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Does This Facebook Page Promote Rape Culture?

Controversial page once again brings up the Facebook-censorship debate

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Social media sites and censorship has been a heavily debated topic here at WebProNews as of late. First, we discussed a particular Twitter hashtag that popped up on the top trends list, #reasonstobeatyourgirlfriend. The controversial tag led to some petitioning Twitter to remove it from the top trends list.

Days later, some screencaps were grabbed from the Fox News Facebook page that showed people making death threats toward atheists. Fox News later deleted the post containing the comments, but by then the story already had legs. It led us to ask the hypothetical question – Do these vile comments deserve free speech protection?

The current offensive content rattling some people comes in the form of a Facebook page called “You know shes playing hard to get when your chasing her down an alleyway.” Yes, everyone (including the admin) seems to be aware of the grammar mistake in that title, but that’s not exactly what opponents are most concerned about.

As you can imagine, many are taking issue with the connotations of the page. It doesn’t take a genius to parse out the sexual assault and/or rape joke inherent in the page. Some people are concerned that the page even exists, but others are more concerned that is currently has over 172,000 likes.

Some Facebook users have spoken out against the page on the wall (all posts below are from different Facebook users) –

You know shes playing hard to get when your chasing her down an alleywayThankyou to all the potential rapists and girls here who think rape is funny , why dont you go to a family gathering and make some of these jokes with your mums,grandmothers and aunties if your loud and proud. Its actually a good thing that your intellectual enough to post your “thoughts”here because this site has been reported to proper authorities and you will all be watched carefully. as supporters of rape you are possible rapists and girls who suppoprt rape (great mate you’d be ).

You know shes playing hard to get when your chasing her down an alleywayI am sure the police will be interested to know all your names especially those of you who are admitting to rape. Could you be any more underdeveloped evil scum of the earth individuals? But thank you for being absurd enough to post your comments up on such a public forum where you can so easily be named and shamed

You know shes playing hard to get when your chasing her down an alleywayi hope you’re happy with yourselves, this is sick. Rape should NOT be joked about like this.

You know shes playing hard to get when your chasing her down an alleywayyou’re all fucking pigs. this is absolutely atrocious, and i’m sure you’ll all burn in fucking hell for supporting this shit. honestly, do you small minded fucks even realize the seriousness rape causes on woman? (and i bet you didn’t even know that men get raped too).. there’s a lot of physical and emotional pain that NEVER leaves the girl after something like that happens, and sometimes they even feel so guilty to keep the bastard child, caused from your selfish fucking sperm and tiny little penis’. i reported this page and i’ll continue to tell whoever i have to, to shut this shit down. and btw, a man that has to rape is sure pathetic he can’t get laid without violent force.

Some of the comments from fans of the page include: “Running only makes it worse,” “You call it a restraining order, I call it a challenge,” (24 likes) and “roses are red, violets are blue, I’ve got a knife, get in the van” (12 likes).

The page’s creator issued this statement earlier today –

You know shes playing hard to get when your chasing her down an alleywayalot of people are saying this page will be gone soon? but why im just having a joke some people these days just need to relax. i did not even think of rape when i made this yous need to chill the fuck out. and the people why know this is a joke and like having a laugh i love yous ;) <3

In an article at The Huffington Post today, Barbara Hannah Grufferman asks whether this Facebook group (and others like it) condone a “culture of rape.”

She defines that as “a term used to describe a culture in which rape is common, and can be condoned through cultural attitudes and behaviors, including the way its victims are portrayed in the media, and the objectification of certain people (usually women) that seems to make their bodies open to violation.”

One Facebook users discussed the concept of “Rape Culture” as follows –

Virtually all rapists genuinely believe that all men rape, and other men just keep it hushed up better. And more, these people who really are rapists are constantly reaffirmed in their belief about the rest of mankind being rapists like them by things like rape jokes, that dismiss and normalize the idea of rape.

Does this page promote a culture of rape? Or do people need to lighten up and take a joke? Does this joke cross the line?

And even if you feel like this joke is a sick demonstration of how flippant people can be about a horrible thing like rape, what do you think should be done about it? Should Facebook disallow pages like this, or would that go to far toward censoring speech? Let us know what you think in the comments.

[Image above is the group's Facebook page image]

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  • Lisa

    If the so called ‘joke’ were inherently racist would we even be debating whether we should just have a laugh about it??? I can accept the creator may not have been thinking of rape when he created the page but really that has become irrelevant given the nature of many of the posts where people clearly ARE thinking about rape. This includes one man who ‘joked’ about not having time to post anymore since he would be off raping his five year old sister. Have a lost my sense of humour if I don’t find that funny??

    How about a page celebrating every time a British soldier is killed in Afghanistan – does that deserve free speech? I am not pro-censorship generally – I feel that if people are out there saying vile things it’s better to know who and where they are but there are kids reading facebook. Some of the people posting on that site are clearly teenagers from their pictures….what kind of influence are pages like this having when added to a general culture of pornification?

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    As the person who put this up states he was not thinking about rape when he made the joke, this shows the danger of censorship. Often the offence is in the eye of the beholder. As a therapist, a humanitarian and male symathetic to much feminism, I am well aware of the seriousness of rape.
    When I saw the photo and read the caption, I found it faintly amusing. It is not a very good joke. Is anything off limits to humor? Very little, even if it causes offence. The fact that I find something offensive is not a reason for its suppression. Not in a free society. As the old saying goes, “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.”
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  • AL

    All it will take is a major news source saying that Facebook is condoning rape. The page will be gone in seconds!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rape.is.no.joke So

    I am one of a team of people operating A Facebook Community that advances the argument that Rape Is Not A Joke
    facebook.com/rape.is.no.joke” rel=”nofollow”>http://www.facebook.com/rape.is.no.joke

    Effective immediately we are going to begin a boycott and widely promote this boycott of any product advertised on a pro-rape Facebook content page. When you identify an advertiser on any such page, post the full name of the advertiser and the product here at http://www.facebook.com/rape.is.no.joke Also, if you can post a wall image of a screen capture of the advert and page, that would be awesome.

    On the Global List to Boycott so far….
    IKEA
    Samsung

    There is a carrot.
    Some of the big companies that pay Facebook to advertise on the social networking site have asked for their adverts to be removed from one of the pro-rape communities. Sony, American Express and BlackBerry have had their demands answered and in the last few days all advertising has been removed on the group. Congratulations to Sony, American Express and Blackberry. We are promoting these companies and any others that pull their ads fro pro-rape content pages.

    Rape is not a joke. If it is, then we seek to change that.

  • xyz

    the page is back as a “satire” community https://www.facebook.com/pages/Satire-You-know-shes-playing-hard-to-get-when-youre-chasing-her-down-an-alleyway/202244396518127