Does Penny Arcade Support Rape Culture?
(Trigger warning for graphic descriptions of sexual violence and unmoderated comments.)
I’m going to walk you through the story of an internet fight about rape, and the flame wars that have erupted.
Popular web comic Penny Arcade put out this comic last week, in which they made a not-atypical-for-them but still in-relatively-poor-taste rape joke.
Shaker Milli A, a guest blogger at popular feminist blog Shakesville, posted some commentary on it, addressing why she doesn’t find rape funny.
Among the comments on her post was this one from Melissa McEwan, founder of Shakesville and all around feminist badass:
This is not the part that made me mad.
This is the part that made me mad.
Penny Arcade, after receiving complaints on the original comic, wrote a follow up, in which they essentially said “we are sorry that you are upset because that means you won’t stop bothering us so let’s make another tasteless rape joke because we are so edgy and you are so humorless.”
And that my friends, is when the shit hit the fan.
Melissa McEwan, founder of Shakesville and all around feminist badass wrote a response to the comic response.
I think the key point she is making here is this:
Rape culture is normalized.