Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Shorter Memebase: Rape is for the Lolz

I've been mulling over posting this because I think it reveals just how very low my standards are for a laugh on the internet. Despite my reservations, I'm just going to go all in. I read Memebase. It's shameful, and I know it. The jokes are frequently low brow and every -ist ever existed. While I am well aware of this, I skim over the crap as every so often there's a gem in the mix that makes me giggle.

I mean, as a pop culture junkie and I just can't help but get a kick out of the mere concept of memes..."an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture?" It fascinates me. Plus, I can't bear not being in on a joke. Sigh.

[Image text: Calorie count menu for various sexual activities UPDATED 8/16/13...the original pic link from memebase didn't work anymore so I found this nearly exact list. However, the "meme" part isn't on here.]

Annoying justifications aside, yesterday cruising through the memes, I came across this...I'll ignore the stupid part added at the bottom which perpetuates two female stereotypes at once*  (which is the meme part...) because I couldn't get past the first damn calorie count. "Removing her Clothes, with her consent 12 calories, without her consent 187 calories."

That, to me, is a big old pile of WTF, even for some place as stupid as Memebase. Are we REALLY putting it out there that rape is not only a totally cool, funny thing, but it's also extra great because you can burn more calories?!?  The core demographic of Memebase is younger than me, and they are undoubtedly receiving this message without any mitigating factors to urge them to actually think about what was just said. If this isn't the epitome of rape culture, I don't know what is.

I guess this was the kick in the pants I needed to abandon the trash that is Memebase. It's one thing when I over look mildly politically incorrect thing after politically incorrect thing, but when rape is lightheartedly on the front page, it just makes me sick. Shame on the Cheezburger Network.

*In case it wasn't clear the two stereotypes are that 1) Women fake orgasms and female sexual pleasure is unimportant. 2) Women really love burning those calories to stay good lookin for the menz.

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