It has been a long time since I cast my thoughts on the blog. I’ve been busy writing the NEW ACT stuff– don’t forget to check it out at www.stopthetraffik.org/act!
Now I have a bit more time, I will be back with my regular blog spot. Here’s entry number 1…
My buddy Preston sent me an article about an online community who may have helped save 2 girls from an unknown, murky fate. You can read it here http://motherjones.com/mojo/2010/05/metafilter-russian-sex-ring – it’s interesting (shorter version here http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thehumancondition/archive/2010/05/21/excl…
The article and situation are both very interesting and show how important it is to raise awareness and tell as many people as possible about the dangers of human trafficking.
The thing that struck me though, were the comments people made after the article. One said ‘i am glad they’re safe etc, but were they hot?’
To which someone replied…..
‘Yes, it’s hilarious to make jokes about young women who might have become sex slaves. Because, you know, if they were HOT, it makes it cool to fantasize about having sex with them against their will (aka raping them)’
‘.. like most human beings, now that the crisis is over, I’ll find a bit of humor in it…’
Similarly, I watched a TV show being recorded last week where the host made a joke about girls who’d been trafficked into the sex industry. At first I was shocked but then I thought about it and realised that for trafficking to be mentioned on mainstream TV at all – especially on a comedy show – may mean that trafficking is no longer such a hidden crime and it is a good and positive sign that people are more clued into the issue.
So here are my thoughts…..
Is it ok to make jokes about things like trafficking if it sparks debate? Is it ok to excuse something being said for comedy value if it means a term or issue is more understood / in the public domain? Do we use humor as a way of processing and dealing with horrific information? If so, why haven’t there been loads of holocaust comedies?
I don’t know, it’s just got me thinking. Think with me…….