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This question was spawned as the result of a comment on another question

I am sure there are a number of jokes {about rape}! I am not so sure that they are told so commonly to make any difference to the rapists though. Also, there are a number of Jew jokes--possibly many more than rape jokes. Does this make anti-Semites feel that it is socially accepted to be racist or even that "everybody is a racist"?

Is there any evidence that these sorts of displays of at least quasi-acceptance of anti-social behaviors leads perpetrators to believe that their acts are acceptable and common?

  • Anecdotal evidence. See for example this joke about jews, retold on a Jewish newspaper. Also, think about African-Americans calling themselves via the N-word. Does this make anybody think it's OK to use that word? – Sklivvz Dec 7 '11 at 0:15
  • @Sklivvz that phenomenon is called reappropriation. – Sam I Am Dec 7 '11 at 3:42
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    Only a ginger... – Sklivvz Dec 7 '11 at 9:20
  • @Chad: I've had to clean the comments in the other question. Remember that comments come and go easily so it's not wise to point to them elsewhere :-) – Sklivvz Dec 11 '11 at 9:31

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