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
    Commented Dec 7, 2011 at 0:15
  • @Sklivvz that phenomenon is called reappropriation.
    – Sam I Am
    Commented Dec 7, 2011 at 3:42
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    Only a ginger...
    – Sklivvz
    Commented Dec 7, 2011 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
    Commented Dec 11, 2011 at 9:31


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