So, let's talk about "woman" jokes. We've all heard them. Some of us might have even told these jokes in our more naive/foolish years (I'm guilty of this). (Side note: if you're still telling derogatory jokes, please stop). And we probably have friends/acquaintances that still tell some of these jokes. Here are some ways to shut these common jokes down and change the conversation.
The next time some person comes up and says, "Oh, I heard this great joke. Okay, ready? So what do you tell a woman with 2 black eyes?"
Interrupt before they can answer with this, "Hey, I have serious concerns that you might be in an abusive relationship, and here are some resources if you'd like help." (Resources Here)
Insistent Person: "Fine, you don't like that one, how about this: why can't women drive? Because there's no room for a highway between the kitchen and the bedroom!"
You: "Oh, I get it, this joke says that women only exist to create food and have penes stuck inside of them. Is your masculinity really that fragile?"
Increasingly agitated person: "Hey now, we all know that 9 out of 10 participants enjoy gang rape."
You: "Multiple assailant rape happens every day, even here, even in this town, and for you to make light of the suffering of others is callous and disgusting."
Dear Readers, you are empowered, you are enlightened, you are activists. When someone says something, speak up. Turn that feeling of revulsion in the pit of your stomachs into an Act of Revolution.