Mainstream Dehumanization, or, What John Oliver Taught Me About Mass Incarceration

Here’s one sign that the “common sense” about people in prison is totally dehumanizing: prison rape jokes. I struggle to wrap my brain around how rape jokes of any kind could be so mainstream, and yet it took John Oliver to get me to think about it, and I write this blog! So if it never occurred to you to question these not-so-subtle forms of social disdain, please don’t find yourself paralyzed by guilt (that’s tiresome) and also please watch John Oliver’s rant on prisons. This is seriously worthwhile even if you’re a better person than I and already knew prison rape wasn’t funny; he covers a lot (and there are muppets).

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