Here's a fun one for you: Someone puts Jane Austen on a bank note in the UK and then receives 50 rape threats an hour for twelve hours straight. RAPE THREATS. 50 of them PER HOUR. FOR A WHOLE DAY. Let that sink in for a minute. Then, in the aftermath of that story, journalists covering and criticizing the response receive BOMB THREATS. Like actual threats involving journalists' real addresses and promises that those addresses will no longer be there at such and such a time. For being a journalist that thinks that maybe threatening to rape someone isn't appropriate. Do we even have to talk about how fucking crazy that is?? All over a fucking Jane Austen bank note, fachrissakes! Anyway, this gentleman--a fellow early modern literature scholar and genuinely awesome dude--penned a nice concise little analysis of the overarching issues that is spot-on about the stakes involved. http://quiteirregular.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/rape-threats-its-a-free-speech-issue/ Have a read and then let's talk about the crazy. Hint: if you intend to argue, for some reason, that rape jokes are just jokes and shouldn't be taken seriously or any other variation on "rape jokes are kind of okay," I'm going to verbally eviscerate you. It's not an ad hominem attack when your argument rests on you being a shitty person. Just so ya know.