Femicide: Your joke is not so funny now, is it?

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How did the medical community come up with the term “PMS”? “Mad Cow Disease” was already taken.

A man is being arrested by a female police officer, who informs him, “Anything you say can and will be held against you.” The man replies, “Boobs!”

As an airplane is about to crash, a female passenger jumps up frantically and announces, “If I’m going to die, I want to die feeling like a woman.” She removes all her clothing and asks, “Is there someone on this plane who is man enough to make me feel like a woman?” A man stands up, removes his shirt and says, “Here, iron this!”.

These are three of the sexist jokes I have seen on social media sites recently.

I usually laugh off sexist jokes and do not take offence. When I recently saw the Afrikaans word “d**s” (a derogatory reference to female genitalia) being used to describe a man negatively in the media, I did not voice my concerns loudly enough.

Today, I realised that the time of smiling and waving is over. Because tolerating sexist jokes and remarks contributes to the problem that is femicide and the culture of talking down of women.

Thousands of women are wearing black today. It is our silent yet strong act of protesting gender based violence.

Soweto Urban reports: “41% of people raped are children and only one in nine rape cases are reported. Of those reported, only 4% result in prosecution.” According to the publication, this can be attributed to an inept justice system and a culture of rape and denial, which protects perpetrators and denigrates survivors.

Today, I take a stand. Mister, I am not your laughing stock and my body is not your crime scene.

We need to demand better. Only if respect for women is the norm, will we see things turn around.

Therefore, I ask one thing of you in today’s Clicklaw:

If you see sexism online, report it. If you know about violence being perpetrated against a woman, speak out! If you see a joke that vilifies women, take a stand against it. Do not share it on social media.

And, with respect:

Don’t insult others. Don’t use the d-word.

Helene Eloff