Showing posts from May, 2014
This evening I’m going to make you all feel uncomfortable, possibly very uncomfortable, and I’m not going to apologise for that. Tonight I want to persuade you to change the way you interpret what you see and hear in our society and I want you to go and share these changes. This is a controversial topic. It’s not going to be easy for you to hear and it wasn’t easy to write. Many times last week I considered changing my topic or opting out of speaking. But I was listening to Jim Mora’s Panel and a panel guest raised this very issue, not only in horror that the comedian used a rape joke in his act, but that most of the audience roared in laughter. Yes, rape isn’t supposed to be what nice people talk about... or do. But it’s conservatively estimated that one in four men commit rape in their lifetime. That seems a stretch until you consider rape as an absence of consent, because that’s what it is. My quest is to challenge your social norms and it is these social norms we all hav