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Feminists do so have a sense of humour! When the jokes are funny, that is.

Some women on an online discussion group I’m part of were sharing some jokes today. The group has a slight feminist bent, as it is for women who travel independently. The heading of the topic was “A feminist joke”, and the joke posted by the topic author was this one:

This is about the holidays which just passed in the Catholic world.
One women spoke with another and said: A virgin birth I can believe, but finding three wise men?

Maybe I really am a humourless feminist, but after the first momentary giggle, I find that grating, rather than funny. And yet, the following four jokes, posted by someone else, I find hilarious:

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Um, no.

There’s been a series of rapes in Western Sydney in recent months, apparently committed by the same man. One of the young women he’s attacked saw him again recently (which must be pretty terrible!). [NB: I use the word “attacked” because he didn’t manage to actually rape all the women, but all of the attacks were either rapes or attempted rapes.]

(I don’t think there are too many triggers below the cut, but this is a post about rape, so there may be.)

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I was having a conversation with a Swiss friend of mine the other day, and for some reason our conversation turned to immigration. A couple of days earlier, I’d heard about the Swiss tradition (now disallowed) of allowing communities to vote on whether or not an immigrant should be granted citizenship. So I asked him about his opinion on that.

He was a bit equivocal, as it turned out, could see both sides, but at some point he said “If these people…”

For some reason, I was in the mood for an argument, even more than usual: “These people? These people? What do you mean by these people?”

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I’ve been thinking about parenting in various ways lately, kicked off by various posts. I’ve even written a couple of posts. These have mostly been to do with the roles of mothers and fathers, the societal pressures to stick to reasonably traditional roles (ie mother as primary childcarer and homemaker, father as breadwinner).

I want to partly continue with that theme, but mix in something a bit different.

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