Ehtical Questions on humor: Fwd: THE BLONDE AND THE COW

From: Norma Jeane Y.
Sent on: Sunday, November 3, 2013 2:31 AM
When I saw the "Blonde" joke, I had some mixed feelings.  I thought intellectually of other groups that are made fun of -- & Where one draws the line at O. K. humor & perpetuating sexist stereotypes as a "No-No" humor.  Was glad to see the blonde won & the supportive comment at bottom.  I have to admit that I did spontaneously laugh at the unexpected outcome--but then caught myself & realized/questioned What I was laughing about. 
 
I realized, with chagrin, I was laughing at a punchline that contained a bestiality inference.  I stopped to think:  This is Coarse humor--& not something I want to permit myself to laugh at again.  It's sexually-based humor that denigrates humans by implying sex between humans & animals -- more abusive to the cow because she was the unwilling victim.  It also perpetuates the image of men raping females at will.  The cow certainly deserves Better--to be "made love to" by a bull of her own choice (although I know that female animals are not always gently treated or inseminated by their male counterparts in the name of love.  But, at least, it would be one of their own species. 
 
I questioned myself further, then, about the ethics of "city people" being O. K. "butts of jokes."  If the joke had said it was a "city girl"--or "city boy," for that matter, the punchline could have still worked.  It would have poked fun at the assumption the farm man had about city people.  The "blonde" sexism was unnecessary.  With the blonde And the city girl paired, it was a "double stereotype" that had double the possibility for questionable butts of jokes. 
 
I know it's important to not take ourselves too seriously -- we need to be able to "laugh at ourselves" & have humor in our lives.  However; I think that humor that perpetuates sexism, racism, homophobism or other negative "isms" should be avoided or eliminated.  "Verboten."  Taboo.  Politically incorrect.  I've have long felt that much sexual or "toliet humor" is coarse & debasing of human dignity.  Humor that is too self-deprecating or denigrating of the human body, I feel does humans an injustice & reduces the respect of the human being.  And it probably also shows the uncomfortability of the speaker with the subject of sexuality or their Own sexuality. 
 
There is plenty of "material" for humor that does not perpetuate these ugly, ignorant, uneducated stereotypes, diseases & attitudes.  The human body is a work of art & is something to be Uplifted--not denigrated!
 
Personally; in general, I think I'd rather see ALL "blonde" jokes disappear.  The stereotype has been with us far too long already.  Same with "dumb Pollock" jokes.  And; of course, all racist jokes.
 
Also; as an animal rights--as well as human rights activist, I think artificial insemination of cows or other animals is despicable & unethical.  It's legalized rape of the cow for commercial purposes.  It's animal abuse for human consumption or entertainment or profit--as in the case of racehorses bred for their racing blood line.  It's more examples of humans thinking that they're at "The Top" & can do anything they damn well please to other animals or other forms of life.  It's ego at its ugliest.
 
--Norma
 
 


Subject: Fw: THE BLONDE AND THE COW
 
 
 
A blonde city girl named Amy marries a Colorado rancher.

One morning, on his way out to check on the cows, the rancher says to Amy,

'The insemination man is coming over to impregnate one of our cows today, so  I drove a nail into the 2 by 4 just above where the cow's stall is in the barn. Please show him where the cow is when he gets here, OK?'

The rancher leaves for  the fields. After a while, the artificial insemination man arrives and  knocks on the front door. "I came to inseminate the cow", he  said.

Amy takes him down to the barn. They walk along the row of  cows, and when Amy sees the nail, she tells him, 'This is the one right  here.'

The man, assuming he is dealing with an airhead blonde, asks, 'Tell me, lady,  'cause I'm dying to know. How would YOU know that this is the right cow to be bred?'

'That's simple." she  said. "By the nail that's over its stall,' she explains very  confidently.

Laughing rudely at her,  the man says, 'And what, pray tell, is the nail for?'

The blonde turns to walk away and says sweetly over her shoulder, "I  guess it's to hang your pants on," she replied.

(It's nice to see a blonde winning...once in awhile.)
 




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