For an article to be truly satirical it shouldn't reinforce the views which contribute to rape and the minimizing of rape trauma.
The article, written by opinion editor John Petroski, details several "benefits" that rape has made to civilization over the years. The article describes rape as a "magical experience" that has been a blessing to "ugly women."
"If it weren't for rape, how would they ever know the joy of intercourse with a man who isn't drunk?" the article asks.
Student editors at the paper said the article was meant to be a satirical jab at the sensationalistic nature of the modern news media.
From the The Recorder, here's the conclusion (on pg. 7):
But if there is one bread and butter reason for why rape should not only be accepted, but even endorsed, it is because our news editors are in dire need of interesting stories for our front page. Bookstore stories? Fossils? One dollar coins? Please. Now, some saucy circle-jerk rape action? Yeah, that's the ticket.So the whole point of the satirical piece is to protest against the reporting of student rapes on page one of a student newspaper?
The editor-in-chief of The Recorder, Mark Rowan, said the reaction proved the point the article was trying to make. If that's true then his point was that mocking rape victims isn't funny to anyone except rapists and those who are willing to look the other way when girls and women are raped.
He also said that the problem was that the intended message fell on deaf ears, but the problem isn't that the message fell on deaf ears, the problem was that the message which was written was received loud and clear. He then went on to complain that a serious article about identity theft in the same issue was overlooked, but that result was caused by the decision to include this particular satirical piece.
If the intention wasn't to mock rape victims throughout history then this student writer should have had this story rejected until it focused on it's intended target: media sensationalism.
Hint: The target of satire (sensationalistic nature of the modern news media, for example) shouldn't be left out of all but the last paragraph of the article.
Next to this satirical piece which fell flat is a satirical article about the death of the racehorse Barbaro written by Mark T. Rutkowski which uses satire to explore attitudes about human death and extreme political intervention such as was done in regards to Terri Schiavo. While it uses satire, it raises serious issues and challenges readers to think those issues and how many of us hold inconsistent views about the sanctity of life.
The other satire seems to say, "Got raped? Good for you. Now shut up and sit down. We don't care."
Who in their right mind would have any problem with that sort of message when it's given with a satirical wink?
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