Dane Cook’s transcript from his “Isolated Incident” tour on Comedy Central:
I think the word we need to remove from our everyday vernacular is the word “raped.”
I think the word raped gets thrown around far too casually. You ever listen to a bunch of guys playing video games with each other online? It’s like, “Ah man you shot me in the back dude. You raped me dude!”
I’m pretty sure if I talked to a woman who’s been through that horrific situation and I said, “What was it like you know being raped?" She’s not gonna look at me and go, “Have you ever played Halo?”
After watching Dane Cook’s Isolated Incident Tour on the Comedy Central, and hearing his opinion on the word rape, he definitely caught my attention. Not only does he say the word rape needs to be removed from everyday conversations but that the word rape is used to loosely.
I know from personal experience. I have seen and heard the word rape be used inappropriately far too often whether it is in a friend’s Facebook status or in casual conversation. I know in today’s society we have begun the transition of using the word rape to use sexual assault which is a broader term. This being the case I have never seen someone using the term sexual assault out of context or in a casual matter so we shouldn't be using the word rape out of context. Both sexual assault and rape are acts of sexual violence and sexual violence is no joking matter. So what can we do to stop the word rape from be used so casually?
First, we need to be aware. Be aware of the meaning of the word rape. Look up the actual meaning of the word!
Second, acknowledge what the word rape may mean to a victim of rape. Chances are a victim will have strong feelings about the word rape and the word will be no joking matter.
Thirdly, take a stand! If you hear someone using the word rape in a loose matter question that person. Get them to think about the meaning of the word.
Help bring Awareness in your everyday life! We ALL have the power to do so!
Thank you Dane Cook for questioning the use of the word rape.