Master of Arts (M.A.)
Degree Granting Department
Mariaelena Bartesaghi, Ph.D.
Keith Berry, Ph.D.
Christopher McRae, Ph.D.
sexual battery, power, victimization, consent
This study examines the function of humor as a discourse in discussion of sexual battery. In this study, I examine the ways sexual battery, consent, and victimization are social constructed. Humor is a form of discourse where individuals are allowed to speak more freely about taboo topics, including that of sexual battery. I examine humor within presentations given from a Victim Help Center. Using field notes, slides, videos, and audio-recordings, I analyze instances of humor within the presentations. I analyze the data multimodally, in order to provide a richer, qualitative analysis. In this thesis, I argue that humor observed in the presentations worked to perform power, mask face-threatening acts, enable metaphors, and, essentially authorize accounts of sexual battery. I argue that victim must be performed in a specific way, which is deemed by the university and other state laws on sexual battery, in order to be seriously considered. I believe that this study can contributes to the examination of broader notions of victimization and can work to examine spaces where victim-blaming occur.
Scholar Commons Citation
Candela, Angela Mary, "Telling a Rape Joke: Performing Humor in a Victim Help Center" (2018). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.