Thoughts on Tolerance 2.5: Censored for trying to cope

Thursday, 12th February 2009 at 9:00 UTC 1 comment

Found something I want to stick in as an extra, so its 2.5 out of 3. Having talked about tolerance of sex where one can at least assume that the sex itself is consensual, here’s something rather interesting about how society handles the more horrifying side of sex.

Dresden Doll’s Amanda Palmer on Abortion, Rape, Art and Humor.

What if the only way one can deal with horrific sexual abuse is by laughing at it, by way of standing up to its effects? What if doing so results in your music getting censored?

The Dresden Dolls are known for their ability to talk straight about sexual matters. After all, their wonderful-if-over-played “Coin Operated Boy” is basically an ode to a vibrator/dildo. But it seems that being able to talk openly, defiantly, and shock horror, with some black humour, about rape and abortion, has driven them into the brick wall of censureship.

Singer Amanda Palmer has written a very ranty rant all about the experience, and I encourage you to read it and reflect on the way we use humour to stop ourselves being over-come, and how society ascribes certain emotional responses to certain experiences, and how they can be hugely destructive.

Interesting side-note: I found these views a little hard to get my head around; perhaps they are very hard to tollerate, but once I managed that, I found myself broadly agreeing with what was being said. Funny how often initial reactions have to set aside in order to tolerate.

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Entry filed under: Art, Culture, Free Speech, Gender, Humour, Mental Health, Women.

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  • 1. Justin Brett  |  Sunday, 15th February 2009 at 21:18 UTC

    Were it not for your link I would never have found the Amanda Palmer post, or know anything about this piece of censorship. I suppose it is a bit ranty, but I find myself agreeing with nearly all of it, and am grateful to have read it. Thank you.

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