Letters to the Editor: 10.7
Published: Thursday, October 6, 2011
Updated: Thursday, October 6, 2011 23:10
What happened to having a sense of humor?
Dearest UConn, a few weeks ago, I submitted an InstantDaily reflective of the types of shenanigans that I purposely put myself and my friends in. Last Friday, I was sitting in the Union with my roommate, when an article caught my eye: "Sexual Assault Is No Joke." It had me reacting in disbelief, shock, and then annoyance. I was the one who submitted the InstantDaily, "After the Female Orgasm lecture, I decided to be a good Samaritan by checking my roommate for breast cancer; she didn't seem to appreciate my selflessness."
The first thing I did was turn to my roommate and show her the article. "Was what I did that bad?" I asked. She replied no. Honestly, I am still flabbergasted how I went from student to a sexual predator. I am insulted that Friday's article turned me from an IM comedian into an advocate for sexual assault. I apologize if the latter is what you believe me to be. In my defense, humor is subjective. As much as I hate to admit it, I myself, do not find everything on Instant Daily funny. If you do not like it, move on and find something else to laugh at. Humor is also not meant to be taken literally. If everyone took humor literally, I'm pretty sure the cascades of sexist and other politically incorrect jokes on Family Guy would have caused it to be pulled within the first few years; instead, it is on its 10th season and counting. What I wrote on Instant Daily on 9/22 was not meant advocate sexual assault neither on mine nor the InstantDaily's part. After all, who in their right mind would actively, consciously advocate for sexual assault? To believe it is a ridiculous and rather extremist point of view.
And, yes, I am a woman. It was also, a work of fiction. Hello, it's InstantDaily. Since when has information pulled from the internet been reliably truthful? And no, as much as her boyfriend might want me to, I never touched my roommate. I thought that would have been obvious given that a.) About 80-90% of the people who attended the Female Orgasm lecture were women, and b.) Although UConn does provide gender-free housing, the great majority of people are in same-sex rooming. Apparently, that idea slipped through Cindy's mind.
In closing, I would like to thank Cindy Luo for being such a good sport on the topic. Now, if you excuse me, I'm going to watch one man touch another man's genitalia.