It’s Not Funny: What To Do When Others Joke About Porn

deanne-2_mThe pictures in question were actually of a plane that had run off a runway where my uncle works. He had taken them and was sharing them with a male family member, we’ll call Bob. Bob wanted a member of our extended family to look at them. He was not interested. That was when Bob made the comment:

“Well, why? It isn’t pornography.”

I nearly choked on the piece of cake I was eating. Did he seriously just say that?

I felt my little internal furnace start to heat up, and he was just getting started. He then continued on about how they are “clean” pictures, except for a little mud. He was on a roll, getting the biggest kick out of this blatantly inappropriate line of jesting- in front of complete strangers.

I have a few topics that fall outside of ‘funny’ territory. Pornography is most certainly one of them. It is not funny.

But, I had a problem. Other than the fact that he wasn’t talking to me (but around me), he is an older male family member, and we were at a huge celebration. Not quite the time to get in a throw-down match over the proper discussion of the topic of pornography. Besides, there were small children present (which only added to my desire to stop him).

Half way through yet another joke about how they were clean pictures, I did pipe up and say, “Please stop! He doesn’t want to look at them, and that isn’t funny.” To which Bob responded, “What? I am not doing anything wrong. I am just having some fun with him.”

To read the rest of this very interesting post, go here.

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