Sociologist at UCSF wants more comedians to joke about abortion

Professor Gretchen Sisson: "Comedy has often been used as a subversive way of challenging predominant social structures”

Gretchen Sisson (Photo – Devlin Shand for Drew Altizer Photography)

A sociologist at the University of California, San Francisco wants more comedians to joke about abortion, calling it “new ground” for television comedies to address.

The argument was made by Gretchen Sisson, PhD, a sociologist at the UCSF research group Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), where she focuses on “representations of abortion and reproductive decision making in popular culture.”

In line with her research at the ANSIRH, Sisson just published an article in the new issue of the journal Feminist Media Studies arguing that the use of “abortion plotlines” in television shows could be a valuable tool to help “destigmatize” abortion.

”Comedy has often been used as a subversive way of challenging predominant social structures,” she added.

Not only could an abortion plotline be “funny,” but it could also help encourage mainstream support for abortion access because television can have a strong influence on popular culture, Sisson speculates, citing for example the rise of feminist and pro-abortion iconography based around the Hulu show The Handmaid’s Tale.  

Full story at Campus Reform.

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  1. Lots of fun at a party, this one. Naturally she reels with giggles at the mere mention of slavery or the Holocaust.

    Her enjoyment of abortion is an affront to people of good will. Certainly her brand of humor disqualifies her from being considered as such.

  2. Joel Fago says:

    Abortion, killing unborn babies, is sad, not funny.

  3. Michael P. Mc Crory says:

    This is no surprise. When a person has no Absolute truths to guide
    them ( – no God – ) like Gretchen. they become stupid.

  4. St. Christopher says:

    Evidence of Satan’s angelic intelligence at work. Actions that Man takes can be sinful, especially in the area of sexual actions. Abortion — murder of the pre-born — is the most evident and morally repulsive of these. And, Dr. “Death” Sisson is entirely correct that making abortion seem just another commonplace choice will, over time, make it at least less odious.

    Just look at what “other” sexual sins are now seemly “not so bad.” Not long ago, homosexual sex was a crime. Now, homosexual sex is almost welcomed, and certainly never criticized. Ditto divorce, fornication and adultery (all with lots of jokes told and the like). We must fight back at each such accommodation.

  5. Liberal Mark says:

    This is disgusting! But the good professor provides an object lesson in that earning a PhD does not necessarily make one moral…or an intellectual.

  6. The group she was speaking to is an adjunct of Planned Parenthood. .
    She is also a member of the Board of Directors for “Bitch Med.a,”

  7. The Watchman says:

    Just imagine this woman is a Professor pushing this anti God diabolical agenda on young students. Abortion is a very serious crime against humanity not something that you should be joking about. Jesus Christ King of Kings Lord of Lords True God and True Man is coming back soon like a thief in the night and end this nightmare called abortion right across America and the world. No matter what your sin is seek God’s love and mercy before it is too late. End abortion now! Adoption is the loving option. Pray America Pray. Pray Pray Pray!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Some things should be stigmatized. Killing your baby is not material for jokes. I just read a letter from a woman who had an abortion at the request of the baby daddy because she was desperate to keep him. (Why?) Women are not empowered until they can take responsibility for themselves and their decisions. Making jokes about women who are so messed up that they will kill their own child (or even have sex when they don’t want children) is really inappropriate.

    • TheVeiledThreat says:

      Well, the jokes won’t be about “women who are so messed up that they will kill their own child (or even have sex when they don’t want children)” because there is no humor in the truth about abortion.

      Comedians will only present the “lighter side” whatever that is… ?????

  9. Terribly sad….what a lost soul. All we can do is pray the Lord will lead her to repentance and, ultimately, to the one true faith: Catholicism.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes you are right. The Lord made this known to us so that we can pray for her.
      “If you say this prayer, with a contrite heart and with faith, on behalf of some sinner I will give that soul the grace of conversion”. “O Blood and water that gushed forth from the heart of Jesus, as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You”.
      I wish CCD could start a prayer intention page. I will use the blank one on Father Perozich’s page called Prayer Categories but using it has limits (like my bad handwriting and dimming eyesight.)
      http://richardperozich.com/parish-forms/

  10. In light of Gretchen Sisson said about comedy being used as a subversive way of challenging predominant social structures, it is alarming that they’re also beginning to joke about cannibalism. See, for example, John McAfee’s (of McAfee internet security) tweets:

    https://twitter.com/officialmcafee/status/950817709876502530

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