In this article, British comedian Michael J Dolan takes himself to task for writing misogynist jokes. It’s a rare, powerful moment of self-awareness and analysis:“The defence so often used is that they’re only jokes. They’re not to be taken at face value, we obviously don’t mean it. But you’ll rarely hear a contemporary act try to justify racism that way. We know that in a culture of racism every racist joke contributes to that culture and that none of them are acceptable. This is no different. In our culture of misogyny, of violence against women, every misogynistic joke contributes.
I wasn’t vigilant enough. I let things into my act that I shouldn’t have. I believe we need to hold ourselves to a higher standard than we currently do and think beyond just crowd pleasing. The crowd don’t necessarily know what’s best for us.”