Date Presented


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Alisha Walker Marciano


This study examined the role humor plays on the acceptance of rape myths in college students. This study sought to determine if the type of joke (sexist, feminist or neutral) and the reception method (reading or listening) had an impact on how much an individual accepts rape myths. Participants either read or listened to five jokes from one of three joke categories: sexist, feminist, or neutral. The participants then answered questions regarding joke hilarity and took a rape myth acceptance measure.Type of joke and reception method did not affect rape myth acceptance although participants did find the neutral jokes to be funnier than sexist and feminist jokes. Results imply that short term exposure to different types of jokes does not affect attitudes about rape and sexual assault.