Saul Alvarez pleaded not guilty to first-degree attempted rape in Manhattan on Thursday, saying he was just joking when he knocked a Central Park jogger to the ground, covered her mouth, and tried to pull her off the path. Alvarez is testing the absolute limits of the rape joke. The joke goes like this: I knock you down and pretend I'm going to rape you. What? It's funny! Don't be so uptight!

This is what actually happened in court, according to the New York Daily News' Shayna Jacobs. "My prank was supposed to be to scare her by grabbing her from behind and taking her down to the ground," Alvarez said in Manhattan Supreme Court. He said he jogged behind the woman for 5 or 10 minutes, because "her eyes made me think that she had a good sense of humor and she was a good person to play the prank on." She did not, and after she broke free she went to the police.

On Thursday, Patricia Lockwood posted a poem on The Awl which pretty much for good put an end to the idea that rape jokes are funny. It starts:

The rape joke is that you were 19 years old.

The rape joke is that he was your boyfriend.

The rape joke it wore a goatee. A goatee.

Imagine the rape joke looking in the mirror, perfectly reflecting back itself, and grooming itself to look more like a rape joke. “Ahhhh,” it thinks. “Yes. A goatee.”

No offense. …

Read the rest here.

(Above, an anti-harassment mural in Cairo.)