Joyce Carol Oates

Andrew Dice Clay's outrageous comedy

Few people may be aware that a taboo exists, but everyone knows when it’s violated. A stand-up comedian appears on stage and, with no preface, simply yells an obscenity; people are likely to laugh and applaud as if he has said something funny. When the comedian refers matter-of-factly to women as ”chicks,” ”whores,” and ”sluts,” offering the observation that they ”are always looking for someone to treat them like the pigs they are,” among those who laugh and applaud most enthusiastically are women — in Andrew Dice Clay’s audiences, at least.

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