I'd be interested to know if a similar shame is attached to the female victims of rape as well -- perhaps not of being "less than a woman," but of being impure, dishonored, etc.
Humor is a way of dealing with incongruity and fear. Inappropriate is a near-synonym to incongruous, so humor is often about inappropriate behavior (see 'The Aristocrats'). Also, when we are afraid, the amygdala is highly active and can decrease the ability of the forebrain to attend to content. This is why, in mediation, we ask people to not yell; that overtly angry face is has priority of attention to the person being yelled at. While they assess the primary threat, the content of the communication is not attended to, so the person just knows the yeller is angry, but is less likely to understand why.
So humor, like categorizing the offender as an outsider (and like over-analyzing a situation, as I am doing), is another way to try to calm the emotions and let the forebrain come up with some objective way of handling the situation.
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