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In general, it is morally wrong to joke about the suffering of a category of people while in front of a person who fits into this category. I argue that, when people play the game Cards Against Humanity, it is likely that they do this very action. Thus, I conclude that it is morally wrong to play Cards Against Humanity.

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1 Lagorio-Chafkin, Christine, ‘The Humans Behind Cards’, Inc (2014), <>.

2 According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), ‘only 344 out of every 1,000 sexual assaults are reported to police. That means about 2 out of 3 go unreported’. ‘The Criminal Justice System: Statistics’, Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, <> [accessed 2016]. It is important for the reader to know that RAINN did not collect these figures but rather reports them from other sources. To illustrate the total numbers, The Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that ‘on average, an estimated 211,000 rapes and sexual assaults went unreported to police each year between 2006 and 2010’. ‘Nearly 3.4 Million Violent Crimes Per Year Went Unreported to Police From 2006 To 2010’, The Bureau of Justice Statistics (2012), <>.

3 Breiding, Matthew J., Smith, Sharon G., Basile, Kathleen C., Walters, Mikel L., et al. , ‘Prevalence and Characteristics of Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence Victimization – National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, United States, 2011’, Surveillance Summaries 63 (2014): 4.

4 The ‘Date Rape’ card has been discontinued by Cards, but it still exists in all decks that were made prior to this discontinuation.

5 Breiding, et al., 4.

6 M. C. Black, K. C. Basile, M. J. Breiding, S. G. Smith, M. L. Walters, M. T. Merrick, J. Chen, and M. R. Stevens, ‘The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report’, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2011), <>, pp 43-44.

7 ‘Child Maltreatment 2014’, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration for Children and Families Administration on Children, Youth and Families Children's Bureau (2016), <>, p 36.

8 ‘Cancer Statistics’, National Cancer Institute (2016), <>.

9 ‘HIV in the United States: At A Glance’, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2016), <>.

10 ‘Statistics: How Many People Have Eating Disorders?’, Anorexia Nervosa & Related Eating Disorders, <> [accessed 2016].

11 ‘Research on Males and Eating Disorders’, National Eating Disorders Association, <> [accessed 2016].

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