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Excellent discussion! Thanks.
I'm glad you wrote "either validating or making light of." I semi-recently did a lot of research into the theory of humor, and this is a main critical split on *ist jokes. The latter approach seems to be winning, and I find it more supportable--that jokes don't have truth value anyway, so any claim that they validate ideas is suspect. But if not validating, it is spreading, and in an inappropriately light-hearted way.
But the vital issue, as you so perfectly put it, is, "Because they hurt the feelings of people who have done nothing to merit such pain, whether you meant it to or not."