Columbia student will carry her mattress until her rapist exits school
September 2, 2014
While most students at Columbia University will spend the first day of classes carrying backpacks and books, Emma Sulkowicz will start her semester on Tuesday with a far heavier burden. The senior plans on carrying an extra-long, twin-size mattress across the quad and through each New York City building – to every class, every day – until the man she says raped her moves off campus.
“I was raped in my own bed,” Sulkowicz told me the other day, as she was gearing up to head back to school in this, the year American colleges are finally, supposedly, ready to do something about sexual assault. “I could have taken my pillow, but I want people to see how it weighs down a person to be ignored by the school administration and harassed by police.”
Sulkowicz is one of three women who made complaints to Columbia against the same fellow senior, who was found “not responsible” in all three cases. She alsofiled a police report, but Sulkowicz was treated abysmally – by the cops, and by a Columbia disciplinary panel so uneducated about the scourge of campus violence that one panelist asked how it was possible to be anally raped without lubrication.
So Sulkowicz joined a federal complaint in April over Columbia’s mishandling of sexual misconduct cases, and she will will hoist that mattress on her shoulders as part savvy activism, part performance art. “The administration can end the piece, by expelling him,” she says, “or he can, by leaving campus.”
As painful as I know the constant reminder of attending school with her rapist must be, I’m glad she won’t be the only one forced to remember. I hope the rapist drops out immediately…or better yet, I hope he faces the justice he deserves.
"Can you not talk about being predatory against vulnerable young women, it makes me very uncomfortable as a women who is against rape in all forms." And then just broken record that shit until he admits to being rapist garbage.
P E R F E C T.
One of my guy friends keeps joking about hitting on teenage girls and I just cannot handle it anymore.
I don’t have the words to deal with him right now so I’m just going to ignore it for the time being. If any of you have any tips, feel free to share.
Hey I’d like all my followers to check out this link an sign this petition.
If we can tweet an post about racism an police brutality then we sign an actually use our voices to usher in change an reform .
All my black brothers & sisters I urge you to share this !
It could be your brother , uncle , nephew , husband or friend .
— Why I’m Still A Butch Lesbian; Vanessa Vitiello Urquhart
Anonymous said: How does radical feminism propose to abolish gender? Isn't removing the rigidity of it a step on that direction? Aren't people who identify as nb essentially doing that?
Being “nonbinary” still validates the existence of a binary. All it says is that the binary doesn’t apply to you, not that the binary isn’t real. Gender is a system of oppression that can only be abolished by a systematic recognition of how and why it exists and is reinforced and a rejection of the concept on a class basis, not through individualistic expressions of identity that ultimately leave the overarching system untouched.
when people act like hitting/choking women during sex isn’t an indicator of misogyny
- it is
- you need to rethink why violence against women gets you hard
but let’s be careful not to kink shame here
there is nothing wrong with CONSENSUAL hitting and choking during sex between two adults
lmao nah im gonna shame the hell outta your kinks if they’re sexualizing violence against women. i dont care if “she wanted it” or not
let’s be careful never to let those people off the hook.