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 also filed 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.
Police in Manitoba seek information on two missing Native sisters
Police in Winnipeg, Manitoba, are seeking information about two Native sisters who went missing last week.
Mary-Anne Hudson, 12, and Nakita Hudson, 14, were last seen on August 26. Police say they were known to frequent Winnipeg’s North End and shopping malls in downtown Winnipeg and Polo Park.
Photographer: Gavin Fernandes
“I think it’s a social responsibility. I think it’s OUR responsibility to stand up and say what we want and what we don’t want. […] When they announced that Falcon was going to be Cap in the comic books, the internet went crazy. ‘Marvel and their liberal… stupid… I’m tired… Thor’s a woman and she’s stupid.’ But the first Cap was a black dude, like the Tuskegee Airmen. And, before this, the Falcon was Cap once before. So now for you to say ‘Oh they made him black because of Obama’? Dude, you have no idea what you’re talking about. And I feel like that kind of ridiculousness is what is holding us back as a group of people who are trying to create something great in the name of art.”
Anthony Mackie (x), when asked about pushing for more diversity
I couldn’t quite hear everything he said in the internet troll voice. But this was the gist.
cotton, algodón, cotón
how many other “inventions” of the modern world are overlooked because they came from POC?
I’m so tired of people assuming there were no amazing world advancements happening in mexico and latin america.
THIS WAS THE FUCKING TENTH CENTURY! A very very low point in European history. but white people are the pillar of civilization,right?
“I love that sweet smell of decay that surrounds me in forests and woods. A kind of mulchy, deep, rich rot that has no connotation of death or ending, but rather of life and age. A sense of perpetual destruction and rebirth.”
– (via dearfern) okaaaay I mean not the perpetual LIFE vs. DEATH thing but I still maintain my favorite smell is cedar. Should write more about smells. (via jenyfly)