"Hold My Hand As I’m Lowered" by Noah and the Whale
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.
you know what i fucking hate? anime. you know what i spend all my time watching? anime.
"I want you to fear me, to hate me with a passion—and then terminate me. First you fear me. Then you hate me. And finally you kill me."
Kafka on the Shore is turning straight into some naruto shit let tell you.
*looks at drawing of fictional boy* boys arent so bad i guess
*sees a real boy* i was wrong
Nine pictures of Shikamaru Nara
Requested by anonymous.
hey there everybody i just wanted to stop in real quick and say yikes
i swear i’m not a weeaboo but some anime openings make me want to parkour off several buildings and then run across the ocean to africa
masculinity is so fragile
This past Friday was my 20th birthday. Lots of people asked me what I was going to do, how I was going to celebrate, and my answer was always a sheepish smile followed by “I don’t know”. I think people were :| about my lackluster reaction to having a birthday in London, especially given the liberties we have here, but I’m not much of a birthday person to begin with. I ended up going out with my friends the night before, then coming back to the flat to play cards. My friends surprised me with the mini cake and it was a blast.
I can’t believe how long it took me to choose a tumblr theme for this blog and how long it took me to edit the theme to make the font size bigger ;_; I hope people are reading it, so I’m reposting here. I’ll probably do this for the next post too, but after that, I’ll most likely stop unless I do something really awesome. Haha, okay, sorry, bye.