College "rape culture" movement fails again as Mattress Girl releases sex video

By this point, most of you are probably already familiar with the story of Emma Sulkowicz, the Columbia University art student who accused fellow student Paul Nungesser of rape last year. The fact that later investigations by the police and journalists saw her story pretty much fall apart never deterred Sulkowicz, who carried a mattress around campus for the rest of her time there as a symbol of her oppression or something. (She rarely if ever mentioned that she was getting college credit for the “performance art” and it served as her graduate thesis.)

Nungesser is in the process of suing the university for failing to protect him from harassment, and both of the main characters in this horrid little tale have now graduated. But Emma hasn’t slowed down and seems determined to keep extending her fifteen minutes of fame. She’s now released a new “art project” which seems to be a video of her being not raped (as is made clear in the title of the film) by a guy who sexually abuses her in a dorm room. And the famous mattress is in the scene as well.

The Columbia University student who carried her mattress around campus to protest how the school dealt her alleged rapist has created a video of herself having violent sex for her latest art piece.

Emma Sulkowicz’s new work, ‘Ceci N’est Pas Un Viol’ or ‘This is not a rape’, shows the 22-year-old engaging in consensual sexual contact with an unidentified man before it takes a dark twist.

In the footage, she cries in pain and protest in a dorm room as she is slapped, choked and forced into rough sex, the New York Daily News reported.

The art world – as represented by ArtNet News – seemed quick to embrace her, and repeated the “important questions” which she wants everyone to ask themselves.

“Are you searching for proof? Proof of what?,” “What do you want from this experience?,” “How well do you think you know me? Have we ever met?,” and “Do you refuse to see me as either a human being or a victim? If so, why? Is it to deny me agency and thus further victimize me? If so, what do you think of the fact that you owe your ability to do so to me, since I’m the one who took a risk and made myself vulnerable in the first place?”

Following the lead of other outlets with an ounce of taste, I’m not going to include or link to the video, which Joe Cunningham at Redstate described as a poorly shot porno with terrible camera angles. (It seems to have been taken down anyway.) But her continued insistence in changing the world by getting people to embrace her victimhood, combined with the suit that Nungesser has brought, should serve as a reminder of the real problem here. Columbia had the chance to learn from this media circus and find a better way to handle conflicts such as this. Instead, they chose to make a different sort of change.

Following the case, the university changed the way it handles sexual assault allegations. Both sides are now allowed to bring a lawyer and if they do not have one, Columbia will provide one for them.

Excuse me, but that’s not fixing the problem. The issue here is not that Columbia University “mishandled the rape investigation” by not providing an attorney or failing to follow best practices. The problem is that some college board is investigating allegations of a serious crime. What is it about this that these elite educational enclaves are failing to grasp? If someone is a victim of (or accused of) assault, rape, murder, robbery, racketeering or anything else along those lines, it’s a matter for the police and the courts. They are equipped to handle these situations, not a panel composed of university professors, student advisers and random members of the groundskeeping staff. When you turn the zoo over to the control of the peacocks you’re not going to wind up with a productive result.

Columbia has embarrassed itself in a huge way in a situation which could have been quickly resolved by the authorities and with a bit of enhanced security around the people involved until the investigation was complete. But now the mask has been pulled away and they are facing a lawsuit from a student whose life was changed forever despite being exonerated on all charges. Just because the Trigger Warning Crew wants to change the world in new an unusual ways, there is no excuse for gutting your university from within just to accommodate them. But the show rolls on and nothing has changed. One has to wonder what it will take before sanity comes back in vogue.