1. thepeoplesrecord:

    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.”

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    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. 

    (via im-kicking-the-curb)


  2. "

    loving you was like reading my favorite book for the first time, and realizing half way through that it just knocked all other books out. halfway through me and you, I realized you were my favorite book. every crease, corner, page, and chapter of you was my favorite.

    but then loving you was like finishing my favorite book for the first time. and I’m burned out carrying this novel around not knowing what to do. knowing I could never read another story that made me feel the way this one did. my heart still aches and starting it over isn’t an option. because beginnings, at least the good ones, are always slow. and it’s too many pages away from the peak in the book where everything is perfect and I just want to rush back to that spot. but then it’s not enough pages away from the drop in the book that opened my chest and shredded what was inside.

    loving you is like that. and I can’t start over with you because I know how this book ends, and I don’t have the energy to write a sequel.

    (it would never be as good as the first anyway.)

    so I’m stuck carrying around this book that tells the beautiful story of a lost love that was supposed to last forever. and I couldn’t possibly pick up a new book, but god our book is thicker than I thought and it’s heavy in my arms, and the ending is so sad that thinking about it makes me cry and my eyes are drying out I think. and I’m wondering why I’m the one who’s stuck with the remaining pages when you jumped ship four chapters ago.

    but loving you was like reading my favorite book for the first time, except it was one I borrowed from the public library and yesterday after six months of over due fees and letters in the mail, I finally dropped it off in the book drop outside the door. and I forgot all about the characters and the way they loved each other so sharply they both have cuts from the pages.

    — borrowed books (via: emptiestoceans)

    (Source: emptiestoceans, via speaktothemoon)

  3. toke-the-smoke:

    Date night

    (Source: ghostlytreats, via 2cool4haters)

  4. plantbaby420:

    *mic drop*

    (via ruinedchildhood)

  5. gaksdesigns:

    Geometric watercolor-like tattoos by Russian based artist Sasha Unisex 

    (via koreykuhl)

  6. (Source: kniivila, via staceyweaver)

  7. Universities across Japan are beginning to offer balanced breakfast options for only 100 yen ($0.98) to students so they can show students the importance of breakfast on their health and well-being.

    (Source: jeou, via ruinedchildhood)

  9. elonenthusiast:

    A blog post about Tesla open-sourcing their patents. This image from the Digital Telepathy article is a classic Elonism.

    (via douglasjeffrey)

  13. Can I send this to my friends?

    (Source: twitterscreencaps, via ruinedchildhood)


  14. "

    But women can never be careful enough, can we? If we take naked pictures of ourselves, we’re asking for it. If someone can manage to hack into our accounts, we’re asking for it. If we’re not wearing anti-rape nail polish, we’re asking for it. If we don’t take self-defence classes, we’re asking for it. If we get drunk, we’re asking for it. If our skirts are too short, we’re asking for it. If we pass out at a party, we’re asking for it. If we are not hyper-vigilant every single fucking second of every single fucking day, we are asking for it. Even when we are hyper-vigilant, we’re still asking for it. The fact that we exist is asking for it.

    This is what rape culture looks like.

    This is what misogyny looks like.

    — from What Happened to Jennifer Lawrence Was Sexual Assault  (via schrbatsky)

    Basically if you are a woman you are a victim. Fight back and never stop.

    (Source: catagator, via schrbatsky)

  15. lifeofpossibility:





    hell yeah

    Sounds good.

    Im not plugging my charger into a woman

    The last comment actually just killed me. 

    I have a feeling that world peace would be achieved because every position of power was replaced with a woman

    (Source: bxdlam, via seantracy)