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Columbia University topless women reckon they were only filming feminist flick.

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Trying to understand how women are perceived in society. Are they just meat after all for sexual gratification?

Pundits have rattled off accusations that a bunch of topless Columbia University women licking chocolate syrup off each other’s backs at a Columbia library was an attempt at porn.

That said the students have hit back telling that the very fact that people think they were making porn belies the feminist message that they were trying to achieve, aka how women are perceived (as meat to be had) in society.

 ‘Not so,’ told the film’s director, Coco Young who along with Karley Sciortino, author of the blog Slutever went on to make the ‘Initiatiøn,’ film for art/fashion cult mag, Purple.

Retorted the student/photographer: ‘I have never experienced an actual Ivy League secret society… I’ve always been fascinated by them,’

‘We really used the theme as a lens to explore bigger issues, such as the way females are perceived in our society.’

The film itself shows five young women stripping down to their underwear and covering each other in egg yolk, chocolate syrup and milk. They make out and caress each other to creepy choral music to explore the rituals of American Ivy League secret societies.

Columbia University topless women

Contemplated Young who sought to bring together the themes of ivy league cults and feminism:

I have never experienced an actual Ivy League secret society… I’ve always been fascinated by them,’

 ‘We really used the theme as a lens to explore bigger issues, such as the way females are perceived in our society.’

Responding to claims that the project was really just porn Young reflected: ‘I understand why people would want to use that word,’

‘I don’t know if you can really call something a porn if it doesn’t have sexual intercourse. We’re also not fully nude.’

Young said the project was in part inspired by a common medical diagnosis in the 19th century known as female hysteria, which had a wide array of ‘symptoms’ such as overly erratic, emotional or sexual behavior

‘We as women feel female hysteria is still prevalent in our society but it’s disguised in different forms,’ she offered. ‘Like when a guy calls a woman ‘crazy’ or females are dismissed as being too emotional for powerful career paths.’

‘The more you watch, the more you get repulsed by it,’ Young told the New York Observer. ‘Men get hooked because they want to see naked girls, but then we do gross things and are not attractive at all … We wanted to provide a critique on the institution and society, in general.’

That said some have wondered rather than providing a critique the film has only served to inspire the media’s desire to yet once again catch another glimpse of naked women even if there’s some half hearted attempt to explore feminist issues, which many would not bother with save for the chance to glance at raunchy scenes. In essence underscoring the idea that perhaps women are meat to be had by men?

The women chose Butler Library as the location for their video because they consider it a comfortable place where they have been fortunate enough to learn and find inspiration.

One participant, Sara Grace Powell, a senior at Barnard College, told the IvyGate blog that they filmed the video quickly and quietly on a Saturday night in November. Few students were around but still put up a tarp to block off some of the weirder parts of filming.

THE VIDEO CAN BE VIEWED AT PURPLE.FR.

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