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Emma Sulkowicz stages simulated rape. Are we a party to her pretend rape?

 Ceci N’est Pas un Viol
Can a staged rape ever be a real rape if the creator insists otherwise?

Columbia University’s Emma Sulkowicz aka Mattress girl may have graduated but she has left viewers with one more performance art piece, simply titled Ceci N’est Pas un Viol, which translates to: This is not a rape, despite her disclosure if one watches the highly graphic tape (and I did) is also a party to her rape.

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While the pundits are still out for lunch as to whether the graduate was actually raped ( Sulkowicz maintains that she was despite no criminal or legal action being taken authorities or school authorities), the woman has decided to shock us/frustrate us one further by showing us what her purported rape may have looked like.

A rape that she had the time to stage, hunt for a willing partner (isn’t that the antithesis of rape) and have us sit back and muse over for eight minutes as she set about getting it on with her blurred out partner.

Reported jezebel over the weekend: The eight-minute video features Sulkowicz and a man, his face blurred, engaging in what appears to be consensual sex that turns violent. The unidentified man open-palm slaps Sulkowicz, chokes her, removes the condom, then continues to have very rough sex with Sulkowicz, who whimpers and protests from pain. In the accompanying text, Sulkowicz warns that the video is not a recreation of the events in August 2012, a reference to the night Sulkowicz claims she was raped by fellow Columbia student, Paul Nungesser.

Screwing things up, at least temporarily, the site was purportedly cyber hacked (by whom and why?) presumably by those who have come to question the woman’s dialogue/antics. Or is it simply Emma Sulkowicz’s license to be a performance artist and her lash her long whip which implies that men are aggressors and predators to be weary of. Never the other way round.

Reflects the feminist: ‘You might be wondering why I’ve made myself this vulnerable. Look—I want to change the world, and that begins with you, seeing yourself.’

‘If you watch this video without my consent, then I hope you reflect on your reasons for objectifying me and participating in my rape, for, in that case, you were the one who couldn’t resist the urge to make Ceci N’est Pas Un Viol about what you wanted to make it about: rape.’

What do you think? Did Emma Sulkowicz come to be raped by your eyeballs or dare we wonder our if our common sense and notion of the delicate balance of male female dynamics came to usurped by shock and awe of the staged phony and unsubstantiated kind?

And here are some comments that made me wonder. See what you think?

This women is saying that she does not want you to watch this video if she would disagree with you or you don’t understand what she is doing. Then she states that watching this video without her consent is equivalent to participating in her rape.


Does this not strike victims of rape, or just people that think that rape is a bad thing, as a trivialization of sexual assault?



Kek! She didn’t realize she was raped until he wouldn’t answer her txts to say hey where are u what’s up and I LOVE YOU, hahahahaha nope not rape just embarrassed you got the ole pump and dump.



This is feminism in 2015. Clearly, it’s long bereft of any legitimacy it may have had during the first and second wave. The pendulum has swung too far to the left. Time to focus on the human rights of men and boys. We can start by punishing women who falsely accuse men of rape.

I think she has read too many contemporary-art textbooks, and has found yet another way to transfigure narcissism and sensationalism into art. In addition to whatever else it may be (I don’t feel qualified to comment on her rape allegation), this may be a savvy career move, as she will be much more marketable in the art world than she would have been as just another Columbia art-school grad, without all this notoriety.  


  1. This is why young men are afraid to make the first or last move. There is always the possibility that the girl will suddenly accuse you of rape. No evidence is required, just who can be more convincing. It’s going to get to the point where you must tape every single sexual encounter just to have evidence to protect yourself.

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