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.
Passing this on as a reminder that this continues to happen.
I am curious what people think of the requirement of affirmative consent.
Born in Chicago but currently living and working out of Atlanta, Georgia, contemporary artist Brian Dettmer creates incredible works of art with old books and tremendous patience. Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian meticulously exposes various layers to create his mind-blowing artwork. Dettmer has received critical acclaim around the world and his work can be found in countless galleries and publications. Below you will find a small sample of his art along with an artist bio and statement from Dettmer. Be sure to visit Brian’s official site: briandettmer.com for more information and photographs of his fantastic art.
“This is how thoroughly we women have been sexualized, that we cannot make the kind of noises that come with physical exertion without it being associated with sex. In fact, everything about our bodies has been sexualized in one way or another. If we groan during sport or we breast-feed in public, we are criticized for making people think about sex. If we talk openly about things like menstruation and poop and farts, then we are criticized for making people not want to think about sex.
Think about what it means to be ladylike and all of the adjectives that go along with it: elegant, cultured, classy, sophisticated. To be successful at being feminine means being successful at being private, keeping your body’s natural functions behind closed doors and never letting anyone know they exist. It means to be constrained, that you do not let your legs spread wide in public transportation and you do not make noises that are harsh on the ears. It means presenting a polished, shiny surface to the world at all times, one that allows others to project whatever they wish onto you while never showing too much of your true self.”
Article about one model who spoke out against her photos being altered to make her appear thinner.
There are many shapes of people. When viewers/customers/readers/public consistently see one shape (thin) it makes it appear that that is the predominant and preferred shape.
Let people’s natural body shapes be shown instead of constantly trying to portray a certain shape as the norm or the preferred. Then we can see more of the diversity and appreciate what people really look like.
The Kilobots, a swarm of 1,000 simple but collaborative robots (credit: Mike Rubenstein and Science/AAAS) The first thousand-robot flash mob has assembled
Think about this in a different way. Imagine 1,000 of these hovering in the air and then surrounding you and bashing into you from all directions. Hooray! We now have a new weapon: death by robot swarm!