Stories as Socialization
Stories as Socialization
One Student "Carries the Weight" of Her Rape
When Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz carried a twin size mattress across the stage at her college graduation with the help of her friends, many people there to witness the commencement were probably very surprised. But the students and faculty who met Emma every day on campus were not, because she had been carrying the mattress with her every day, every where since September of 2014. Why carry this mattress? During her sophomore year, Emma reported that she was raped by a fellow classmate in her dorm room. She filed complaints with the school and the police, and nothing ever happened. She then filed a complain with the education board about the university for not responding to her complaint. Her alleged rapist also filed a complain saying that his time on campus and his reputation had been ruined by this allegation. Nothing ever happened. In her senior year, this visual arts student decided to do her final project as a kind of performance art: she would carry around a mattress until her alleged rapist was no longer on campus. She is still carrying it on her graduation day. She explains why she chose a mattress in her project introduction video above. But is she in the wrong? Her alleged rapist has sued Columbia and the professor instructing Emma's course for allowing her to make (and carry) this project, because it makes his life unbearably stressful. Which might sound horrible if he really did rape her. But there are many who doubt the validity of her story. Not because of the typical ("she wanted it") mentality, but because of her own actions. She contacted him for weeks before and after the alleged rape attempting to continue a relationship with him. The NYPD wouldn't pursue the case because there were no credible allegations. While rapists going without prosecution is a big problem, so are false rape accusations, and I'm sadly not sure if we will ever see where this falls on the line. Emma herself may no longer be sure of what really happened. Still, I think this piece is worthy of attention: because it draws attention to the weight that those involved in rape accusations on every front have a weight to carry, some just do it more publicly than others.
Is ISIS Recruiting in Colorado?
After many people have originally coming from Colorado have been caught abroad attempting to reach ISIS territory, I'm becoming more and and more convinced that there is a major recruitment happening in certain areas, such as Colorado. Why? 1. During 2014, 3 underage teens got caught trying to leave the US for ISIS from Denver when they landed in Germany. You can read more about them here. 2. When this news came out, others also began to suspect similar things. Two of the three teens caught in Germany were in contact with Rawdah Abdisalaam, who was recently outed as a major recruiter contact for Brits and Americans hoping to join ISIS. She was just discovered to be a journalism student in Seattle, and all of her friends were shocked to know that she may be a senior level ISIS recruiter. They believe she may be in Denver now. This recruited was well known on Twitter before her account was suspended. There, she said that “The greatest thing that a man can do for a women is to bring her closer to Allah.” The girls who get into these situations are no different than any people who get swept into radical cults; they convince themselves that all they go through is for their own betterment, and that they are among the elite/enlightened for understanding the value of their experience. I sincerely hope that we can remind women that they need not feel that they need to join these man to get closer to Allah, or whatever it is they are searching for. Particularly not to join ISIS. Either way, there is definitely some series networks set up in the US that are allowing and helping people to leave to support ISIS, and I personally can't see how these can be stopped unless the ideology of ISIS is more directly addressed and challenged.
Same Suit for Sexism Awareness
Karl Stefanovic, host of the Today show in Australia, is not new to being in the spotlight. Not only does he make daily appearances on TV, but he also is known for his crazy antics such as interviewing Grumpy Cat, doing his segment drunk and more (I've included these clips for fun in slides 4 and 5). But today, I'm glad he's in the news, because he has announced that he has been wearing the same suit for the past year, and not a single viewer has noticed. “No one has noticed; no one gives a shit,” Stefanovic told the paper. “But women, they wear the wrong colour and they get pulled up. They say the wrong thing and there are thousands of tweets written about them.” Why does this matter? Because the sexism that viewers are giving women news anchors while watching the news is unfair. Because it's ridiculous that anchorwomen get messages such as: "Who the heck is Lisa’s stylist? Whoever it is has Lisa in some shocking clothes. Today’s outfit is particularly jarring and awful. Just my two cents worth. Get Some Style." Why should a female have to deal with more criticism than a male simply because her outfit gets noticed, and his does not? While I don't think that the solution here is easy, I do applaud Karl for bringing this to the attention of viewers (the station tweeted out info, and he made some interviews about it as well). Why are women allowed to be criticized for fashion, and men, in this case, are not? Is this a by-product of men's fashion styles (in the case of suits) simply being less easily distinguished? Or is it something more? I'd love to hear your opinions about this, because I think it's about time we stop forcing unequal restrictions about clothing.
Was Jesus Married? Does It Matter?
A book "The Lost Gospel" by York University (Canada) professor Barrie Wilson and documentarian Simcha Jacobovici is due out on October 12th from the publishing house rooted in the British Library. And this book claims that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and had children. News stations and newspaper all over the internet have been picking up on this, and turning it into an explosive affair. If you want to know more about this, check out the article attached above. What I don't understand is this: why? Why does it matter? No where was it said that if Jesus had been married and had children it would have been at all a sin. Instead, the fear that they are trying to instill in peoples comes from assumptions: that this book is trying to say that Christianity's roots cannot be true, or that people are attacking their theological roots. However, this is a big mistake to fall into. If you look at the history of the bible, and all copies of the scripture, it does not take much to learn and realize they are from two centuries after the time of Jesus the entire concept of Christianity takes on a vastly different hue. During the years of the council of Nicea, many parts and gospels were discarded, and even though that remained were altered and written for various audiences. Paul outright admitted he changed his message based on where he was and the listeners at hand. Anything is possible. Believe or have faith in what you want. Just don't try to tell someone else their version of truth is any less than yours: as well all know, the truth is based on the present that it is part of, and it can be hard to track or manage as true or false as time goes on. Instead, stick to your beliefs and believe in what you find to be truth, while still respecting those who choose to believe something different!