Today’s Testimony & “The Weight of It All”
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford will testify as a victim of sexual assault today in the confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh. In the wake of the distgustingly minimal sentencing (3-10 years) of Bill Cosby for drugging and raping at least 1 woman (when he’s been accused of the same by 60), I can’t help but feel frustrated by the lack of consequences for men who commit assault, especially when compared to the lifelong burden of being a female survivor.
Dr. Ford is ruined. She’s been labeled a “slut.” She’s getting death threats. And Kavanaugh? Kavanaugh might be the next Supreme Court Justice.
It reminds me of a peice that was performed in 2014 by Emma Sulkowicz, called “Carry That Weight.” Sulkowicz was raped in her college dorm room as a junior at Columbia College. When the university’s investigation found her rapist “innocent,” Sulkowicz brought attention to the issue by carrying around her dorm mattress EVERYWHERE— to class, to run errands, even across the stage at graduation.
Sulkowicz continues to make art that brings attention to rape culture. Here’s one of her latest pieces, which addresses sexual assault in the art world. Read more about it here.
(Cover photo via ResearchGate)