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06.05.15 Liam Mathews

Emma Sulkowicz is an artist and activist who carried her mattress everywhere she went to protest her alleged rapist’s continued presence on the Columbia campus until her graduation last month. Rape has now become a recurring theme in her work, as her newest project is a disturbing video featuring herself in a sexual encounter gone […]

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05.20.15 Liam Mathews

Two women who were incarcerated at Rikers Island’s Rose M. Singer Center, the complex’s women’s jail, have filed a horrifying class action suit against the City of New York alleging that they were repeatedly raped and sexually abused by a corrections officer named Benny Santiago. The lawsuit, according to Capital New York, was filed in […]

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12.22.14 Prachi Gupta

After three Columbia University women filed complaints of sexual assault and rape against him, and one sparked a national movement after she began to to carry a 50-pound mattress to symbolize the burden she carries as a rape victim, the accused has spoken out publicly. The New York Times reports that Columbia senior Paul Nungesser, […]

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09.09.14 Marina Galperina

ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished artwork or project. This week, New York-based choreographer, performance artist and rising star Rebecca Patek talks about “ineter(a)nal f/ear” — her theater performance which exposes the psychopathology of rape, trauma and shame with parody and satire, as Patek and her co-performer Sam […]

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08.26.14 Backdoor Pharmacist

Four college students have just leapt onto your newsfeed with their development of a color-changing new nail polish that claims to detect date rape drugs when you stick your finger into your drink. It seems every month a new product appears that will save us from being roofied — from test strips in coasters, cups and straws, to […]

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11.12.13 Marina Galperina

Despite substantial outrage, the “anti-rape wear” lingerie Indiegogo campaign for $50,000 has been funded. Aside from dangerous misinformation about rape in its advertising, removing this absurd chastity-belt-style contraption in emergencies requires a “team” of people as well as wearer who is conscious to unlock it. How does it “work”? AR Wear has a built-in “skeletal […]

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10.22.12 Irina Dvalidze

Paul Ryan may believe that there is no war on women, but feminist team “FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture” and the activist collective Luminous Intervention have just struck a blow at the narrow definition of rape sanctioned by such lawmakers as “rape-for-conception” fanboy Ryan, “legitimate-rape” advocate Todd Akin and “easy-rape” pioneer Roger Rivard. On the eve of the final presidential debate, […]

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05.21.12 Allison Burtch

You never know the sort of “fine” encounter you’ll have with New York’s Finest. […]

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01.27.12 Marina Galperina

French photographer Thomas Czarnecki’s fallen princess series From Enchantment to Down is some dark stuff. It’s sinister, glum, and almost glib. Unlike other IRL fairy tale shoots, these princesses don’t end as alcoholic spinsters or neglected housewives. They don’t get to. The Little Mermaid, allegedly like all precocious young girls, ends up dead, wrapped in […]

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01.13.12 Marina Galperina

In film fracas news, Florida time-share developer David Siegel is suing the Sundance Film Festival for “falsely,” “maliciously” describing the documentary about his 90,000-square-foot megamansion. At least he didn’t get “raped” like 78-year-old Hollywood star Kim Novak. […]

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