Guilt by Narration: Emma Sulkowicz as a Social Inflection Point for Fake Rape

Women say rape is about power because that is how they primarily understand sex; an exchange of power. A woman can wield her sexuality to the detriment of a man- the proverbial carrot on a stick- in order to manipulate ruthlessly to her own end… or completely relinquish this power, taking intense pleasure in relinquishment, when a man exceeds her threshold of attraction.

It bears repeating that real rape is a vile crime on par with brutal assault and a notch below murder- as serious as a crime can get.

However, Fake Rape is an overt power-grab by abusing the cultural and evolutionary dynamic of men lacking inherent public sympathy while women enjoy a nearly infinite supply of it.

The Narrative Implies Guilt

The “privileged male” narrative implies the legitimacy of the rape accusation, and the guilt of the accused, before any further assessment is made beyond the initial accusation. The narrative of the infinitely entitled, usually white, and upper-middle class male, who never checks his goddamn privilege, and won’t take no-means-no as an answer for his ferociously aggressive sexual appetite. The narrative is that boys need to be “taught not to rapebecause a generation of adult men were lacking this lesson and became animistic sexual predators as a result. This narrative supersedes all else.   

We are predisposed to hold the burden-of-proof to those accused of rape; the accused must prove his absolute innocence. If the accusation is entirely he says/she says, the woman gets to have her say unless the man can produce credible evidence to the contrary. While our sympathetic priorities come from an evolutionary sense, deepened by social conditioning, technology has become a method of intervention; a saving grace for young men accused of fake rape. 

Young people today typically have their entire relationships with one another documented by way of text message, Facebook chat, and cell phone media. This dynamic theoretically throws a monkey wrench into the former free-for-all that was the he says/she says rape accusation.


“What Sulkowicz wants is to make claims about another person that cannot be challenged, checked, questioned, or doubted.”

If you think the saga of the “Susan B. Anthony Award” winning Emma Sulkowicz is just another viral current event that will be replaced by the next outrage, you’re only half right. While Sulkowicz’s disgusting grand standing and attention seeking made for tremendous media fodder, the stunt- and Sulkowicz herself– serve as a horrifying inflection point for rape accusation in The United States.

Sulkowicz’s rape claim failed in the Columbia University in-house court system based on a preponderance-of-evidence threshold; a lower standard of proof typically used in civil court rather than criminal cases. Sulkowicz’s case failed meeting this minimal standard, likely set at the absolute lowest threshold possible- a prominent University does not want a rape scandal, but she had already set forth in-motion her performance art piece; even after being outed as a liar Sulkowicz only intensified her attack.

And when her victim took a pro-active defense by bringing a verifiable, Facebook chat transcript as evidence to a media source, Sulkowicz balked at the invasion of privacy:

I have already been violated by both Paul and Columbia University once. It is extremely upsetting that Paul would violate me again — this time, with the help of a reporter, Cathy Young. I just wanted to fix the problem of sexual assault on campus — I never wanted this to be an excuse for people to dig through my private Facebook messages and frame them in a way as to cast doubt on my character. It’s unfair and disgusting that Paul and Cathy would treat personal life as a mine that they can dig through and harvest for publicity and Paul’s public image.

To be clear, Emma Suklowicz publicly accused an innocent man of anally raping her and when verifiable evidence was brought forth clearing the man of charges and proving his innocent, she raged about the invasion of her privacy.

Sulkowicz herself, mentally ill and in-need of her own intervention, isn’t why this has become as an inflection point for the authority of evidence in the realm of public accusations; the issue here is the media coverage of Sulkowicz after her accusations were proven false.

The mainstream media is still scrambling to label her “brave and courageous,” she is a feminist celebrity on social media, politicians are using her for publicity, and she will likely make a career of her fake rape accusation and victim status, ensuring that faux-victimization via fake rape is glamorized for a younger generation of egocentric narcissists who will envy the contrived celebrity status of Sulkowicz.

If you think Anita Sarkeesian is a snake oil charlatan, she oozes with academic integrity when compared to Sulkowicz; a bad argument supersedes relentless character assassination through a sociopathic campaign of lies, and attention for the sake of attention.

If we collectively allow Emma Sulkowicz to make a career of promoting Fake Rape, the consequences will be dire for a generation of boys falsely accused and women who carry the unfathomable weight of real rape; the fact alone that there now needs to be a designation between fake rape and “real rape” should be enough proof that damage has already been done. 

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  1. churchy · May 27, 2015

    Well written and it will go completely over the heads of people who need to understand this. They’re impervious to introspection.

  2. sam · May 28, 2015

    “It bears repeating that real rape is a vile crime on par with brutal assault and a notch below murder- as serious as a crime can get.”

    You never met Ramsey Bolton…

  3. rob · June 5, 2015

    Well put and keep shining the light on these crazies for the betterment of society

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  5. Edo · September 10, 2015

    This is the sharpest piece of writing I’ve had the privilege of reading in along time. Great work.
    I obviously agree with the position on the argument as well.

  6. sparkzilla · September 10, 2015

    Why are you using the completely biased Wikipedia article as a reference for Sulkcowicz? Use my unbiased news timeline instead:

  7. Mario Diana (@_mario) · September 11, 2015

    Brilliant essay! This agenda-driven hysteria needs more uncompromising criticism like this.

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  9. Tarnished · November 24, 2015

    Fantastic post. Once again you’ve hit the nail on the head. The only thing I disagree with is this:
    It bears repeating that real rape is a vile crime on par with brutal assault and a notch below murder- as serious as a crime can get.

    Rape, whether opposite sex or same sex, female-on-male or male-on-female, whatever, is indeed a violent and revolting crime. However, unless we are talking about a boy or girl forced into a sex trafficking cult for years, there are many tortuous actions that can realistically be deemed far worse than rape. I say this with no love in my heart for actual rapists, and as someone who grew up with sexual abuse from age 10-17. Rape is terrible, horrifying, and a grotesque display of the misuse of the sacredness of sexual intimacy…but it is not as serious as a crime can get.

    Other than that, good show and please continue posting.

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