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    Amb. Power’s Bizarre Analogy: Columbia Mattress Girl and Afghan women

    Amb. Power’s Bizarre Analogy: Columbia Mattress Girl and Afghan women


    We have covered the case of Emma Sulkowicz, the Columbia University student who vowed to carry her mattress around campus in protest of her alleged rapist who remained on campus. That alleged rapist was cleared by the University, and now is suing to clear his name.

    I don’t know if Sulkowicz was lying or telling the truth. But the sharp dispute hardly makes the case comparable to what Afghan women have to go through. Beatings. Burkas. Lack of education. Executions.

    Although the Taliban no longer control the entire country, the abuse has not ended:

    So what possibly explains this tweet by U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power:

    Is she really suggesting that Sulkowicz’s performance art (her term) on the Columbia campus is in any remote way the equivalent of the Afghan women’s cycling team overcoming threats in order to train?

    Do women face obstacles on Ivy League campuses similar to women in Afghanistan?

    Seriously, it would be too polite to call this a low information version of political correctness.


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    Sammy Finkelman | May 18, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Subtext: Women, all over the world, have the same or similar problems, and success one place shows success another place is possible.

    And also people in the U.S. sympathize with Afghan women because they are all in the same boat.

    Thomas Lipscomb | May 18, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    A most becoming burst of sanity.

    We used to have to prepare for college.

    It is beginning to look like the college educated require preparation for the real world before graduation.

    Henry Hawkins | May 18, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Progressive/liberal university class:

    There is no objective ‘real world’. Discuss

    Char Char Binks | May 18, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Sulkowicz certainly has the lack of education part down.

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