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Time for young feminists to look beyond the mattress and campus rape
Time for young feminists to look beyond the mattress and campus rape

It's a striking juxtaposition, to say the least. In the news this week we've seen photos of hundreds of girls and young women, many of them pregnant, recently rescued from captivity and sexual slavery at the hands of Boko Haram, the militant Islamist group in Nigeria. We've also seen photos of young women, smiling in their robes and mortarboards on graduation day at Columbia University in New York City, helping a classmate carry her mattress to the podium as a symbol of the trauma she says she experienced from an alleged rape. That mattress, the centerpiece of a senior thesis art project by Emma Sulkowicz, has also become a symbol of a national "epidemic" of rape...

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