Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned is a paraphrase of a line written by British playwright William Congreve. Columbia University graduate Emma Sulkowicz is Exhibit A for the 21st Century that Congreve continues to be right.
Sulkowicz has made a name for herself carrying around a mattress at Columbia University, including at last week's graduation, to protest the university's dismissal of her rape allegation against fellow student Jean-Paul Nungesser. Sulkowicz's mattress-carrying "art project" got her a seat at last year's presidential State of the Union address as a guest of New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
I'd encourage you to read Cathy Young's reporting on the case at The Daily Beast, which is far better researched and fact-checked than any of the fawning reports that came before. Think about it. Columbia University has four times (a solid case can be made that Sulkowicz encouraged her friends to also lodge fake rape charges against Nungesser) declined to sanction Nungesser in a quasi-judicial process that requires only a preponderance of the evidence or more likely than not that a sexual assault was committed. These tribunals are so stacked in the favor of the accuser that its denial of the rape charges is notable, and Nungesser should buy a lottery ticket. Police have also declined to charge Nungesser—after all, if you can't prove preponderance of the evidence to a quasi-judicial court, how are you ever going to get to beyond a reasonable doubt in a real courtroom with judges and lawyers and jurors?
For the record, I don't think that colleges and universities should be investigating or doling out punishments for alleged crimes. Universities are their to (hopefully) educate students, not to act as judges and juries for crimes. That should be left to the judicial system. Once a student is convicted there, then the university can expel them.
In the past 24 hours, serious pushback has begun against Sulkowicz's largely unchallenged media narrative. A twitter account called @fakerape has popped up along with a flickr account of art posted around the Columbia University campus.
Here's hoping that Sulkowicz either continues with seeking a graduate degree in women's studies (and an eventual professorship) or is able to support herself with her "art," because she's never going to get a job in the private sector. It would almost be criminal for any HR department to hire Sulkowicz knowing her background. She is a lawsuit waiting to happen. Not just one that she would be likely to file (however frivolous), but you can bet the innocent target of her ire will follow Nungesser's lead and file one as well.
Sulkowicz needs psychiatric help and instead of encouraging her to get it, the feminist left has repeatedly urged her to wallow in her false victimhood.
This will not end well.