Now that she has graduated Columbia University Emma Sulkowicz, aka Mattress Girl, is seeking new frontiers to conquer.
You will recall that Sulkowicz accused a fellow student of having raped her. And you will recall that her complaint was dismissed by the relevant university authorities. The police investigated and could not find reason to file charges.
Unwilling to accept these judgments Sulkowicz asserted her truth through performance art. Better yet, she has been martyring herself for it.
By carrying around a mattress, up to and including at her graduation ceremony, she was protesting a verdict. And of course, she was defaming the man she had accused: Paul Nungesser.
Now, Sulkowicz has taken the next step to advance her career as a performance artist.
She has done a performance porn. Specifically, she re-enacted her version of the event in question and posted it. Apparently, the male performer who has sex with her was himself a porn star. Identifying yourself as mattress girl probably does not improve your dating prospects.
I will spare you the link, but you can find it through Lizzie Crocker’s column on the piece.
Sulkowicz has gone from performance art to pornformance art.
Perhaps you have to be of a certain age to think this way, but when I first read about the pornformance I had a fleeting thought, to the effect: “Mom and Dad must be proud!”
Sad to say, but Mom and Dad are proud of their progeny. In fact, Sulkowicz’s mother, named Sandra Leong posted her daughter’s pornformance on her own Facebook page. Happily, Crocker’s article has a screen shot.
You will naturally ask yourself: What kind of parents feel a surge of pride when their daughter becomes a porn star?
And you will not be surprised to know that these parents are psychiatrists. In fact, Sulkowicz’s father is not only a psychiatrist; he is a psychoanalyst. And a prominent figure in the field. Her mother, as best as I can discern, is merely a psychiatrist.
Perhaps the parents are thrilled by the thought that their daughter has martyred herself for a cause. Perhaps they think she is going to be the next Picasso… or the next Belle Knox.
Apparently, they have given no thought to the consequences that befall porn stars or to the reputational price a young woman will pay for identifying herself as the mattress girl turned porn star.
For those who doubt that the therapy culture promotes shamelessness and puts the good of an ideology over what is good for children, here is some living proof.