NSFW video filmed in Ivy League library in ‘feminist statement’ raises eyebrows

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – A very NSFW short film shot in Columbia’s Butler Library is raising eyebrows on campus.

The video, titled “Initiation”, explores gender roles at Ivy League institutions and the stigmatization of women as sexual beings, according one of its creators, art history major Coco Young.  The project was also born out of a fascination with fraternities and sororities, as the actors are ‘initiated’ in several hazing scenes.

“You know—as a girl—there’s definitely a weird gender tension,” Young told Ivy Gate, a blog covering news and gossip from Ivy League schools.  She said they chose Butler because they saw it as a male-dominated institution — only male authors’ names grace the library’s facade — and a “space we all take for granted.”

The project was a collaboration between Young and Karley Sciortino, founder of the blog Slutever.

SEE THE VIDEO: Warning NSFW

‘Initiation’ was shot in November on a Saturday night when the library was mostly empty — although in one scene a student can be seen working on her laptop in the background.

The video was shot with handheld cameras that move erratically, mimicking the seemingly-possessed movements of the actors who cover each other with raw eggs and milk.  Although the women are naked, their actions were meant to break the connection between nudity and arousal, according to Young.

Indeed, one person commented that it was “hard to masturbate to this.”

Others were more critical, with one popular comment stating simply, “How embarrassing.”