-Unknown English Teacher (via swarthyvillain)
This is just awesome. And I totally get it. Sad, but true.
Thanks for taking the time to read this letter. As fellow YouTubers, we have much respect for others who put so much hard work into building their channel. It’s not easy, and you should be proud! That said, we’ve noticed that in your success, there has been a lack of respect in return…namely, for women and girls.
You may have noticed that your latest video “Fake Hand Ass Pinch Prank” has garnered considerable negative attention. In this video, you sexually violate a number of unsuspecting women on the street, many of whom are visibly confused and upset at being touched by you without permission. One woman even says “I don’t like that!” while you proceed to laugh and touch her more. In “How to Make Out with Strangers”, made a year ago, you pressure women on camera to make out with you - again, many of whom are visibly uncool with it. Confused and caught off guard, they painfully follow through with your requests, clearly uncomfortable. In “How to Pick Up Girls with a Lasso”, you physically restrain women on the street with lassos - many of whom look alarmed to be restrained by a stranger.
You’d probably be alarmed too, wouldn’t you? Imagine someone on the street comes up and rubs their hand on your bottom, or a girl walks up to you with a camera and forces her mouth onto yours while you’re trying to figure out what’s going on. Imagine walking down the alley alone, when a guy much larger than you physically restrains you with rope and pulls you toward him. You probably wouldn’t like it, right?
People don’t like to be violated and they don’t like to see their friends and girlfriends be violated either (hence the group of men that tried to beat you up in the lasso video). And yet, history suggests that perhaps you find this humorous. It is very disturbing that we live in a world where the violation of women and girls’ bodies is not only funny, but profitable, and can garner considerable notoriety and views on YouTube.
We are deeply disturbed by this trend and would like to ask you, from one creator to another, to please stop. Please stop violating women and making them uncomfortable on the street for views. Please stop physically restraining them and pressuring them to be sexual when they are uncomfortable. Please show some respect for women’s right to their own bodies. While it may seem like harmless fun, a simple prank, or a “social experiment”, these videos encourage millions of young men and women to see this violation as a normal way to interact with women. 1 in 6 young women (real life ones, just like the ones in your video) are sexually assaulted, and sadly, videos like these will only further increase those numbers.
We realize that people make mistakes, and that sometimes it’s hard to see the ripple effect of one’s actions. We really hope that you will take a step back and consider the power you have to be someone who makes the world a better place. It’s not too late to make a change! We invite you to join us in ending widespread bodily violation that takes place in so many forms all around in the world.
Thanks so much.
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Not a creator, and I haven’t seen these videos. Not going to give him a view just to see something and be upset by it though. Pretty much get the gist from this, I’m sure.
I like that initially she’s like “oh, another comment like this…. ” and then she thinks, and you can see where she switches from “fuck, this sucks” to “fuck you and the horse you rode in on”
I might already have loved her too much. Now it’s even worse!
I’ve spent the past couple of days asking several hundred Grindr users in Edinburgh whether they believe Scotland should be an independent country. Replies were of variable quality. Here is a representative sample:
The number of people I’ve questioned who are still present in my Grindr message history – that is, excluding the many people who blocked me – appears to add up to 655. I’ve divided their reactions into…
Other opinion: 20
Too horny to answer: 6
General rejection: 4
Did not respond: 318
So there you have it. When only decisive opinions are taken into account, Grindr votes NO to independence, with a 54-46% split. If this is reflected in the results of tomorrow’s referendum, we can assume the headless torsos have taken over Scotland and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.
(The eagerly anticipated machotrouts.tumblr.com endorsement goes to a YES vote. I am a headful torso.)
Vital citizen journalism.
By far the best thing I’ve seen in re: Scottish independence. This is, indeed, vital citizen journalism.
I hope I someday work on a study where one of the answer categories is “Too horny to answer”
Okay, y’all, I’m not done with this. I just went on a screamy rant to Mr. Mac about how fucking awesome this is.
There are so many great things about this. The survey community is scratching its fucking head trying to figure out how to use social media and mobile devices to collect meaningful data, particularly how to gain a representative sample. Then this dude just tosses out a question (not a particularly well worded question but whatever) on a hookup app and gets the same spot on fucking percentages as pollsters are spending mad dough trying to measure.
People are being published in major methods journals with shittier info than this. Careers are built on less.
There are two major issues here though: response rates and sampling.
The response rate thing is really that we can’t count the number of dudes that blocked him, so we’ve got no accurate denominator for calculating a response rate. Lesson learned: use this method again, but make sure you take an accurate count of messages sent not just what’s left in your inbox when you’re done. If we ignore the blocked users issue, which there’s nothing else we can do about that right now so why not, his response rate is slightly over 50% and, of those respondents, about 80% gave him real, valuable data. That’s higher than you would expect from just a random web or mobile device survey. Like, way higher.
Sampling is even funnier. Obviously, this is a convenience sample and not generalizable blah blah blah. But he’s right on what the major polls are showing for this issue. So, a possible conclusion is that there is no substantive difference on this issue between the Scottish general population and dudes looking to hook up on Grindr. And that makes me cackle.
OP, seriously, write this shit up and try to get it published. A small, experimental methods blog or journal would jump on this if they knew what was good for them.
This final summary makes the entire post even better.
I wish when I liked something on tumblr, that the actual post I was reading got the ♥, rather than the top level post.
I get why a lot of people hate the whole princess culture aimed at little girls. There’s a hell of a lot of toxic bullshit in there.
But when I was a tiny princess, my dad used to be my royal advisor. He would come to me, and over tea we would discuss the problems of the kingdom. He would tell me that new people wanted to move to the kingdom, and ask me what we should do. Or he would tell me that the teddybears and the dolls were fighting over the enchanted forest, and ask me what to do. Basically, he took the trappings of the princess culture, and used it as a tool to teach me about leadership, civic responsibility, and compassion.
So if you have a little princess around, consider helping her figure out how to run her kingdom. There’s no sense in telling a kid they can’t be a leader, or that they can’t wear sparkles while they do it.
This is awesome. Makes me wish I’d been a princess. I want a kingdom of my own.
Who am I kidding. I want to be a vizier. Need a perfect figurehead ruler to hide behind. Any volunteers?
Jesus Christ you guys.
If you wish to make waffles from scratch, you must first invent the universe.
Dat comment, tho.
My new bookmark is badass
Oh my god I need this bookmark.
This is awesome. The “rules for dating my daughter” shirts and whatnot always make me uncomfortable. Way too ownership-y. I can see the worry people have for their kids, but you never see that kind of thing for dating a son.
Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff Cosplay by agentrodgers
this is the best cosplay ever omg
this is amazing. I could honestly see her as Natasha Romanoff when she was younger
I love this. Congrats agentrodgers, you are now amazing
Is it just me, or are the intense eyes one of the best parts of this cosplay?
You my friend are going places. Avenging places.
Latest updates (because I finally dyed my hair):
The very last picture though…Could have sworn it was Scarlett.
This is just astounding.