Target: Larry Page, CEO of Google, and Youtube staff
Goal: Remove Youtube channel dedicated to promoting sexual assault and street harassment
Youtube, the major popular video site, has a channel called “Simple Pickup” in which men record themselves accosting, assaulting, and harassing women in public. These men shout insulting, demeaning and offensive things at women on the street and physically attack them. The content of these insults is incredibly over-sexualized, disturbing, and unfit for reproduction here.
Men expose themselves to women in public and even outright grope random women in these videos. This is sexual assault, and it is completely unacceptable that a Youtube channel would condone this type of behavior by allowing these men to continue uploading onto their site. Youtube has strict policies against pornography, hateful content, and harassment and yet it seems that assaulting women on the street does not warrant the removal of the channel.
Street harassment is a very serious problem for women all over the world. It is a technique that men use to assert their authority over a woman’s appearance, autonomy, and right to exist in public by repeatedly bothering them and harassing them while they are simply trying to go about their day. Street harassment is never a compliment. It is frightening, intimidating, and threatening to a woman’s free agency.
Please sign this petition to demand Youtube remove this harmful and dangerous channel and to vet their video channels for this type of abusive behavior more aggressively in the future.
Dear Larry Page and Youtube staff,
The Youtube channel “Simple Pickup” is entirely dedicated to harassing women on the street, groping them and assaulting them, and having men expose themselves in public. This is unacceptable content and against almost all of Youtube’s policies and regulations.
Street harassment is a serious problem for American women, the victims of this particular Youtube channel, and for women all over the world. It perpetuates a culture in which women are not able to freely move in public and are seen as objects to be won or obstacles to overcome. It threatens women’s autonomy and free agency, and it should not be promoted on your web site.
Please remove this insulting, degrading, and dangerous channel immediately, take any possible legal action against the perpetrators of these recorded assaults, and do more in the future to properly vet the content on your web site to prevent this kind of behavior from being promoted and encouraged by your company.
[Your Name Here]
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