Society often accepts street harassment as a normal part of women’s experiences in public spaces -- it's trivialized or pegged as a joke, compliment, or a great way to get a date. Now, a popular YouTube channel is the latest perpetrator of harmful attitudes toward street harassment — and we need your help to get it removed.
Simple Pickup is a YouTube channel that features three guys as they harass, sexualize and often downright grope women on the street, all in the name of “picking up girls” and “giving you tips to help guys like you, get laid,” [sic] according to the user description. Unfortunately, the channel has over a million subscribers, and the message it sends is clear: it’s totally okay to harass women on the street, sexualize them, make them uncomfortable, and touch them without their consent.
In one skit, three men speak into an earpiece, encouraging another man to approach random women in public and do what they tell him to. “Just start dancing and back your ass up into her,” they advise, and shockingly, the perpetrator obliges. In another video, a man approaches a girl outside of a bar and asks, “So which one of your boobs is bigger? This one or this one?” as he gropes her chest.
Video after video on Simple Pickup’s channel makes a joke of harassing random women as they walk in public. Among the more sexualized comments the men make to strangers — most of whom have their faces hidden or blurred — are:
“What is the biggest c*ck you’ve ever had up your a**hole?”
“This right here means you like to have your face ji**ed on.”
“I know I’m in a wheelchair, but what’s in my pants is still able to move."
And Simple Pickup isn’t just a YouTube channel — it’s actually a small business that profits off of these videos and provides lessons in street harassment under the guise of “learning how to pick up girls.”
Street harassment is not funny — it is threatening, scary, and limits people’s access to public spaces. Simple Pickup promotes non-consent and harmful attitudes about women’s bodies and agency.
Help end street harassment and tell YouTube to remove Simple Pickup's channel! All women deserve respect in public spaces.
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