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An Open Letter to Sam Pepper

lacigreen:

Hi Sam!

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 on the street.

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 kindly, 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.

Laci GreenMeghan TonjesTyler OakleyTomSkaViHartALBRoss EverettMatt LiebermanMeg TurneyTom FlynnTyrannosaurus LexArielle ScarcellaDan at NerdCubedRachel WhitehurstHannah Witton, Jefferson Bethke, MusicalBethan, Kaleb Nation, Chris Thompson, Michael Buckley, Jared Oban, Liam Dryden, Sanne Vliegenthart, Bryarly Bishop, Nicola Foti, Chescaleigh

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hugealienpie:

megapaasaa:

we-are-star-stuff:

As we now know the Earth is round. Therefore, the challenge of any world map is to represent a round Earth on a flat surface. There are literally thousands of map projections and each has certain strengths and corresponding weaknesses, but the one you’re now picturing in your head most likely isn’t the area accurate representation.
The most widely used map today is the Mercator projection map. Mercator maps often appear in businesses, in libraries and in classrooms where geography is taught. This popularity is surprising, given the fact that the Mercator projection was first constructed in 1569. The more accurate representation of land mass is the Peters Projection Map:

Here’s a direct representation of the previously assumed factual map with the real flattened version:

The Peters Projection Map shows how Africa is larger than the combination of China, the US, Western Europe, India, Argentina, three Scandinavian countries and the British Isles. 
Mercator maps show Europe as being larger than South America. In reality, South America is almost twice the size of Europe. Alaska appears to be three times larger than Mexico, although Mexico actually is larger than Alaska. Greenland looks roughly the same size as Africa, when, in fact, Africa is fourteen times larger than Greenland. Africa also looks considerably smaller than Russia, even though Africa is actually 33% larger.
To see how big the western countries have become, it’s hard to see how this has nothing to do with suppression; to make us believe they are ‘bigger’ and ‘on top’. A simple change in the look of a map can cause a reconsideration of your fixed ideas about a place.
Bonus:
The world turned upside down.
Who says North is up?

This is important.

C.J.: But…wait. How…where else could you put the Northern Hemisphere but on the top?
SAYLES: On the bottom.
C.J.: How?
FALLOW: Like this. (The map is flipped over.)
C.J.: Yeah, but you can’t do that.
FALLOW: Why not?
C.J.: ‘Cause it’s freaking me out.

I’ve looked, but I can’t find a pic where the two maps are still overlapped, but instead of the southern tips of Africa and South America being lined up, the maps are lined up at the equator.  That just makes so much more sense to me.

hugealienpie:

megapaasaa:

we-are-star-stuff:

As we now know the Earth is round. Therefore, the challenge of any world map is to represent a round Earth on a flat surface. There are literally thousands of map projections and each has certain strengths and corresponding weaknesses, but the one you’re now picturing in your head most likely isn’t the area accurate representation.

The most widely used map today is the Mercator projection map. Mercator maps often appear in businesses, in libraries and in classrooms where geography is taught. This popularity is surprising, given the fact that the Mercator projection was first constructed in 1569. The more accurate representation of land mass is the Peters Projection Map:

image

Here’s a direct representation of the previously assumed factual map with the real flattened version:

image

The Peters Projection Map shows how Africa is larger than the combination of China, the US, Western Europe, India, Argentina, three Scandinavian countries and the British Isles. 

Mercator maps show Europe as being larger than South America. In reality, South America is almost twice the size of Europe. Alaska appears to be three times larger than Mexico, although Mexico actually is larger than Alaska. Greenland looks roughly the same size as Africa, when, in fact, Africa is fourteen times larger than Greenland. Africa also looks considerably smaller than Russia, even though Africa is actually 33% larger.

To see how big the western countries have become, it’s hard to see how this has nothing to do with suppression; to make us believe they are ‘bigger’ and ‘on top’. A simple change in the look of a map can cause a reconsideration of your fixed ideas about a place.

Bonus:

This is important.

C.J.: But…wait. How…where else could you put the Northern Hemisphere but on the top?

SAYLES: On the bottom.

C.J.: How?

FALLOW: Like this. (The map is flipped over.)

C.J.: Yeah, but you can’t do that.

FALLOW: Why not?

C.J.: ‘Cause it’s freaking me out.

I’ve looked, but I can’t find a pic where the two maps are still overlapped, but instead of the southern tips of Africa and South America being lined up, the maps are lined up at the equator.  That just makes so much more sense to me.

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kriatyrr:

backyarditarian:

widdershinsgirl:

ohgodhesloose:

cheskamouse:

jasoncanty01:

brightcopperpenny:

superpunch2:

Female pilots edited out of the Star Wars movies.

I saw the tweets about this today, and I was like oh yeah, I remember hearing about that.

And then I saw the pictures and just— wow. What it would have meant to have these women in the movie, all this time. I can’t properly articulate it but it’s hitting me unexpectedly hard.

Wow thats a shame, even a nice old lady too.  These Space Valkyries  should have been left in.

They really should have.

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WHAT.

THE.

FUCK.

I lived, ate, and breathed Star Wars from age 2 until 2005 when RotS finally beat the enthusiasm out of me, and I have NEVER, EVER in all my reading on behind-the-scenes and makings-of heard of these shots. It’s a shame there was no relaunched edit of the original trilogy they could have slipped these in OH FUCKING WAIT THERE’S BEEN LIKE 3 OF THOSE NOW.

Fuck. FUCK. Whoever decided to edit out and bury these needs to french kiss an angle grinder.

I want to see the old lady in the A-Wing. Seriously, it’s like, she’s somebody’s grandma. Some kid in the Outer Rim Territories got greased by the Empire for seeing something she wasn’t supposed to see, and her grandma, the bush pilot, decided “Fuck this, I’m gonna strap on an fighter and make the Empire fucking PAY for the moment it decided to fuck with MY FAMILY.”

DON’T. MESS. WITH. GRANDMA.

These are quickly being put into the “always reblog” category.

Whenever there is a war, there are women who are warriors. Then they get erased from history. Happens in real wars and fictional ones alike.

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dynastylnoire:

operationfailure:

UPDATE FROM MAGGIE!!
Her message is as follows:

This is my twin sister. In Korea, her name was Koh, Yoen Ok. Her birthdate is also April 16,1980. She also was sent to Ilmagwon orphanage. She was also adopted through David Livingstone Missionary Foundation (now Eastern Child Welfare Society) in Korea, at the age of 5. Right now, I have a new friend reaching out to Eastern Child Welfare to hopefully find out more!! In the meantime—She could be anywhere in this world. Ask around. Contact me: shortymk@yahoo.com . I also wanted to thank everyone for the outpouring of support. What a great opportunity I have had, to chat with people from all around the globe! I pray for all of us looking for our families and our histories. I am keeping the faith! Thank you, Daniel Hyung Joon Kim, for all of your help! Share and like! I know a lot of people wanted to see updates! 

Thanks everyone for all the help, we still need to keep looking, spread the word!

boooooooooooooooooooooooost

dynastylnoire:

operationfailure:

UPDATE FROM MAGGIE!!

Her message is as follows:

This is my twin sister. In Korea, her name was Koh, Yoen Ok. Her birthdate is also April 16,1980. She also was sent to Ilmagwon orphanage. She was also adopted through David Livingstone Missionary Foundation (now Eastern Child Welfare Society) in Korea, at the age of 5. Right now, I have a new friend reaching out to Eastern Child Welfare to hopefully find out more!! In the meantime—She could be anywhere in this world. Ask around. Contact me: shortymk@yahoo.com . I also wanted to thank everyone for the outpouring of support. What a great opportunity I have had, to chat with people from all around the globe! I pray for all of us looking for our families and our histories. I am keeping the faith! Thank you, Daniel Hyung Joon Kim, for all of your help! Share and like! I know a lot of people wanted to see updates!

Thanks everyone for all the help, we still need to keep looking, spread the word!

boooooooooooooooooooooooost

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Me:
So I was a bit drunk last night when I saw this adorable puppy. I might have made a minor scene.
Friend:
I have seen you make a pretty decent scene over a dog while absolutely sober. I can't even imagine what this looked like.