‘Sweeping Girls Off their Feet’: Harmless Prank or Rapey, Unwanted Assault on Personal Space?

I love a good prank, but I’m not altogether convinced this is a good one. I can’t say I enjoy the idea of some stranger coming along and picking up my wife or my sister, and I know that they wouldn’t. (I can go so far as to guarantee that they would probably regret putting their hands on the former, if not the latter. She’s not the sort to go along with that kind of thing.) What do you think about this video?

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  • ishmael2009

    Like anything else, it takes common sense about when, where, and on who to use it to make it a “prank” not a scary rape-type scenario. Doing this to someone who knows you in college in the middle of the day = possibly funny (the first time at least). Doing this to someone you don’t know when they’re walking home at night = rape scenario. Not funny.

    • jasonpaulhayes

      I think its safer to stage it as a skit and act it out, still worth a laugh.

  • Simon Selvfed

    Well, this is a good way to break someone’s skull… Especially if you’re drunk or they react suddenly. Also do this to someone’s girlfriend and you might get taught a lesson. I would say it’s an all out bad idea.

    • jasonpaulhayes

      My sentiments exactly.

  • Bruteloop

    Going to end in tears…or a lawsuit. Drunk…she gets dropped. Boyfriend there…he or you get dropped. These two seem decent blokes. But if it catches on…

  • Kitty Davenport

    Not a good idea to do this to ladies you do not know and have a good friendship with. Doing this to a stranger is not ok. It is assault essentially. imagine if one of these ladies had PTSD?

    Unless you are at an SCA event and are very drunk and dressed as a Viking. Then it is expected of you. If somebody did this to my daughter who is a black belt and very strong, they would end up with broken bones.

  • jonathan oliveira

    this is at my college at uvu. mostly mormon students who dont feel violated with stranger contact since most are mormon with decent values. anywhere else it may be weird to see reactions of fear..

    • Ted Heistman

      Yeah, Now that I think about it I think this type of thing would easily pulled off in the Bible college I went too. Good harmless fun. Makes more sense now, chivalry and all that.

      If these were drunk frat boys the context would e slightly more rapey.

  • godozo

    Me no like.

    I’d say unwanted assault on personal space with (at least) a tinge of grooming thrown in.

  • jesse

    Ya.. the things mormons think are funny

  • Jane

    I’d kick someone’s ass if they did that to me. I startle easily to begin with. And *I’d* probably be the one ending up in jail with assault charges lodged against me.

  • Conspiracy Carrot

    This is a little creepy. OK, more than a little. And one or two of those women were nearly dropped… and they would have landed right on the back of their skulls. These guys had cameras and were being playful, so I doubt any of the prank victims felt real fear; but this is still a serious invasion of personal space, potentially dangerous, and creepy.

  • Ted Heistman

    I don’t understand it but a lot of women like this kind of thing, generally only if the dude is young and good looking, though.

    i think it would also be fair play to kick these guys asses though.

    • VaudeVillain

      Funny how being young and good looking can make nearly anything acceptable.

      “Am I going to be passed around *giggle*” just made me cringe.

    • Jesse

      Why do people insist on saying a lot of X people like Y action/thing/idea. you don’t know that, you just made that up, you have never sat down women you know and asked them one after the other if they like being picked up randomly by men they don’t know and you have never created a statistical analysis of the results.

      Don’t make things up. It’s called lying.

      • Ted Heistman

        have you ever talked to a girl?

        How do you know how many women I have talked to? Maybe I didn’t ask them about being randomly picked up but I talked to them about related things of being physically over powered.

        • Jesse

          “Maybe I didn’t ask them about being randomly picked up”

          you just proved my point. You can’t assume people’s answers WHEN YOU HAVEN’T ASKED THEM

          • Ted Heistman

            WOw! good point! Nobody should talk at all unless they have conducted several peer reviewed double blind studies about specific things, and these specific things can never be applied to ANYTHING else. Lateral thinking us all Bullshit! Of course!

  • Dingbert

    That kind of manhandling is rapey. The greeting with a kiss video is a much more interesting social experiment, since it’s an actual thing people do, albeit not that randomly. I did go to a Paschal service at a different parish one time, and had to go down the line and kiss every person there, even though I didn’t know any of them. Maybe Americans oversexualize and are too protective of their personal space?

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