The Instagram account called "Bye Felipe" takes its name from the popular "Bye, Felicia" refrain from the 1995 cult classic movie Friday, as reported by New York Magazine. In the movie, the characters played by Ice Cube and Chris Tucker get rid of a freeloading neighbor named Felicia after she parks herself on their porch and asks to borrow a car.
In a similar manner, the "Bye Felipe" website seeks to expose and get rid of guys who practice online harassment of women by sending unsolicited photos of their penises or hateful comments in exchange for getting turned down or for just existing on social media.
With more than 421,000 Instagram followers, the "Bye Felipe" Instagram account explains its mission, which is to put guys "on blast" who turn hostile online when their attempts to flirt aren't reciprocated. The Instagram account also tackles recent social issues and includes a link in the "Bye Felipe" profile to the Change.org petition that the account owner has begun.
A recent Instagram post about Brock Turner points to the irony that Facebook would remove memes about the convicted rapist but not stop the unsolicited penis photos that some women are sent via Facebook direct messages.In the petition's description, Alexandra Tweten out of Los Angeles, California, explains her motivation for starting the online pledge. Titled "End unsolicited d*** pics on Facebook," the Change.org petition has received nearly 3,000 signatures thus far. Tweten explains her role as the administrator of the "Bye Felipe" Instagram account. She also notes the variety of funny and scary pics women receive online from men -- mostly on Facebook.
"I run the Instagram account @ByeFelipe where women send examples of bad behavior they experience online, specifically when men turn hostile after being rejected. Some of the stuff they send is funny, some of it's kinda scary. And a surprising amount of submissions I receive are pictures women have been sent, without warning, of people's penises.
"I'll probably never know why the guys who send these photos think it's a good idea. But I do know one place where this happens a surprising amount: Facebook. Because it turns out that, under Facebook's current Community Guidelines, there's no rule against Facebook users sending pictures of their penis to people who didn't ask to see it. On behalf of everyone who has submitted screenshots of these unrequited messages to @ByeFelipe (and everyone else who's gotten that kind of unwanted surprise in the Facebook Messenger inbox), I'm asking for Facebook to update their Community Guidelines to make sending these messages against the rules. These photos aren't harmless, they are harassment. This really doesn't seem complicated. Please help me tell Facebook to make sending unsolicited d*** pics against their Community Guidelines."
The YouTube video included on the Change.org petition page includes an interesting scenario. It asks how men and women would react if men took out their penises in real life and showed them to women who didn't ask to see them. It's a great way to visually interpret the objectifying and sexually harassing nature of performing such a task as sending penis photos.
In one scenario, a woman goes jogging when she is accosted by a man who shows her his penis after opening his black trench coat. When she complains to a nearby policeman, he asks facetiously what she expected, satirically stating that she was the one who wore comfortable clothing (a jog bra and workout pants) to go jogging.
Warning: Some of the language displayed in the following YouTube video might be offensive to viewers.It's the kind of logic sometimes lobbed at women who receive unwanted comments. In the video, some of the guys state that it's the fault of the women since it was their Instagram pages that got the guys all excited.
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