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Woman Documents a Decade of #Online #Harrassment on #Instagram



Social media sites have always been a stage for social experiments. Equality-driven women have been known to use digital platforms to challenge topics such as cat-calling, body shaming and female censorship. One ex-New Yorker is pushing the boundaries again by publishing every abusive, harassing and sexually-motivated message she has received online in the past 10 years.

Mia Matsumiya, who accrued a steady social media following in her time as a blogger and band member in the years 2003-2013, charted all of the predatory messages she received. She has decided to debut them on a dedicated Instagram account, @perv_magnet, in order to show the darker, meaner side of social networking.

The account already has a whopping 46.7k followers, and users everywhere are giving their opinions, both in favour and in disagreement with her decision to post. Some are even sending in their own examples of online harassment to show how big the problem can really be. Below are just a few of the endless examples Mia has uploaded. We couldn't show a great number of them due to their graphic content. 

A photo posted by Mia Matsumiya (@perv_magnet) on




A photo posted by Mia Matsumiya (@perv_magnet) on
A photo posted by Mia Matsumiya (@perv_magnet) on

Mia had this to say to The Huffington Post: "Pretty much most of my life now, I've encountered Asian fetishists, pedophiles, stalkers, racists, and who-knows-how-many unsolicited sexual comments. It had gotten to the point where someone would send the most scathing, racist, violent thing to me -- like rape or death threats -- and I would barely have a reaction." I'm sure many females can relate to this kind of online abuse, and have experienced it on some level at some point in their lives. The volume of the messages received by the violinist can prove that whilst publicity and online presence is key to making it as a music star, it can also have a negative impact. Some may see messages like this as all part of the business - to receive both positive and negative interaction, but that is an attitude people like Mia are seeking to change.

By creating a dialogue for this type of harassment, others may begin to feel more comfortable online.
"Personally, I don’t know any woman who hasn't been the recipient of creepy behaviour. It’s unacceptable and so depressingly rampant. I want my account to be a place where women can commiserate and men to just learn what women can experience online," she told Dazed.




SMF rookie, fresh out of academia, looking forward to more creative ventures. With a love of current affairs, green tea and an ever insatiable wanderlust, Katie is ready to have her voice heard. Follow her @KatieAtSMF


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Woman Documents a Decade of #Online #Harrassment on #Instagram Reviewed by Katie Gascoyne on Sunday, October 25, 2015 Rating: 5

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