Online abuse against women exposed by Instagram account

Mia Matsumiya has archived over 1,000 abusive messages from strangers on the internet over the past 10 years 

Mollie Goodfellow
Tuesday 13 October 2015 17:09
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The violinist Mia Matsumiya has received a torrent of racist, sexist abuse
The violinist Mia Matsumiya has received a torrent of racist, sexist abuse

A woman has set up an Instagram account to call out abuse, harassment and threats received by women online.

Mia Matsumiya from Los Angeles launched the perv_magnet account to repost racist, sexist and sexually explicit comments she, and other women, have received on the internet.

Mia Matsumiya Instagram

Ms Matsumiya, a violinist, has archived more than 1,000 messages from people she labels “creeps, weirdos and fetishists” on the Instagram account and has more than 6,700 followers.

Speaking to the Huffington Post, Ms Matsumiya said: "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 became really angry. It's absolutely unacceptable to treat anyone this way. People often deny the existence racism or sexism, but I'm pelted with it almost daily and here's my proof."

Of the messages Ms Matsumiya has posted, most involved racist and sexist abuse, or sexually explicit content.

Her account features various examples of what she has endured on the internet over the past 10 years, some of which are included below and are not safe for work:

 

A photo posted by Mia Matsumiya (@perv_magnet) on

 

 

A photo posted by Mia Matsumiya (@perv_magnet) on

Ms Matsumiya wants to spread her project further, for other women who have received abuse on the internet. She shared her email address in a post in the hope others will share their stories.

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