Violinist Documents Years of Online Sexual Harassment on Instagram
“My intention is to bring to light all the horrific things people say to women online when everyone else's heads are turned.”
Mia Matsumiya is an accomplished violinist who’s probably best known for her work with avant-garde band Kayo Dot. But, unfortunately the 4-foot-9 musician and blogger is a perv magnet. She told Newsworthy, “My race attracts fetishists who believe that Asian women are subservient and I have a theory that my size is nonthreatening to men who might otherwise be scared to approach normal-sized women — not to mention that it’s fetishized.”
Fifteen years ago, she started blogging and posting thoughts on her website, and perverts began sending her disgusting messages. A few years later, when she joined Kayo Dot, she had 110,000 friends on Myspace and the real harassment began. “The upside was that we gained tons of awesome fans, but the downside was that it attracted a lot of sexual aggressor weirdos. The Myspace days are definitely where the bulk of the messages come from.” She’s received thousands of pervy messages through social media from fetishists and creepy campers from around the globe. The messages she’s received range from crude and graphic to threatening, and she’s saved every one.
After becoming fed up with the harassment, she decided to out the men who have sent her disgusting messages her over the years by starting an Instagram account, @perv_magnet, where she posts the messages. The posts go from desperate to disturbing, revealing the dark side of internet anonymity and its effect on women. “I definitely don’t deserve to be the recipient of such vitriol, just for posting photos of myself and tweeting and blogging harmless self-expressions,” Matsumiya said.
She intends to turn the collection of hurtful messages into a coffee-table book. “I thought a good place to start actualizing the book would be Instagram. My intention is to bring to light all the horrific things people say to women online when everyone else's heads are turned.”
Here are a few of the “tamer” messages she’s posted.