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Instagram Account Chronicles One Woman's Decade Of Internet Harassment And Abuse

Mia Matsumiya, a violinist who has performed in rock bands in New York for the past 10 years, recently decided to reveal another secret hobby she’s kept up: the vast collection of her internet harassment, which she is posting one by one on her Instagram account @Perv_Magnet.

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“Being 4’9”, Asian-American, and a musical performer has sort of been a nightmare combination when it comes to harassment—it seems to attract an insane amount of unacceptable, predatory behavior,” she said in an interview.

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Matsumiya reportedly developed an internet following when she started blogging about her performances in 2003. The posts soon became anthropological case studies in a certain kind of vile male internet commenter.

One particularly scary instance occurred with a man who was arrested for stalking another Asian woman.

“The guy would write me all the time, and even though his messages weren’t over-the-top creepy, they were definitely a little sexually aggressive,” she told BuzzFeed. “When the police arrested him at the public library, he was found with a hard drive containing a bunch of pictures of me and hundreds of pages of stories he had written about stalking and raping me. It was really terrifying.”

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Matsumiya said that while the responses to the Instagram account are mostly positive, some people have been predictably grotesque.

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“There are people who think I started this account in order to brag about how many ‘compliments’ I get,” she said to the Huffington Post. “I’m guessing these people are the same people delivering these messages. But make no mistake, I don’t take these messages as compliments and never have. In fact, they make me feel objectified, dehumanized, and degraded. I think the more time you spend reading them, you really begin understanding my position.”


Contact the author at joanna@jezebel.com.

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Mrs. Fingerbottom

“There are people who think I started this account in order to brag about how many ‘compliments’ I get,”

WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE. I WANT NAMES.