This new Instagram account is holding the creeps accountable.
Oct 29, 2014 10:56pm
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Ever encountered a total dirtbag through online dating and wished you could warn all the other women out there to steer clear? Well, thanks to new Instagram feed @ByeFelipe, you can. The account accepts screen grabs via email from women who’ve had unpleasant text conversations with creeps they’ve met online, then posts them for the world to see.
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The submissions are generally from men who just don’t understand how anyone could not be interested in them.
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There’s also a whole load from guys who have never, ever heard of patience.
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And turn violent and offensive when they don’t get the answer they want.
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The account was started by LA Operations Coordinator, Alexandra Tweten when she realised how many women are subject to aggressive and threatening online dating messages.
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"I realized these hostile messages were a trend that women see online," she told HuffPo. "That started a conversation about creating an Instagram to keep all of these insane messages so we could discuss them. All women get some degree of creepy or weird messages when they sign up for online dating sites."
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"It's a standard reaction that I've now seen over and over again with the submissions," she explained. "Guy hits on girl, girl doesn't respond, guy lashes out with insulting message. It really shows the entitlement these guys feel, and I think it shows our cultural misogyny problem."
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Tweten says she hopes the account will help to let guys know this kind of behaviour is not OK, while also letting other women know that they are not alone in it.
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"I also wanted to show men what it's like existing as a woman online, because I don't think they realize or know what it's like," she said. "Maybe a guy will see it and put a second thought into sending a woman a mean message."
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Like saying they must be mentally ill.
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Or turning up at their house uninvited.
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Or telling them to commit suicide.
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You're damned if you do reply, and you're damned if you don't.