“I think it’s hard to unpack as a woman how much of the things that people say to me I have been conditioned to accept as normal when in fact they really are small cutting things," Chin told .
Last year, a Redditer who joked about girls having it easy on dating sites decided to pose as one to see what it was like. With d.bot, anyone can simulate the experience the Redditer and many women actually have. Likewise, meeting someone at a bar doesn’t provide that much more insight into someone’s personality.
Their ethnicity and what they do for work are the foundations for the conversation.
Hints of these experiences lie in d.bot’s microaggressions, including “Where are you from? Chin said submitting her own has been cathartic, and she's hoping that aspect of the project will grow. Instagrams like @byefelipe and the aforementioned @tindernightmares receive hundreds of submissions showing messages men have sent women.
In October, Mia Matsumiya entered the spotlight for her Instagram @perv_magnet, where she posts all the sexist and racist messages she’s saved over the course of a decade to call out online harassment. “I want my account to be a place where women can commiserate and men to just learn what women can experience online." The creators were partly interested in creating this chatbot to get at the “subtly chauvinistic or subtly prejudiced comments,” which Collinsworth said are less explored and just as important to acknowledge as the outrageous ones.
An October 2015 report from the Pew Research Center called "Teens, Technology and Romantic Relationships" found that 35% of teen girls ages 13-17 blocked or unfriended someone who was flirting in a way that made them uncomfortable. According to an earlier Pew report from October 2014, "Online harassment is especially pronounced at the intersection of gender and youth: Women ages 18-24 are more likely than others to experience some of the more severe forms of harassment." Women are also more likely to be harassed on social media (73%) than men (59%).
Referencing the Turing test, where a computer passes only if it can fool testers into thinking it's human, the creators took the approach of a bot that impersonates a very specific type of person.
That message addresses the landscape of interactions between men and women, particularly the way men speak to women.
For women who experience these conversations, might seem unnecessary.
” When I talked to people about d.bot, a question that came up, mostly from men, was whether actually aligned with my and my peers’ personal experiences.