They're the kind that don't seem offensive on the surface, so d.bot’s messages range from innocuous to extreme.The creators’ hope is that people can engage with long enough to bridge the gap between the two.He started off the conversation with, “Aren’t you going to say hi?” I responded politely but cautiously with a “hey.” He told me I had a pretty name, and then he asked me what I do for fun.Since when did Netflix become gendered, let alone “girly”? “I'd say you're like a solid 8...well, at least your body.” “How come women can't seem to take a joke? But the remarks didn’t nag me the way they usually do.Actually, they triggered both laughter and anger, and maybe it was because this time they didn’t come from a person. Its name is d.bot, a web application that simulates conversations women might have with men in online and offline situations.Because of that, people are forced to come up with something generic to say in their first few exchanges, which leads to d.bot-like behavior.
For women who experience these conversations, might seem unnecessary.I found myself yelling at my screen, enraged and laughing at how ridiculous and I spoke to a 23-year-old marketing manager in San Francisco who responded to like she normally would.She said it was more fun than usual because she’s completely aware that she won’t ever have to encounter this guy in any real capacity.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.