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Meet the Virtual, Anime Camgirl the Internet’s Most Toxic Men Are Obsessed With

February 19th 20__Dan Robitzski__Filed Under: Future Society
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Earlier this month, a virtual, anime-inspired avatar named Melody started hosting sexually explicit livestreams — a cartoony recreation of how many adult entertainers and sex workers make money online.

Since then, Wired reports that Projekt Melody has amassed a following of nearly 20,000 horny fans on the adult streaming site Chaturbate and has an even bigger audience on social media. While some of those followers may be horny in general, Projekt Melody has attracted some unsavory corners of the internet — and the digital stripper’s fans are posting hateful things about real live women in the meantime.

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A significant chunk of the Projekt Melody is made up of incels: a virulently misogynistic subculture of men who believe that women owe them sexual favors as a birthright.

To that community, Projekt Melody is a glimpse of a techno-utopian future. It’s one where women are replaced by digital entities existing explicitly and exclusively for their sexual pleasure. And now incels are taking to social media, Wired reports, to gleefully bash and harass women not as keen on that future.

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While it’s hard to imagine a future where digital avatars like Projekt Melody replace human sex workers, it’s likely that Melody — and an inevitable slew of imitators — will become increasingly common in the future.

“She appeals to many different groups [including] online communities that politically lean right. Although that depiction might make one assume that her fans are all incels, that’s not really true,” a Projekt Melody subreddit moderator told Wired. “Yes, they make up a significant part of her fanbase.”

READ MORE: Do Fans of Cartoon Porn Stars Hate (Real) Women? [Wired]

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