Tinder and other similar dating apps have become a useful tool for many to be able to meet new people for friendships, casual hookups, and even something more serious.
But along with romance and interesting conversations one would get from such services are the nasty messages filled with misogyny and creepiness from some really damaged individuals.
Lillian, a Tinder user who constantly receives awful chats from random guys, decided to have fun with them by turning these offensive, cringe-worthy attempts at pickup lines into hilarious memes.
A senior political science and art history major in college, Lilian created the Instagram account LILLIAN x TINDER (thefleshlightchronicles), which became the repository for her abuse-turned-art posts.
The account, which has accumulated over 16,000 followers, began in November 2016 with a post showing a Tinder profile of a man with a cigarette, holding a Fleshlight sex toy (thus, the account name) which also had a cigarette in it.
In its caption, she wrote, “How to get a girl: Step 1, show her your fleshlight. Step 2, put a cigarette in your fleshlight.”
From that day forward, she began posting images usually of her with the Tinder messages edited in accompanied with witty captions that tackle issues such as sexism, racism, fetishization, and abuse head-on.
“I just got a lot of really terrible messages from men on Tinder and I made a finsta for it. It really began as a finsta and as it got to be more popular, I realized that this touched upon my own issues as a woman of color and I could talk about that,” she told student publication the Tufts Daily.
Along with the support and admiration she received from her growing following, she revealed that she also gets some heat from other individuals as well.
“I have gotten harassed by strangers [and by] people I know in real life, online. Luckily never in real life physically. Fearing for my own safety is definitely something that’s constantly on my mind,” she was quoted as saying.
Not minding her critics, Lilian intends to keep the Fleshlight Chronicles going.
“I can see myself continuing to do this. As of now, I don’t really know, it’s sort of hazy because honestly social media and making it an integral part of your professional life is such new territory that I can’t say for sure how I’m going to navigate that,” she said. “But it is something that I’m passionate about and that I hope to continue in the future.”
Images via Instagram / thefleshlightchronicles