Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Gender Blogs: I. Why I Will Be Writing About Gender

Finally getting around to posting the BEM blog (which follows) has motivated me to finally get around to the current subject.

Written 20 August, 2008

The Gender Blogs

I. Why I Will Be Writing About Gender

I’m fascinated by the issue of gender in Second Life.

Can pixels have gender?

Clearly so.

Certainly the human beings operating those pixels have gender, and sometimes—a LOT of times—the gender of the human operator doesn’t match the gender of the avatar.

When I mentioned this to a friend, she didn’t believe me.

“That’s a girl!” she said.

“Cause of the too-big hair?” I said.

“Yeah. And the too-big ass.”

“And the too-big breasts?”

“Yeah, that too. And the super duper mini-skirt, and that oiled skin. I mean, what guy would dress like that?”

A lot of them, apparently.

And so, because it interests me, I’ll be writing a bit about gender.

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