Thursday, 1 January 2009

Gender Play in Second Life

This is person who has been ordered to work as a sissy slave by their master in Second Life. In rl sissy slaves are always men dressed as female servants but in Second Life one can put on a female body along with a female set of clothing. In this way the category of cross dresser or of one gender performing the other is suddenly gone. Butch lesbians and drag queens suddenly do not existent.

Though we tend to place these categories of identity on the margins I think their lose is profound for the social space of Second Life. Suddenly the most disruptive identities of the real world don't exist. Though this identities are marginal their possibility is itself profound. The sudden loss of their possibility is a profound loss as well. For those who see the interent as a disruptive technology this is an interesting lesson.

And as I have said again and again: Second Life reinforces and extends existing gender categories.

Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life
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