Re: [-empyre-] Second Life Whiteness and Privilege
i once built a set of afro-american musician avatars for a virtual jazz band
project at active worlds out of curiosity to re-contextualise the 'roots' of
the music we (white guys) were playing in RL. ..paying homage etc.
this was also, inadvertently seeking privilege of 'blackness' that might
authenticate our music.
but it was funny to notice uncomfortable reactions from one of the musicians
when he realised he was n fact black in VR !
anyway, i think in a post-symbolic way, it forced questions of prejudices
and even 'cultural borrowing' that sought answers from our inner-selves.
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Sent: Thursday, August 09, 2007 9:35 AM
Subject: [-empyre-] Second Life Whiteness and Privilege
In light of the issues raised so far I would be really interested to hear
from people about their own experiences of race, gender and sexuality etc in
Second Life. I know this is more of a cultural studies analysis, but I find
these virtual worlds fascinating spaces of privilege and reification, and I
wonder how we could alleviate these potentially exclusionary practices!
We may even be able to subvert them by celebrating them!? I once met a Zulu
man who had a white skin and he was having a ball exploring his whiteness,
in the same way I could experience heterosexuality in ways I could not in
RL! Maybe SL can offer people who do not have race, gender or sexuality
prive ledge the opportunity to experience it?
Is it just me or have others also experienced race, gender and sexuality
privilege etc. (both positive and negative) in terms of skins available and
interactions with people? What can we do to complicate these opportunities?
Just thinking out loud.
Dr. Ricardo Peach
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