Re: [-empyre-] Second Life Whiteness and Privilege
Your thinking out loud reminded me of an article I read in
NewWorldNotes awhile back...
There loox to be a few links in the comments that may be of interest
On Aug 8, 2007, at 6:35 PM, Ricardo Peach wrote:
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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