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Showing posts with label discrimination. Show all posts
Showing posts with label discrimination. Show all posts

Monday, August 7, 2023

Discrimination, The Truth About Second Life Most Hated Community – Samuel Roberts Reporting

In the real world we deal with things everyday that make us come face to face with hate itself, whether you’re a woman in the workplace and you are discriminated against or a African American being pulled over for no justifiable reason by the police simple because of the color of your skin, racism, agism, sexism, ableism and basic ignorant prejudice is all around us in many places in the world we live in. 

Often this is even increased on platforms like video games that give the player base a sense of anonymity which in turn allows the ugliest parts of person to be revealed once the promise of consequences is removed. The question is, “Is it the same in Second Life?” have we reached the utopian ideal in this virtual world where we all live and get along in harmony, no. No. a giant big, colossal No. 

I Spoke to many people this week about the things that they have faced in second life for being black, for being a woman, for being disabled, for being young or old but the one community that stood to me the most was the furry community, the stories I heard were just hurtful and appalling, music venues not allowing them to even come and enjoy music, sims not allowing access to anyone with a tail or non-human face. I found corners of SL where Fury’s would gather and they seemed like “safe spaces” spaces in the grid where they could be free to be themselves, it hurt my heart to hear the stories around them being removed form places for just being who they are and to be honest I met some of the nicest people I’ve met in my 10 years in SL in this community.

I even bought myself a tail, initially it was to blend in for my attempt to infiltrate the community but over time I grew to love my tail, I would get compliments on it from the other Furry’s around me and I’ve honestly never felt so welcome by a community in second life. To be honest with you I was overwhelmed when a multitude of Furry’s started to explain their stories, banned for being furry, hunted, shot at, targeted directly by groups of trolls who would go out and find Furry’s to make fun of. One story stood out to me and gave me an unsettling feeling, it is as follows. A certain Group/Sim which shall remain nameless would literally target specific furry groups and hunt them as a kind of warped sport, they would RP as is if they were looking for Furry’s to kill. Another story that comes to mind is a man who has a love for motorcycles and tried to start a MC in second life only to realize that the entire MC community for the most part shoots at any furry on site and regards them as less than human, he has been rejected from any MC meet ups and is considered a pest in the eyes of some of second life’s largest MC’s. Even a personal story to end on, as an SL musician, some of my furry fans have been not allowed to come to certain venues to hear me play.

I hope this article brings awareness that not only agism, sexism and racism exist in second life in places like “The Boardroom” where if you are black you will be called the N word 100 times in the space of 20 mins or whether because you’re a trans woman you will be told you look manly and laughed at many public places around second life, Discrimination exists in Second Life and no more than that of the Furry Community.

I want to give a shout out to a lovely creature by the name of Keith who was warm, genuine, and welcoming to a human on the search for answers. Change comes when those with passion can no longer hold their tongue my friend ­čśŐ

I want to leave you with this closing remark from the wonderful Raven, it grants us a glimmer of hope and reminds us the light is always stronger than the dark. 

Raven Corvinus: “As someone who has operated a furry sim since 2016 it is my opinion that the harassment and gatekeeping has gotten better since then. I cannot remember the last time I had a hate group show up (yes there are hate groups still active on SL but that is expected. It’s the internet after all) However the furry community remains hurt over the earlier years and get fearful when a person that is not a part of the community shows up to furry sims. Even if they mean well and have done nothing, almost everyone has a freeze response and gets quiet. Work is needed on both sides to come together and not discriminate against one another. I don’t think there is a long-term solution. Some folks just have a lot of hate in their heart and don’t care to hurt others. It’s those that give majority a bad name. For all my time in SL, I have more memories of fun and feeling safe than I have feeling unwelcome and actively hated. I feel like if we focus on what is good it easily trumps the bad. It’s my belief that if you feel you don’t belong somewhere, then make a place where you do~ Much love to you all.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Mesh vs Classic *** Discrimination In Second Life Pandora Reporting

Discrimination is usually a real life issue but what happens when the hatred spills over into your Second Life and you are suddenly judged by your avatars appearance? To me that is beyond a joke.
I have seen clubs that state in their description “Mesh Avatars Only” and they are serious as they go on to add “No NOOB Mesh Avatars” and “No Flexi Hair.”

When I came back to Second Life I could see that a lot had changed. I knew that I would have to mesh up eventually. I began with a mesh body and my system head. While most people were okay with it. (Oh thanks for your approval) to others I had a mix and match look that did NOT match and they didn’t mind telling me so. I started to feel like some sort of freak … mesh body with a system head. It was doing my real life head in as well … pun not intended.
Eventually it all became too much and after taking a long hard look at myself I decided to change for ME and only me. In Second Life demos are your friend and I bought lots of them and got to work. I felt very proud of my achievements. I would be accepted now right? WRONG.
On the flip side a few people who hadn’t converted over to mesh or still had their system heads no longer wanted to know me. With the exception of a few REAL friends I had become an outcast. I’ve even had comments such as “You must feel much better now that you’re mesh” and I’m thinking to myself “You must feel much better now that I’m worthy of hanging out with you.”  This was a painful experience for me and it still is. The changes I have made to myself and will continue to make are for me and me alone. 

I have FRIENDS in SL who don’t see me as often if at all and others have dropped off completely. My whole mesh experience cost me close to 20,000 Lindens which is roughly $124.00 US because I live in Australia so the conversions are different. That includes a mesh body and head. Skins and makeup as well as hair and clothes. The list is endless.
Do I regret my decisions? No way I like my look and it’s mine. Don’t like it? Don’t look and while your’e at it go get a head or move on ahead … whatever.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Have You Ever Experienced Discrimination in SL?- Dragonmaster Mistwalker Reporting

We all know that discrimination exists in real life. Be it sex, age, racial, gender or religious discrimination a lot of people have faced discrimination in real life. based on this fact i thought id delve in and find out if discrimination exists in our virtual world.

Ðragon Mistwalker (dragonmaster.mistwalker): have you ever experienced discrimination in second life?

  Mistress Sex Kitten Mistwalker (becca.drascol): Yes I have. Once I went to a club and had my "escort" tag on from my own club. Without warning and without time to take the tag off I was ejected and banned. Also as a club co owner I have a hard time finding work, most all places automatically judge, without knowing me that I am out to poach staff.

Ðragon Mistwalker (dragonmaster.mistwalker): how does this effect you?

Mistress Sex Kitten Mistwalker (becca.drascol): The tag thing made me feel like people don't take time they have their finger on the eject and don't care about lag, or a person like me simply forgetting. I almost always go to no tag or a neutral one when i hop around SL to respect other venues. Assuming that as a co owner of a club I am out to poach staff, used to hurt. I felt like I was placed in a category of "everyone else," and that I am uncaring and cold. When in truth I like to see venues of all kinds survive and like to help others.

Ðragon Mistwalker (dragonmaster.mistwalker): have you ever experienced discrimination in second life?

 Hell's Jester (damnedfool): I've found a few that don't like my furry form but I don't let that bother me.

Ðragon Mistwalker (dragonmaster.mistwalker): ty for your time

Hell's Jester (damnedfool): No problem.

Dragon Mistwalker (dragonmaster.mistwalker): have you ever experienced discrimination in second life?

Ferarri Canucci ™ (ferarri.carissa):  yes i have once or twice.

Ðragon Mistwalker (dragonmaster.mistwalker): how did it affect you?

Ferarri Canucci ™ (ferarri.carissa): well it did hurt a little but they are nothing to me so i don't let it affect me.

Ðragon Mistwalker (dragonmaster.mistwalker): thank you for your time
Ferarri Canucci ™ (ferarri.carissa): no worries

Dragon Mistwalker (dragonmaster.mistwalker): have you ever experienced discrimination in second life?

Petra Amare (petravoorst): Yes I have unfortunately. You know my profile is open about who I am. And that does trigger some people to nasty comments.

Ðragon Mistwalker (dragonmaster.mistwalker): how does that affect you?

Petra Amare (petravoorst):  Well...mostly not ...since SL has a capable mute list..but deep does hurt. Weird enough..the worst hurt.. Was when I was "done"....and I planned to be a full girl in SL Kitty's. Dancing there as girl..with 5 or 6 others..all shemale avatars.

Me being only girl..and there were 2 guests tipping them over and over again...none to me. It wasn't the money...but the meaning going out from that. Finally being myself..and then not be accepted. Hurt enough to quit SL for a few months. SL is largely occupied with Americans. Nothing wrong with that..smiles..don't get me wrong. But large parts of USA being like I am is just not accepted. Looked upon as crazy...dirty. Lot of them take that attitude in here. Europeans are way more open about it And FOR it. Has to do with religion...upbringing..all that And FOR it.

Ðragon Mistwalker (dragonmaster.mistwalker): do you think people judged more before or after you changed to playing as a female?

Petra Amare (petravoorst): After. In my previous life I was posing as full female. and was convincing obviously. But anyways..people now can read about me..and if they ask about it..whatever what..I answer openly. I wish more people in SL would come out for their true feelings, whatever they are..and more would accept that. That is the main reason behind my profile. I want people to ask...and maybe..just maybe..grow a bit more understanding.

Ðragon Mistwalker (dragonmaster.mistwalker): have you ever experienced discrimination in second life?

Rayne Meisha Howe (vividdreamz): I have, for the way I live the lifestyles I live. Multiple times actually.

Ðragon Mistwalker (dragonmaster.mistwalker): how did that affect you?

Rayne Meisha Howe (vividdreamz): It shut me out mostly of a lifestyle I once lived on here... I no longer live it, and if I do I keep it very secrecy.. And I feel ashamed of the lifestyle to live it.

Ðragon Mistwalker (dragonmaster.mistwalker): thank you for your time

Rayne Meisha Howe (vividdreamz): You're very welcome

So in closing yes Second Life just the same as our real life discrimination exists. Just in putting together this article one of the people I approached asked what they could do for me a better wardrobe or a better looking wife. This is not the first time I myself have encountered discrimination. 

My wish for this article is it gives people pause to think. If we put aside petty closed minds and prejudices not just in sl but rl too our virtual world and the rl would be better places.

If you have experienced discrimination in Second Life, share your story in the comment box below.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Avie Poll: Discrimination, Prejudice and Racism in SL: Reality or Myth? – Glossom Resident Reporting…

Did anyone imagine twenty years ago that the existence of a virtual world would be possible? 
The world has changed so much in the past decades. Science has made great strides, laws on Equality and Human Rights were created, technology has raised sharply making the world smaller and bringing people closer. Yet, much ink is still expended on Discrimination, Prejudice and Racism, three words that bring people apart. Is this multicultural virtual world called Second Life a Utopia regarding this subject?

Discrimination, prejudice and racism are concepts that merge for their cause-effect relationship. All three are grounded on stereotypes that generate social malaise. While Prejudice stems from preconceived negative judgments on people and their beliefs and behaviors, Discrimination is an unfair or unequal treatment given to a person based on prejudice related to religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, physical or mental disability, nationality, among others. Racism, on the other hand, expresses a set of theories and beliefs that establish racial and ethnic hierarchies, superior and inferior races, resulting in Intolerance, hostile feelings and attitudes.

Monday, June 17, 2013

SL Newser: Avatar Discrimination: A Club Gives Furs the Boot-Grease Coakes Reports....

While checking out a club that appears on the "A List" group, Grease Coakes got a rude reception from the host. He wasn't questioned about his language, behavior, or the clothes he had on. No, he was tossed out of the club because they didn't like his choice of avatar.

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