“Jabra even wants to provide a guide so that other female avatars can make themselves more sexually attractive” (R.A. Brookey and K.L. Cannon, 2011, p. 151).
The above sentence is so much of what I have a problem with when it comes to the objectification of women. It’s bad enough that it happens in real life, but horribly misogynistic world views make their way into the online realm, honestly, please leave! Then there’s women who internalize these feelings of needing to doll themselves up solely for the pleasure of mean, it’s sad and unfortunate that this is the criteria society teaches both women and men by which to measure females’ worth.
I have no problem with a woman who wants to make herself look presentable; by all means, that’s a great thing to do. But with the statement like that quoted above, for the sake of being “sexually attractive”—NO there’s more to being a woman, there’s more to being a human than your sexual attractiveness.
This is why it bothers me so much to see the stores in Second Life selling promiscuous clothing for women. More than it making me uncomfortable, it makes me sad. Is there any environment in which women don’t get reduced to objects to be played around with?
I found it shocking to read that a Playboy-esque magazine exists in Second Life; but maybe I’m just new here. Maybe it shouldn’t be a shock at all. Maybe it would be more shocking if something like that didn’t exist. After all Second Life is both a fantasy world conjured up from imagination as well as a reflection of much of the real world. If such magazines, thought processes, and objectification exist in real life, maybe it only follows that it would exist in a world where users can remain anonymous, hidden, and enjoy whatever they want to enjoy without being judged by family, friends, and other people they’re forced to have relationships with in life.
Despite all those maybes, I still wish there were more people who’d see my kind as intellectual beings instead of mere toys both in the online and offline worlds.