Something to think about

Given the increasing awareness that comments made about a person online have far-reaching effects on those receiving the comments, be they mature or immature, it never ceases to amaze me that in SecondLife there remains a significant number of seriously misogynistic people, who feel that it is perfectly OK to perform and espouse malevolent acts upon others, primarily women. Their argument is that due to SecondLife’s entry requirements, such abuse is Role-played between adults. It has long been known that SecondLife’s age restriction is largely lip-service and is easily and frequently evaded.

There is even a small number of folk who consider virtual child abuse to be acceptable. This must be a concern to those who operate and own SecondLife, since it is the one thing that might, in the current climate, cause SecondLife to be blocked by internet service providers.

There is a long history of practices carried out in SecondLife that are “frowned upon” in society, namely BDSM, D/s and transgenderism. I am in a long term D/s relationship with another and have been for years now. There is something that differentiates our D/s and that of most who practice BDSM or D/s from the practices that I outlined above: namely that we ensure that what we do is consensual and between adults. This caveat is not, on the whole, adhered to by these predatory individuals and that concerns me. I am repeatedly told to mind my own business and not to interfere in the affairs of others. This is a specious argument at best. These people put MY SecondLife in jeopardy by their disregard of others’ rights and feelings.

I have received the argument that it is better that these folk live out their malevolent fantasies in the Virtual World than in the Real World and as far as it goes, that is true. But then the question arises; should these attitudes and practices be permitted at all? Therein lies a difficult moral judgement. Just what freedoms do we permit in the virtual world? I am not sure that I have an answer for that question, nor am I sure that I am in a position to judge. I AM sure that sooner or later someone WILL judge and given the current moral climate in the Western World, that judgement will come soon.

~ by Ayesha Askham-Ezvalt on August 31, 2013.

One Response to “Something to think about”

  1. Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by more than 15 million people from around the globe.

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