Will the Male Impersonators Please Stand Up

kayla-hawkeyeI can’t believe it. Now even my son has a female avatar. He started playing Guild Wars. Oh yes, he has the expansion pack as well. After all, when I am addicted to MY virtual life, who am I to refuse the use of my credit card to him? The graphics in GW look much like SL. Each time I catch a glimpse of his screen, I blink in confusion, because I know he isn’t in SL, but it looks like “home” to me. Anyway….. So he’s got a female av. (He’s 18, I can’t stop him. LOL. Happy Birthday, my wonderful boy!) I just looked at him when he showed me. You know that “look”. The one mothers give their sons. THAT look. He said “Mom, I know why all your friends have female avs. The guys just look stupid.” Oooooohhh-kaaaay. Sure. Of course. I said “So you too are spending hours staring at a female derriere (that is not the word I used, in case you are wondering). So HE made the “son” face back at me. You know that one too. That long-suffering “how many times do I have to make this woman see reason” look. He repeated that the guy avatars looked bad BUT, he hastened to assure me, when he plays a wizard, THEN he uses a male avatar, because the beards are cool. ROFL. Yeah, the first thought of a wizard IS Merlin or Gandalf, this is true. Quick thinking, hon.

I may have once agreed that the male avatars are blech. But not anymore. I have seen some VERY good looking male avs in SL. Even more than good looking. A friend sent me a pic of her partner. He was downright hot. So guys – I’m simply not buying that excuse anymore. ‘fess up.

So. Here’s my question to you all. Do you know ANY females with MALE avatars? They have to be that av more than 25% of the time. That male persona has to have friends, inventory, history, etc. Come on – tell me you are or that you REALLY know a female living in SL as male. I have not, to the best of my knowledge, met a single one. I think it’s an urban legend.

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7 Responses to “Will the Male Impersonators Please Stand Up”


  1. 1 daleinnis February 24, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Um, well, *cough* Prokofy Neva *cough*…

  2. 2 daleinnis February 24, 2009 at 10:19 am

    And on a happier note :) I have one good SL friend, an RL female, who has (at least) three alts; most of them are always female, but one is (like me!) male or female more or less at random, And (although I’m no judge of such things) the male form is apparently quite hawt. :)

    But the only example I know of of an RL female who plays an always-male AV is the one I mention in my previous comment there. And it’s a very interesting question why!

  3. 3 honour February 24, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Interesting – that’s the only *cough* name I could think of as well…..I probably just don’t get out enough. :)

  4. 4 Jaymin Carthage February 24, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    I don’t ask, so I’ve nothing to tell. :-)

  5. 5 Bastian Kiessling February 25, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Well, after a whole time of impersonating females I have gone over to play a male character/avatar. The argument I hear most of the time from other male friends who decide to play females, is that if you have to stare at the back of your avatar for hours it should at least look nice :)

  6. 6 daleinnis February 26, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    The question is: why doesn’t that same argument apply to the RL girls? Don’t they prefer looking at boys’ bottoms? :)

  7. 7 ahuva18 February 27, 2009 at 11:28 am

    @Dale – yes, that IS curious, isn’t it? Apparently girls do NOT prefer looking at boys’ bottoms. :) Go figure.

    @Bastian – wow! I’m impressed! Send me a pic. I want to see!!!!! (front view please. *grin* )

    @Jaymin – I seem to have heard that policy before…. :)


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