[JIRA] Commented: (SVC-4180) Use the Age Verification system already in place to do a voluntary Gender Verification to protect against the fraudulent use of female avatars by RL males. Many lesbians regard this practice as a form of cyber rape. SL should be cutting edge on this.

Lion Fearguis (JIRA) no-reply at lindenlab.cascadeo.com
Fri Jan 15 06:44:32 PST 2010


    [ http://jira.secondlife.com/browse/SVC-4180?page=com.atlassian.jira.plugin.system.issuetabpanels:comment-tabpanel&focusedCommentId=159946#action_159946 ] 

Lion Fearguis commented on SVC-4180:
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I think that the problem is that some people want to make second life a kind of extension of real life, I mean they want second life to be real life in a sort of cartoons. But this was not the objective of the creators of the game, I think. Second life is another world, based on imagination. The argument about the transgenders is more important that some of you would like to make us believe: if the transgender are a minority, aren't lesbians (if all of them agree with this woman, which we don't know) a minority too? As far as I can see, heterosexual men and women haven't asked for gender verification. They don't seem to have the same problem. Is it important for everyone here? And what about homosexual men? Asking for gender verification just because some women (not all) are searching other women in real life (not in second life, as we can infer from this case) can destroy the main principles of the game: we have all the right to be whatever we want in this world of imagination. And one more thing: the man with a female avatar who married that woman was very credible as a woman, wasn't he? Doesn't that mean that men and women are not so different in the mind after all? What is this woman scared of?

> Use the Age Verification system already in place to do a voluntary Gender Verification to protect against the fraudulent use of female avatars by RL males. Many lesbians regard this practice as a form of cyber rape. SL should be cutting edge on this.
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>                 Key: SVC-4180
>                 URL: http://jira.secondlife.com/browse/SVC-4180
>             Project: 2. Second Life Service - SVC
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>         Environment: The current version. Version is irrelevant
>            Reporter: Mandy Dorfler
>
> Too often women are violated by men in SL. Men come to women only areas and use a female avatar to cause troubl emotionally and in other ways. This is a form of cyber rape. Second Life has age verification in place that could be used to voluntarily allow residents to become gender verified. It's not foolproof but it would allow female users in SL to feel safer. As an owner of a women only venue this would be a tremendous feature to have. I would be able to allow only gender verified people on the sim. Also, the gender verified option could be shown on the profile page.
> I was a victim of this fraud myself and it happens often. I married what a thought was a German girl. Spent a fortune on the wedding and other things then "she" confessed to being a rl male. I lost REAL money here through this fraud.
> Please consider this feature.

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