Beth Granter

Freelance digital consultant for charities

Gender and Second Life

Signing up to Second Life today, and the sign up form forces you to choose your gender:

Second Life gender

This is pretty normal for registration purposes. I’ve collected quite a few snapshots of similar ‘error’ messages (will add these to the post later), from places you really would think wouldn’t care what your gender is (weather sites?!). I guess it’s good for targeted advertising to know your market, but shouldn’t it be up to the user whether they want to give out that information (without being blocked from registering)? Still, Facebook wins as the only place I remember to allow me to leave my gender blank.

One response to “Gender and Second Life”

  1. Hey, Beth, if you’d like a guide to help you navigate SL, I offer my humble services. I write for the Second Life Insider, a blog all about SL. I know some great places and wonderful people, and understand what it’s like to be new in-world. So, feel free to take me up on it!

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