posted on May, 13 2008 @ 08:59 AM
Originally posted by LOYAL
i was so surprised that the guys i used to believe are 16 yrs old female were actually 70 years old men
ROTFLMAO!!!! Dude. Welcome to "the internets," where the safe assumption is ALWAYS
that every "16 year old female" you meet online is in
reality a dirty old man.
I think having a "gender icon" would be a double-edged sword. There are many times when I thought I was talking back and forth with a man only to
find out it was a woman, and vice versa, because I see people as a combination of their avatars and namesake, which often elicits some really amusing
pictures in my head. On the one-hand, a gender declaration would clear up a lot of confusion as for what gender someone chooses to publicly identify
with, but that doesn't really mean much, does it?
There are people who are born as men who identify themselves as women trapped in a man's body. There are "dirty old men" posing as girls for
nefarious chatting purposes. There are men who use a female personae for the purposes of breaking into a traditionally female-dominated market. There
are even men who pose as women just for the sake of just one more step in trying to obscure their real identity, or to see how people treat them
differently. Now reverse the genders of all that, and you have the same exact possibilities for women posing to be men. Then you've got people who
identify with both genders (metros), and people who identify with neither gender.
Now throw sexual preference into the lot, and then the stated preference of the stated gender, versus the actual preference of the actual gender (ie.
a straight male pretending to be a female lesbian online) what you've basically got is the growing realization that in the online world, gender and
preference mean very little, short of a site specifically tailored towards dating. Don't get me wrong, internet dating services are great for people
who want to try and hook up outside of the meat-world, but in a discussion forum like ATS, having a declaration of gender seems meaningless in the
broad scheme of things. You're probably better off just asking someone via U2U, or in-thread when appropriate, and using a dating site if looking for