I find that my avatar changes the way people respond and treat me.
Avatars I have used which have illicited aggression in others are:
Topless Spock and kirk hugging
Karl Mark - but with a funny caption "your mother is like my politics - every worker gets a share". I didn't believe in the politics- thought it was
funny and had to change it within two day after being attacked by Americans mainly. Didnt matter what I was contributing to the thread - the
responses were all about my avatar.
So I generally now choose my avatars so they convey a convivial nature- just enough quirkiness, just enough humour...little focus on trying to gain
sexual attention from males on the site.
it's just enough to convey individuality yet slip quietly under the radar.
It's definitely been chosen to illicit a deliberate response in others to ensure that I can be heard (metaphorically).
So yes, my avatar is about positioning and it's about gaining a more subtle response from my peer group.
edit on 7-9-2011 by stellify because: (no reason given)