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Digital Dialogues and Community 2.0 by Tara Brabazon

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Becoming Mireila: a virtual ethnography through the eyes of an avatar

Faracy Grouse

Abstract:

This chapter constructs a virtual ethnography of Second Life. Particularly, the focus is on virtual sex and the configuration of ‘consent’ in such environments. When genitals do not touch, how do the rules of intimacy transform legally and culturally?

Key words

Second Life

virtual ethnography

avatars

virtual sex

feeders

rape

consent

I recently read an article about a virtual (or ‘virtual’) rape on the popular MMORPG Second Life.1 Initially, I was sceptical that such an act was even possible, let alone merited attention. However, days after I read the article, the idea still haunted me. The incident which led to this phenomenon involved a teenage ...

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