Yes, There's Virtual World Ageism, But Older Avatars Can Still Be Stars (Comment of the Week)
I loved this comment from "Virtual Christine", inspired by Iris Ophelia's write-up of an old-looking avatar, noting, "When you can be any version of you (or of someone else) that you want, most people head straight for some version of themselves in their 20's." However, Virtual Christine said this:
"Dear Iris, You are right, virtual worlds seem to be very ageist. When I started my blog a couple of years back, with the tagline 'An older woman's thoughts on the metaverse' which featured my chunky, white-haired, wrinkled avatar, I thought of it more as a rage against the machine thing. I never seriously thought more than a couple of people would read me.
"I could not have been more mistaken:
"Thousands of people read my old lady adventures in the great wide yonder of SL/ OpenSim; they leave wonderful comments,they come up to me in-world and tell me how much they love my blog; I heard my 14 year old son tell a friend his Mom was like a star! Which I'm not, but being true to who I am, has worked for me in my 6 years of virtual and 51 years of real life. Be your beautiful, unique selves everyday of the year sisters!"
Image from Christine's blog.Tweet