The Verge on Second Life - Beautifully Produced, But I'm Not Sure About Its Gender Claims
The Verge has a pretty good, beautifully produced article looking back on Second Life's last 10 years featuring folks like my pals founding Linden Hunter Walk and anthropologist Tom Boellstorff. Some of the reporting seems a bit off in places, so caveat however-you-say-"reader"-in-Latin. Such as:
This might not be far off the truth: [Ex-Linden Fee] Berry tells me that at one point Linden Lab said six of every ten women in Second Life were men behind their avatars. One of the most famous women in Second Life, Jade Lily, is a male member of the US Air Force named Keith Morris. Morris real-life married another Second Lifer, Coreina Grace (real name Meghan Sheehy) in 2009.
I'm not aware of Linden Lab ever making such a claim about avatar gender, I seriously doubt they would do so in public, and I'm not sure how such a claim could be reliably made; at the same time, Linden Lab has often reported that the most active SL users are women in real life. So I'm not sure where this claim is coming from. Speaking of which, Keith Morris is (or was) Jade Lily, and did marry Megan Sheehy (as I blogged here), but by then, I'm farily positive he had already left military service.