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Discussion in 'Et Cetera, Et Cetera' started by gymbrat, Apr 6, 2006.

  1. gymbrat

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    It was a long time since I counted on the avatar to carry the likeness of the writer of an entry - I have it clear in my head that avatars can be anyone or anything. Still, it is confusing to a simple soul like myself to read an entry from an at first assumed female, that upon checking the profilia proves to be a male with a female avatar (and, I suppose, vice versa). While it is, of course, not against any rules to use a transgendered avatar, one wonders why it is done. I ask this with some trepidation, because on a site like this one, which is not at all sexual but purely intellectual, the writer's gender is completely unimportant to the reader, but still I feel emotionally betrayed by these avatars. I don't know exactly why: maybe I feel that the same opinion, expressed by a female, could mean something different than from a man. Anyone else with the same primitive reactions as mine?
     
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    Hi Gym!

    I found it somewhat confusing in the
    beginning also but their reasoning is
    they want to look at a female pic
    when they are reading on they board.

    I really think men should post masculine
    avis...much better for we females on
    the board. :wink:
     
  3. D_alex8

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    I confess to having thought, during my first couple of days on the site, that Matthew was a black drag queen when he used to have his Aretha avatar up. :rolleyes:
     
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    No I agree gym brat, sticking with your own gender in avatars is a good idea.
    But we always have the profiles to double check. :biggrin1:
     
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    He's not? I'm crushed!
     
  6. Matthew

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    In my heart I am ... doesn't that count for something???



    Interesting topic, because I wonder if people respond to me differently with a "masculine" vs. "feminine" avatar.

    (Which only makes me want to keep yanking the chain. :wink:)
     
  7. D_Humper E Bogart

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    I just have that avatar because I'm lazy and can't find my woodlouse one. Oh, and because it suits my frame of mind.
     
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    "Woodlouse"...I love it!!!! :tongue:
     
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    I like my tiger. I think he's a he; males have a ruff around the back of their head. If he's not, then I apolgize for misleading you Gym.
     
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    well, i really am frederick douglas.

    matthew has a point, i wonder how many people resond differently to others depending upon their avatar selection
     
  11. windtalkerways

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    I love that avi, Gonnie...:smile:

    Another thing that people
    sometimes do is changing
    theirs.It's supposed to identify
    the poster at a glance.
     
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    Oh for the days when all the men had their cock shots as their avatars. Sigh.
     
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    I tried my best to pick a girly avatar and user name,because at heart I'm an extremly feminine girl,but it's a free country,I guess anyone could be whatever they want to be,but things would be less confusing
     
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    Pay no attention to my lisp and the lacy collar.

    I'm all guy.

    Really.
     
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    Glad I missed that Lex!

    Too funny, Pecky! :biggrin1:
     
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    LOL I did too! I was like, "Damn'! She's really workin' it. She looks just like Aretha!"
     
  17. dong20

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    I don't yet have an avatar so does than make me androgynous or a hermaphrodite?...or most likely for me just plain lazy? :confused:
     
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    Sorry my avatar confused you gym :D
     
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    I too apologize for any confusion my avatar may cause. I picked it because I like it. That's all. At the same time though, my stats below the av. say i'm male, as my gallery more or less shows as well, if someone wants to take it that far. But I understand.
     
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    My avatar is exactly who I am. Thank goodness for my beard, without it I Look like a girl.:cool:
     
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