Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Female pecking order and SL Forums
Anyone who has watched Bad Girls knows there is a female pecking order established in prison. This happens in male prisons as well, but its much simpler and tends to be just "punch, take smokes, prove coolness." In any social situation of 3 or more women, a pecking order is established. Its a completely retarded concept I tend to refuse to be in, so I tend to end up as "bottom feeder weirdo" for my lack of participation. Since I try to avoid other women like the plague to begin with, this rarely affects me. However, for the past...oh maybe 4 months or so..I have noticed whenever a new female poster comes around who does not play their cards like everyone else (Contribute to a thread somewhat intelligently or start a thread asking about something in a serious manner) they proceed to "battle" (read: needlessly flame) me or Susperia. No provocation, just flamewaring for the sake of flamewaring. I don't understand why this happens, other than just to establish the pecking order. The thing they never seem to realize is, and I can't speak for Susperia, but for the most part, I don't give a shit. I'll flamewar a bit for fun but its not like I'm holding some position as "top dog" and its not like I would care if someone else was. None of this shit really matters. I consider pecking order completely useless and more of a reason why I weep for my gender in RL, why the hell would I participate in it in SL? I may never understand why other women feel the need to do so in RL, but whats the point of doing it in SL? If you're "top dog" of the women in the forums, what can that get you? At some point it just seems like falling back on an old cliche to make women look bad to everyone else, even though those involved don't understand why. Its like eating bonbons or always watching soap operas....pecking order is silly, cliche, and useless. Especially on the internet.