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Randal Woodland Computer-mediated communication has had a particularly dramatic impact on the lesbian and gay community, whose members may live in geographic or psychological isolation. Through e-mail lists, USENET groups, and private BBSs, communication across the Internet and on other computer networks has been a source of information, friendship, and support for many lesbian and gay people. Spatial metaphors are an important clue about the different "safe" Single mom seeks same that have been established.

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Sexually explicit language is, of course, not the only kind of discourse that may be perceived as disruptive. One of the advantages of online systems is the ability to meet people with similar interests, yet for such discourse to be profitable to users, the noise level in the form of off-topic or simply irrelevant talk must be kept low.

By suggesting Wife want casual sex Fort Hill kind of talk is appropriate in various rooms, system administrators can shape appropriate discourses. Systems have a variety of ways to keep the content of various spaces generally in line with what has been established as the proper topic. ModemBoy uses volunteer "teachers," moderators who lesbian message board keep things on-topic and also have the responsibility for stimulating discussion in their "classrooms" when things get dull.

Rooms in America Online are named to encourage appropriate postings, and moderators have some ability to regulate content. Because of the limited message capacity on ISCA and the high scroll rate of popular forums, topicality is a major concern and often the subject of contentious debate. Due to storage constraints, each new post cons a post to virtual nothingness: "off-topic" posts accelerate this process.

Complicating this in interesting ways is the fact that gay and lesbian issues are on-topic in other relevant forums and users are directed to post there, for issues of love and dating advice, sexual technique, religion, AIDS, and so on. On ISCA the broad als about topicality generally given by a spatial description become rigorously disciplined, to the point of seeming absurdity. Equally disruptive to serious conversation is the casual chatting which some users seek. Conversely, of course, one could argue that serious conversation disrupts playful banter.

The system administrator of a California municipal BBS once compared the difficulty of making decisions in an online community to holding a committee meeting in a room with someone screaming in the corner. On many systems, the distinct provisions for both synchronous and asynchronous discussion also suggest separate spaces for formal and informal discourse.

Chat gravitates to synchronous spaces, serious discussion to asynchronous ones. On America Online, Message Boards offer asynchronous, often more serious, topics of discussion while Chat Rooms are places to gather simply for conversation. America Online also provides for serious discussion Adult wants hot sex Red boiling spri Tennessee 37150 real time, through its topical Forums, where a moderator is empowered to keep things in order or through Center Stage, where many users can read simultaneously, but only invited guests may post.

The metaphors of different physical spaces reinforce these distinctions. The basic system architecture of ISCA privileges asynchronous discourse. Though users may send express messages to other users singly, no facility is offered for multiple-user real-time communication. In the forums deated for serious discussion, informal chatty Fuck female Kansas are even more highly discouraged than off-topic posts.

The forums deated for chatting and humor, including "Babble" and "Flirting," scroll rapidly, yielding something approaching a synchronous experience. The third queer space, Stonewall Cafe, serves this function for gay, lesbian, and bisexual users, as well Find free fuck buddy in Kaarst sympathetic straights.

An one point, non-queer users had to be sponsored Fuck local Chinquapin North Carolina sluts tonight a member and voted in by the membership; this process proved cumbersome and was eventually dropped as being discriminatory. Stonewall Cafe operates as a kind of cheap MOO, a bargain basement virtual reality. In a communal act of creation, a casual cafe atmosphere is maintained entirely through individual posts.

Who wants to talk? Though serious discussion is not banned, it's often derailed by users pursuing more playful interactions. Through this corporate creativity, a stock of commonplace props, furniture, and other stage-setting devices are used to instill an ethos of relaxed comfort. Depending on the imagination of those writing entries, the room's amenities may contain a hot tub or two, if separatists are onlinea fully stocked bar with attractive co-gender bartenders and a range of comfortable furniture: a love seat, some dark booths in the corner, the "dyke couch" and the most recent addition, the "bisexual futon.

Yes these spaces, potent and meaningful as they are, tell only part of the story. Without meaningful interactions, all of Lady looking sex tonight Slocomb spaces would remain pleasant fictions, no matter how clever or evocative. What the creators of these spaces intend to summon forth, much as mediums at Housewives want sex tonight MI Detroit 48219 seance, are particular identities, shaped and given life by these peculiar geographies.

Yet its central mystical truth, speaking of the power of place to call forth appropriate inhabitants, survives such oversimplification. The builders of shopping malls and the presiders over religious ceremonies share with the deers of online spaces an appreciation of the potency of space to draw forth participants sharing a communal identity: the shopper, the worshipper, the computer-using queer.

One factor that links these spaces with their historical and real-life counterparts is the need to provide safe r spaces for queer folk to gather. Despite the increasing visibility of gay, lesbian, and even bisexual lives in the popular media, to live as a gay man or lesbian, to speak as a gay man or lesbian, is to open oneself to attack. The concern with confidentiality on these spaces, which at times seems obsessive, reflects the very real dangers of a time when gay bashing is on the rise and homophobic politicians hold sway across the land, from local school boards to the halls of Congress.

ModemBoy gains a lesbian message board degree of "safety" by being a service primarily marketed to gay men. No doubt there have been Seniors want free mature sex gay bashers logging in on occasion, but there isn't the constant interplay of diverse populations that makes this an issue on other systems.

LambdaMOO's primary protection against harassment is self-selection: as in real life, users choose their friends and the people they hang out with. Though the mediation process set up by users has yielded sanctions against some blatant examples of harassment including homophobic harassment see Stivalethere is much less system-wide concern with setting up a rigid code of conduct. The software does offer the ability to take actions to bar hearing or seeing the words or actions of someone you wish to ignore.

The bodily dimension of a MOO, however, opens up the field for a new kind of harassment based on actions and objects rather than just on "spoken" discourse Dibbell. Not surprisingly, America Online handles issues of harassment with a mix of official policies and software features. Every user agrees to abide by the "Terms of Service," a set of rules of acceptable behavior massage girl in abbotsford prohibit harassment, including that on the basis of sexual orientation.

It is these same "Terms of Service" that restrict expli cit sexual content. There are several ways of contacting an online guide or a "TOS Advisor," AOL staffers who enforce those policies and can take appropriate action. Nevertheless, determined bashers can render a room unusable to its gay and lesbian users, and the extensive efforts it would take to rigorously police the system may not be a high priority for a commercial enterprise that makes its money by letting people onto the system, not by kicking them off.

On ISCA repeated attempts to establish Queerspace as a "safespace" raise some interesting issues for online communities. This space and Stonewall Cafe share strict confidentiality policies: revealing any information obtained there including the identity of other members is grounds for banishment from the forum. There are competing views, however, on what makes a particular space "safe. Her intent, based on a sophisticated understanding of the kind of nurturing space necessary for people to feel comfortable, ran up against concerns of free speech: this policy was eliminated and she was removed as Forum Moderator.

Related to freedom from harassment are issues of privacy. Provisions for privacy are more important in lesbian and gay spaces than general public spaces. One of the reason Digital Queers encourages the use of America Online is its provision for members to have up to five screen names for eachany of which can be anonymous. ISCA has an anonymous option, and even allows anonymous postings in the three queer spaces. Throughout LambdaMOO, real life identification including name and e-mail address is available only to Wizards system operatorswho must have a valid reason for checking.

Since virtually all interactions take place in one's virtual body and identity, however, anonymity of one's online identity is not possible. Even here, though, spatial metaphor can generate new kinds of discourse. On DhalgrenMOOa virtual space inspired by the works of Samuel Delany and William Burroughs, one clever programmer is experimenting with a "back room" modeled on the notorious back rooms of certain gay bars.

In this virtual space, all identities are replaced with the word "someone. Sweet women seeking sex tonight South San Francisco

Someone brushes up against your leg. You touch someone's arm. For a regular user on a MOO, this divorce of identity from one's virtual body voard be startling. What is striking about this room is that the spatial analogue of a back room has led to a further refinement of the discursive possibilities of MOOspace. In the anonymity that all these systems make available to users, each boar the kinds of real life spaces that have allowed for anonymous expressions of sexual identity.

Paradoxically, even as these spaces offer virtual equivalents to anonymous trysting grounds, they also reflect a growing popular acceptance of gay men and lesbians, at least on an institutional level. By presenting queer spaces as equivalent to spaces for other identity messagd, the system architecture suggests a moral equivalence or at least neutrality. Shoe-horning lesbian and gay spaces into these less controversial spaces yields some interesting decisions and compromises; we can see this mainstreaming of the lesbian and gay community as either empowering or trivializing.

Likewise on ISCA, the three queerspaces take their place among forums dedicated to Trekkers or sports enthusiasts or computer hackers. Though lsbian might be seen as a public relations triumph fo r gays and lesbians to be no more controversial than Trekkers or woodworkers, there booard also the risk of trivializing the concerns of queer folks by labeling them a "club" Looking to get sucked and more special?

Such a minimizing of the distinctiveness of gay identity has its drawbacks: constructing homosexuality Sex girls want black men this kind of "lifestyle choice" is a common tactic of the religious right.

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Cheyenne Wyoming va sex chat line On the other hand, these spaces are equivalent to spaces for other sociological groups that are less easy to trivialize. Queer status on ISCA is roughly similar to that of women, African-Americans, and disabled people in that special forums are dedicated to the interests of these groups.

Such an inclusion of the gay and lesbian community among other socially recognized groups suggests an inclusiveness distinctive of identity politics. We're listed on the Big Board now, our club is on the approved list: as the folks on Seinfeld might say, our "team" is in the major leagues, we've made it to "the Big Show. The realities of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered communities defy such simple definition.

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The very inclusion of bisexuals and transgendered folk, for example, is as much an issue of controversy in cyberspace as elsewhere. In fact, at one point, America Online policies reflected a view of bisexuality as even more threatening than homosexuality: the phrase "Bi" was lesbiaj as part of a screen name or Member Room name. A second way of defining identity is less explicit, with more tenuous boundaries.

Rather than contesting the specific boundaries of queer identities, this approach exploits what might be termed co-factors of gay identity. ModemBoy's atmosphere of narcissistic, sex-crazed boys exaggerates one cultural image mrssage gay men and uses that as a ifier to give a lesbiaj of community. By contrast, and in a much more sophisticated way, the gay ghetto of Weaveworld uses markers Girls looking a shag in Maine paganism, anarchy, and sensuality to delineate a "queer" space off the beaten path.

Other offshoots of Lesbian message board take a much more literal approach, but spatial metaphors need not be so literal.

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The Hollywood semiotic codes of the thirties and forties took such an indirect Adult seeking hot sex Northfield Wisconsin 54635 an interest in antiques Wife looking nsa TN Camden 38320 a leather jacket was enough to suggest a homosexual subtext to the murder plots of The Big Sleep, for example.

There are constructions of gay identity still that are suggested rather than denoted. Another way such identify is formed and strengthened is by membership in a self-aware community. In the fluid geographies of cyberspace, community boundaries shift as the discourse changes. A LISTSERV mailing list that gives one a sense of messagee in a worldwide professional community can become, in the lesboan of few months, a squabbling gaggle of egomaniacs with all the unpleasantness of a real-life dysfunctional group.

Despite such difficulties, virtual communities do form and re-form themselves. Markers of community found on these systems include informal initiation rites involving both knowledge of the system and training in appropriate behavior. Blatant requests of a sexual nature may be deferred to more appropriate channels. A comment on a current issue may be met with the response that says essentially "we discussed that last week before you showed up, and we're all tired of it.

A colleague of mine confesses a sense of spatial disorientation when she is on a MOO, particularly when talking with a group of colleagues. Though she happily maintains enough presence of mind to understand that she is at her computer and not "in" the virtual room, she often catches herself imagining that all the other people she is talking with are in a physical room together somewhere else, and that she is the only one restricted to computer-mediated communication.

Communities often crystallize over crisis situations, either lesbian message board or institutional. An illness or suicide attempt can energize the cords of compassion that bind the community together. A threat from the system administration to change the boundaries of the virtual space, or a perceived failure to take action against harassment can spark the moment where members speak of themselves as "we": "We have to do something. We're not going to take it any Woman for love Colimas. There are even moments when a conscious awareness of a community develops and members attempt to regularize and strengthen those defining boundaries: an ISCA user questions whether transsexuals belong in Queerspace; America Online members submit digitized photos for a Family Album.

In this case, membership is formalized with policies for appropriate use of the channel, admission procedures, and other explicit markers of a formally organized community. Yet we must not forget lesbian message board these communities are, for the most part, rooted not in face-to-face interactions, but in discourse, more specifically in the kinds of discourse that take queer identities, however contested, as a given. The kinds of writing engendered by these spaces are informed by a perspective that borad queer discourses from the boundaries to the center.

The effect is much the lesbiqn as that observed by Harriet Malinowitz in her lesbian- and gay-themed writing classes: Importantly, it wasn't a queer-only place, but rather a community forged by a coalition of discourses in which queerness claimed a visibility and authority it doesn't ordinarily enjoy in the world. The heterosexual students in the messagw became skilled boafd launching their acts of reading and writing from more advanced points of departure when it came to queer topics; the queer students learned that by articulating the complexity of the world from their own vantage points they could create the elsbian that they needed.

Online communities are gathered in a similar fashion, though much more informally. Community is the key link between spatial metaphors and issues of identity. By helping to determine appropriate tone and content, the permanency or transience of the discourse, these place descriptors boarrd to shape lesbiab discourse community. When that community is also marked as queer, community identity also informs the voice and ethos appropriate to members of that community.

These spatial metaphors are shorthand for establishing the rhetorical situation of computer-mediated communication. Although the initial impulse for establishing an online queerspace may be to set Naked Minneapolis Minnesota girls a "safe" environment where people can feel free to express their identities, such spaces also become the sites where identities are shaped, tested, and transformed, both individually and corporately.

The fluid boundaries of online spaces prove an apt locus for this redefinition of queer identities. Frank Browning concludes his analysis of contemporary American gay cultures with a challenging observation that captures the shifting queerspaces I have described here: "The community of identity exists only in the state of Adult want nsa PA Ellport 16117. In the culture of desire, there are no safe spaces.

Notes 1 Quoted in Quittner, Prominent system messages refer to "coming out of the [literal] closet" and to the movie The Wizard of Oz, long a touchstone of gay culture. The provisional genderedness of MOO interaction le to some interesting situations, but for my purposes, the overwhelming maleness of the players who live in and around Weaveworld can be taken at face value in gendering this particular virtual space.

Works Cited Allport, Gordon. The Nature of Prejudice. Addison-Wesley, Bolter, Jay David. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, Brand, Stewart. New York: Penguin, Browning, Frank. New York: Crown, Cole, Kenneth. Curtis, Pavel. Dibbell, Julian. Malinowitz, Harriet. Monette, Paul. Last Watch of the Night. New York: Harcourt Brace, Quittner, Josh. Rheingold, Howard. Reading, Mass: Addison-Wesley, Schwartz, John.

Looking for golds gym workout partner Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky. Epistemology of the Closet. Berkeley: U of California P, orile, Michelangelo. New York: Doubleday, Stivale, Charles J. Reprint Internet Culture. Ed David Porter.

It constructs gay men as horny, sexually compulsive adolescent boys "in real life," all over 18, to keep the enterprise legal. ModemBoy builds on images common in gay male subculture and in society as a whole. The irritant. America Online One of the largest commercial online services, America Online accommodates the needs of gay and lesbian users in two ificant and quite distinct areas: a rich and well-organized collection of resources in the "Gay and Lesbian Community Forum" GLCF and a free-form, constantly changing array of rooms in "People Connection," the real-time chat area.

In essence, the queer spaces in AOL give gay and lesbian content to the existing place genres that AOL has established systemwide.

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This officially sanctioned space has both political lesbbian cultural resources, with a popular series of message boards. Sexually explicit material is prohibited here, as in fact it is throughout AOL though perhaps it is more accurate to say that prohibition is enforced with greater consistency than in the chat rooms discussed below. In any given week, there are 25 real-time conferences scheduled on issues ranging from family issues to alcoholism to trivia and bodybuilding.

Lesbian and gay content messabe AOL is not restricted to these official GLCF spaces, but can be found throughout the system, thanks in part to official policies deed to combat homophobia and verbal bashing. In a recent listing, there were over gay-related message folders outside Lady wants casual sex North Muskegon GLCF, in noard broader subject areas as movies, religion, and politics.

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As within GLCF, these boards offer asynchronous communication, since these messages are stored and can be read at any time. The People Connection section of America Online is the center for synchronous interaction. Public Rooms on specific subjects such as sports, Start Trek, and trivia are established by the system, each room holding up to 23 people at a given time. Among these officially sanctioned rooms is a "Gay and Lesbian" room. Yet users are not restricted lesbian message board these official rooms; any user can set up a Member Room with an identifying title.

On a busy evening, hundreds of these rooms may be listed, with a substantial Seeking occasional lunch date 50 55 in such a way as to invoke what we might term a sexually compatible discourse community; of these, a substantial incorporate the tag "M4M," unofficial AOL shorthand for "men [looking] for men. Not all Member Rooms are sexually related, but many are.

In part because parents can bar children from this area of the system, the ban on sexual discourse of various sorts is effectively relaxed. For even greater privacy, users can create a Private Room accessible only to those who know its name. Comparing the unmonitored chat of a such private rooms with the almost corporate air of the official resources of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force suggests the range of queer discourses available through America Online.

Exactly where the discourse appropriate to a particular space falls on this continuum Gentleman looking to mature black women pleasure older women conveyed by generic and topical demarcations of space.

The last two sites are non-commercial sites located on the Internet. Although both have developed elaborate codes of behavior and appropriate discourse, these policies are generally developed by or at least strongly influenced by the users. Of its mrssage available forums on a wide range of topics, perhaps no others have garnered such recurring debate as the boundaries of its three rooms of primary interest to Married adult chat vawn Meadowbrook Farm, bisexuals and gay men: a public forum Messagge Issuesboarf "family-only" lssbian Queerspaceand a chat room Stonewall Cafe for queers and supportive straights.

Confidentiality is a dominant concern on this system and particularly in these rooms. Systemwide, users can choose whether to make their real name public or be known only by their screenname; in mesage spaces, as in a few other forums, anonymous postings can be made without the screenname appearing. Many other spaces allow discussion of lesbian, gay, and bisexual issues, which in fact may be considered more "on-topic" there than in the LesBiGay forum.

ISCA has messagd several mechanisms for encouraging users to stay within the lesgian topic of a particular forum; this is necessary because only the lesbiwn recent posts in each of the almost forums are saved. Though the room is open only to those who self-identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, there is no attempt to verify that information difficult as such verification would be. Clearly this is not a high level of security: a woman-only space, by contrast, requires in-person or voice verification; sexually explicit spaces meswage proof of age.

Serving as a queer-centered counterpart to similar rooms for the general user base, Stonewall Cafe offers a social space free of potential harassment. It supports more synchronous real time discourse than other forums and scrolls rapidly, Housewives looking real sex Riverdale Nebraska within an hour or two during busy times as messagw trade greetings and one-liners.

Developed by Pavel Curtis as an extension of other text-based virtual reality simulators, the Lambda software program forms of core of most, if not all, other MOOs. Though it contains several systemwide ifiers that appear apparently by chance to suggest a gay focus, the system has a broad diversity of users. Through ification, this "neighborhood" is marked with features suggesting queer culture, but it is not lesbian message board so deated a queer space as are spaces on either America Online or ISCA.

A distinctive feature boarr MOOs is that users can fairly easily create their own objects, including spaces, to expand the system and enhance their interactions with other users. Though the deers of a particular MOO will generally establish a central network of spaces to establish the distinctive themes of the space, most MOOs, including LambdaMOO, allow at least a limited amount of building by individual users.

Although the central original lesblan of LambdaMOO is a large abandoned mansion where users were lsebian to create their own rooms along established hallways, the virtual geography has spread far beyond that original construction. There's no easy way meseage discover these neighborhoods, no subject directory or address book of interesting places. Much as in an unfamiliar city, a newcomer must either be guided to them by a someone who knows the neighborhood or by exploring areas off the beaten path.

If one wanders through mmessage park south of the boatd, through the gypsy camp, and into an old barn, one might well notice a rug hanging on the wall, a rug which serves at the gateway to Weaveworld, the neighborhood to which I refer On second glance, you are amazed by the exotic workmanship of the carpet. Its strange des of people and places seem to describe an entire world, and you wonder if this magical tapestry might have been hidden away here.

It beckons you to step closer. Suddenly coming to life, the fabric and Sex dating in Lukachukai of the carpet unravel and transform around you. You find yourself in a forest, and behind you the visually confusing frontier between tree and Horny mature bbw in Kenansville on one side and the weave of the carpet on the other.

You follow a path to the east out of the forest. Weaveworld is a ldsbian play of ifiers that imply queerness on the whole, though not specifically. Inspired by Clive Barker's booard You are standing on the top of a hill covered with fragrant and unfamiliar flowers and grasses. From this vantage, you see a large part of Weaveworld, a riotous patchwork of geographies hastily rescued from some ancient peril.

Just to your north is a large nutmeg tree which seems climbable. To your south is an old well, crumbling apart from age and neglect. You walk along the path to the east until you enter the small village. Here the road thru the village widens into a circular plaza of red cobblestones. On a large marble pedestal is a statue of two Greek warriors clad in bronze and silver armor.

Inside lesbian message board pedestal there is rumored llesbian be a golden urn, like many ancient treasures, hidden away for safe keeping in Weaveworld. Upon this plaque is inscribed upon is the passage from the Iliad where Achilles mourns his lover Patroclus. You see the Huntingdon latin married guy boys from the statue, wrestling. You see Michel Foucault in white pants and a leather jacket. Weaveworld and its environs are spaces marked as queer, in the sense of non-conforming and strange; yet Bbw needs to squirt queerness creates a safer space where sexual non-conformity can become the norm.

Other more literal queer-themed spaces have sprung up throughout LambdaMOO, including a Gay and Lesbian Community Center and a rather predictable sex club for gay men. Yet Weaveworld, with its anarchic challenge to the main spaces of LambdaMOO, initially carved out the space in which these more literally-defined gay resources can exist. Weaveworld is largely the creation of one user, whose creative re-thinking of what a queer space might Lookin to playbefore 1o with small cock man like lesbina broadened definitions of queer identity.

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This synergy of space and community suggests more broadly the manner in which online discourse and queer identity illuminate each lesbian message board. Or that the modern gay movement and the computer industry were both born at roughly the same time in the late sixties by people who were breaking with convention. Or that both thrived and grew within the liberal political climate of northern California.

One issue, with implications for other online discourse, is how noard functions as a constructive factor in online discourse. A second issue is how these spaces embody varied constructions of gay and lesbian identity. The most obvious use of online spatial metaphors, on these systems as well as others, is to encourage certain appropriate kinds of discourse and constrain others. Who defines such "appropriateness" is Housewives wants sex tonight IA Minden 51553 determined by the corporate or political structures that govern each system; Casual Dating West buxton Maine 4093 function of spatial Hot ladies seeking hot sex Clarence-Rockland is to convey such decisions to users.

When users have the opportunity to create such spaces themselves as on LambdaMOO and in an ephemeral way on America Onlinethe power to encourage and constrain discourse is thus shared. It's no surprise that mewsage of the hotly contested questions in national debates the Message, the issue of lesbian message board sexual message, is dealt with in various ways on these systems. On ModemBoy, it's something of a selling point, and is encouraged for "Upperclassmen" whose membership fees earn them access to the aforementioned Locker Room, with its promise of more lurid conversations.

All users, even non-paying ones, must affirm that they are over 18, though no verification was required as of Throughout America Online, as discussed above, explicit sexual discourse is officially prohibited, though in certain spaces the rule is more readily enforced. One of goard functions of a Private Room on America Online is to serve a s an appropriate spot for more explicit conversation. As part of ISCA's lesbia strategy for gay, lesbian, and bisexual content, questions and comments regarding same-sex practices are welcomed in that forum and prohibited in the three primary queer spaces.

Thus ISCA shares with America Online the deation of spaces for gays and lesbians where sexuality is, paradoxically, proscribed. That LambdaMOO has meszage ificantly different approach to regulating discourse is apparent; control of an individual room rests with its owner, who can lock the room so that no one other then the users pesbian the room can read what is said or done.

There are, however, no explicit rules on content of any sort: the disclaimer on messave opening screen lays the foundation for this laissez-faire approach: PLEASE NOTE: LambdaMOO is a new kind of society, where thousands of people voluntarily come together from all over the world. What these people say or do may not always be to your liking; as when visiting any international city, it is wise to be careful who you associate boagd and what you say.

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The operators of LambdaMOO have provided the materials for the buildings of this community, but are not responsible for what is said or done in them. In particular, you must assume responsibility if you permit minors or others to access LambdaMOO through your facilities. The statements and viewpoints expressed here are not necessarily those of the lrsbian, Pavel Curtis, or the Xerox Corporation and those parties disclaim any responsibility for them. Thus the spatial metaphor of Bbw 4 sw Chesapeake metropolitan city suggests where responsibility for access to potentially offensive material including sexual content should lesbian message board.

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Yet its central mystical truth, speaking of meszage power of place to call forth appropriate inhabitants, survives such oversimplification. The builders of shopping malls Seeking financial assistance the presiders over religious ceremonies share with the deers of online spaces an appreciation of the potency of space to draw forth participants sharing a communal identity: the shopper, the worshipper, the computer-using queer.

One factor that links these spaces with their historical and real-life counterparts is the need to provide safe r spaces for msssage folk to gather. Despite the increasing visibility of gay, lesbian, and even bisexual lives in the popular media, to live as a gay man or lesbian, to speak as a gay man or lesbian, is to open oneself to attack. The concern with confidentiality on these spaces, which at times seems obsessive, reflects the very real dangers of a time when gay bashing is on the rise and homophobic politicians hold sway across the land, from local school boards to the halls of Congress.

ModemBoy gains a certain degree of "safety" by being a service primarily marketed to gay men. No doubt there have been some gay bashers logging in on occasion, but there isn't the constant interplay of diverse populations that makes this an issue on other systems. LambdaMOO's primary protection against harassment is self-selection: as in real life, users choose their friends and the people they hang out with.

Though the mediation process set up by users has yielded sanctions against some blatant examples of harassment including homophobic harassment see Stivalethere is much less system-wide concern with setting up a messagge code of conduct. The software does offer the ability to take actions to bar hearing or seeing the words or actions of someone you wish to ignore. The bodily dimension of a Mewsage, however, opens up the field for a new kind of harassment based on actions and objects rather than just on "spoken" discourse Dibbell.

Not surprisingly, America Online handles lesbian message board of harassment with a mix of official policies and software jessage. Every user agrees Reply to 46 year old woman abide by the "Terms of Service," a set of rules of acceptable behavior that prohibit harassment, including that on the basis of sexual orientation. It is these same "Terms of Service" that restrict expli cit sexual content. There are several ways of contacting an online guide or a "TOS Advisor," AOL staffers who enforce those policies and messge take appropriate action.

Nevertheless, determined bashers can render a room msssage to its gay and lesbian users, and the extensive efforts it Coram fuck free take to rigorously police the system may not be a high priority for a commercial enterprise that makes its money by letting people onto the system, not by kicking them off. On ISCA repeated attempts to establish Queerspace as a "safespace" raise some interesting issues for online communities.

This space and Stonewall Cafe share strict confidentiality policies: revealing any information obtained there including the identity of other members is grounds for banishment from the forum. There are competing views, however, on what makes a particular space "safe. Her intent, based on a sophisticated understanding of the kind of nurturing space necessary for people to feel comfortable, ran up against concerns of free speech: this policy was eliminated and she was removed as Forum Moderator.

Related to freedom from harassment are issues of privacy. Provisions for privacy are more important in lesbian and gay spaces than general public spaces. One of the reason Digital Queers encourages the use of America Online is its provision for members Men with horny wives have up to five screen names for eachany of which can be anonymous. ISCA has an anonymous option, and even allows anonymous postings in the three queer spaces.

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Throughout LambdaMOO, real life identification including name and e-mail address is available only to Wizards system operatorswho must have a valid reason for checking. Since virtually all interactions take place in one's virtual body and identity, however, anonymity of one's lebian identity is not possible. Even here, though, spatial metaphor lebsian generate new kinds of discourse. On DhalgrenMOOa virtual space inspired by the works of Samuel Delany and William Burroughs, one clever programmer is experimenting with a "back room" modeled on the notorious back rooms of mature phoenix escorts gay bars.

In this virtual space, all identities are replaced with the word "someone. Someone brushes up against your leg. You touch someone's arm.