A number of months ago, I wrote a blog post of what seemed to be in my opinion, fashion discrimination on what now has become a minority, and that is male fashion in secondlife –flashback here-. I made a few valid points on that post, but back in the day, we still had a few secluded areas to call our own while shopping, namely TMD among a very few others, so I dropped my two cents -like I always do- and moved on taking comfort in the solace that these provided for my increasingly frugal inworld shopping.
TMD (namely The Mens Department) became in its short existence a popular spot for women to go to and “find a good boyfriend”, due to its large affluence of male shoppers -which is not odd considering how much male traffic you would get and how very few other options there are out there with a similar premise-, but the owners of TMD slowly caved in and started including “Unisex” items with female models to cater to this audience.
What followed has me swearing not visit TMD again and hoping that someone else out there will come up with a similar place that will allow us to shop for fashion aimed and catered to us, without selling out in order to get more traffic and make more profit. Sometime around last night, after a long day at work, I decided to take one of my kids to shop for clothes in order to update his wardrobe, since he had been away from SL for a while. We proceeded to head over to TMD which is the first spot that comes to mind, due to the variety of choices offered.
Once we get there we find out it has been turned into this parade of gachas -for those unaware of the term, it’s a system on which content creators include a list of items with percentages at a very low price per entry, kind of like a lottery system and encourages you to buy and try until you end up getting the item you want-, so not only had TMD removed the thing that made them popular, you are now forced to try and get that piece of clothing or hair you crave through this system. Unisex has also taken over most of the shop and the lag was unbearable.
So they may be making a lot more money, but myself -among others- will be avoiding TMD from now on as it no longer lives up to the idea originally sold to us, a place FOR men to buy clothes without having to hop from store to store, where all of the latest trends are in a friendly and easy to browse build; there are simply NO CHOICES -we can thank GACHA for that-, it is mostly “Unisex” fashion now -although we all know this is translated to made for women but good for men too-, and the amount of lag had me actually wishing to do this on the marketplace instead.
Some females in SL have turned into that annoying little girlfriend we all had when we were 9 or 10, wanting to play with the boys and climb the trees and just hang and get pissy if we would not allow her to, this is a constant and a very graphic comparison to what happens in SL when it comes to fashion and inworld outlets, as soon as we have a space designated for just men, women pressure creators into including female fashion as well.
And no I am not discriminating women, if anything we are being discriminated against, being left with fewer and fewer spaces for us to shop at amidst an ever increasing female fashion market; it is funny how recently, when women speak up for these type of things occurring to them it is labelled as discrimination but when we speak up we are being machist douchebags, so think carefully on how bad the situation is on either end before you judge this post as discriminatory.
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