My Second Life Body

By Chava Weissler

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), April 2009

Weissler writes about embodiment and body image in Second Life, a virtual Jewish community, where "Javatars" (Jewish avatars) from around the world regularly gather for Shabbat candle-lighting, Jewish study, Purim parties, and graphical Sukkah-building competitions. For some, she says, Second Life offers a greater range of possible embodiments than they can comfortably inhabit in real life. However, for the rest, especially women, the pressures to conform to well-known standards of appearance seem all too familiar.

Topic: Stereotypes, Body, Ritual, Gender, Culture, Internet, Jewish Identity, Technology, Women, Identity

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.39/no.659

Page Number(s): 8-9

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Weissler, Chava. My Second Life Body. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). April 2009: 8-9. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7383


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