Bruckman, Amy S.
Gender Swapping on the Internet
In text-based virtual reality environments on the Internet called MUDs, it is
possible to pretend to be the opposite gender. In these virtual worlds, the
way gender structures basic human interaction is often noticed and reflected
upon. This paper introduces MUDs, and then presents a community discussion
about gender issues that MUDs inspired. Gender swapping is one example of
ways in which network technology can impact not just work practice but also
culture and values.