While recently writing about my online and social media lives, it occurred to me that I should bring up, in a separate post, another risk one encounters when venturing into the World Wide Whatever: Deception. Or, I’ll go ahead and say it, downright intentional fakery.
In the earlier of those two posts, I discussed my need to add a digital image of myself to my online accounts. Before buying a digital camera, I resorted to using an anonymous-looking cartoon avatar for my representation on Yahoo! The day I uploaded the very first digital image of myself en femme is an important day for me, as it confirmed to the world that, yes, Allison M. was and is a real, living, breathing human being. Sadly, the online crossdressing world is full of people who willfully misrepresent themselves. I’m not talking about people who fill their Flickr accounts with photos of beautiful women (trans or otherwise) and specifically say that they the types of women they admire and would love to emulate. No, I’m talking about people who’d post a photo of Cindy Crawford online and say they look exactly like her. Or someone who’d Photoshop their own face on the body of Cindy Crawford and claim it’s them. Or someone who’d not only do all of that or something similar but also fictionalize a backstory… all for the sake of deceiving others in the online world.