Bae Kyun-Eun is Persia
"Bae plays a man because she thinks that male avatars have more charisma, she wants to 'project strength', and all the 'masters' in the game have male avatars.
Living in the skin of an avatar—looking out through its eyes and engaging with other beings, themselves avatars of flesh-and-blood individuals—can be an intense experience. Though in most worlds avatars don’t eat, sleep, or use the bathroom, serious relationships are formed—avatars adopt avatar children, numerous virtual-world relationships lead to real-world marriages—and land ownership sparks sometimes nasty disputes over property rights. Put it all together and you have an avatar that is "not a puppet but a projection" of some aspect of the creator’s self, says Philip Rosedale, founder and CEO of Linden Lab.
She says if she had to play the game alone she wouldn't bother.
Initially, she was attracted to it because she thought it looked beautiful, but the social element has become part of her life. Her guild meets up regularly."