Shortly after my last post I left that place and never looked back...
Almost 5 years have passed since getting on that makeshift salvage boat in the North Yard, must've been on that floating plank longer than a week before running into an old friend. After hopping from place to place in an attempt to get some footing we stumbled upon a small island called Excalibur Serendipity. We playfully named it Dystopia because of the shape it was in when we first arrived. It had such potential that we stayed for the long haul, people joined and set up shop, eventually we took over the whole region, we're still here.
3 years later I realized that in my roller coaster of emotions and adventures I've forgotten to write, or maybe I've been writing on tiny napkins stuffed into bottles set out to sea in hopes that someone would find and read them. During that time friends have come and gone, tides have swept the slums away and brought us the Yards.
Nothing is permanent in an ever changing world - even at the end of it... or is this just yet another beginning?
Flit scribbles in a tattered notepad, it's stained from tears and wounds and is filled with useless scribbles documenting in an attempt to hold onto Humanity.
'There used to be flying food you could hunt here, you could watch them circle and find where the wallets were. Mainlanders never were very good at stayin alive long.
I remember roasting the legs - the buzzards, not the Outlanders - on a fuel can, late at night in the junkyard tunnels. Those are all caved in now, cept a few pockets.
I'll starve here. I need protein, can't live off fuckin grubs...'
Her pen leaves the paper momentarily and plays about her lips. She butts out her soggy make-shift cigarette by dropping it and smearing her foot across the crumbling concrete letting some of the aggressive energy out. She pulls a lint battered grub from her pocket and tosses it into her mouth chewing twice. The consistency of the larvae is repugnant. She can't handle it and spits it out onto the pavement scoffing.
'I knew there was trouble when them vultures done flew off
...when the buzzards don't even come round no more.....
it's time to go.'
I'm conducting a gender experiment to see how Flit is received throughout SL, I've come to the conclusion that it depends on the individual, of course. Who does she attract most and in what form? I am compiling this information from Female Only Sims primarily for comparison
Because this phenomenon is so outside of my realm I'd like to dig deeper...
This demographic, even as large as it is - is so discriminated against! What we don't understand is why? Is the lesbian community so threatened by a male presence that they would turn on their own? Is this Trans-phobic? Are people so afraid to transition in reality that they must act it out virtually?
Organizations like Oh Boi Magazine had started an awareness campaign in the summer of 2011, through magazine articles, contests at clubs, including the demand for all strictly female Sims to go 'co-ed' began. Creating the need for above mentioned voice verification in places like Lesbian Paradise, who until this campaign begun was adamant about NO MALE AVATARS period. Although your Male avatar is allowed here (after a grueling process) you are not necessarily accepted, in fact your most likely to be ignored by most, or made to feel slightly unwelcome. I've definitely noticed a tear in community following this awareness campaign.
My observation is that most 'females' in places like LP were predominantly Males playing Female avatars looking for some girl on girl fantasy action. What is this demographic called? We would study them, but fear of being found out pushes these individuals so far into the back of the closet that we may never know. To my knowledge Trans-Women are not welcome in most and have their own clubs.
The only Sanctuaries for Bois previously were places like Greek Gold Lesbian Resort and Two of a Kind Dyke bar (now unfortunately closed). These Boi accepting clubs still had the mandatory rule of voice verifying Male avatars. This divide created a competition between the two top female only sims in SL, Lesbian Paradise and GGLR. You were always forced to choose. I usually steered clear of both - as my Boi friends were not accepted to one, and I couldn't handle the drama of the other.
Why are not all avatars entering these Sims voice verified?
This would ensure authenticity of being an actual ALL FEMALE SIM and alleviate all discrimination, and let us rest assured that we were all in 'good company'. Frankly the LGTB community in SL makes me sick. When you draw a line in the sand you leave us all standing outside.
Where is the love? Why is there such a strong divide in Secondlife? Is there a need for a inclusive environment where all queer natured people are welcome?
Does it exist? Can I come play?