Double Love

According to some people, I’m an “online crossdresser”, most likely because they don’t understand how Second Life works for those who are nonbinary (meaning, a gender identity which doesn’t fit with just “male” or “female”). If you want to understand a bit more, listen in on my story and see how this might stack up against your original opinion of nonbinary users in SL.

Back in 2003, I didn’t know what being genderfluid was. I do, however, remember making a beeline for the men’s section in a department store and buying slacks and oversized shirts to hide my figure. I had no idea why I was doing this. I was just doing it. Before I had a name for what I was, I did it and was happy, not caring about the weird looks other people in the store were giving me.

About ten years later, I began “masking” (as my people call it) for performance art and to play with gender again. I liked the way I felt when people said, “I can’t tell if you’re a man or a woman”. It made me feel powerful, like I had defied something and become a completely new person entirely. I took it and ran with it–it was my life, my rules, but those were not the things I practiced in SL yet. When a newspaper asked me to talk about my work, I talked about shifting genders when masking. I was proud of who I had become and you can find that article to this day. (more…)

We Need To Talk About Racism On The Grid

Note: Plurk images have been moved to a mirror blog.

The man in this picture could be anything. He’s got fair skin and light eyes. His long hair are put into braids, and his cheekbones are prominent. Even if he didn’t match the race you think I said he was, he is that because I deem him to be.

He is me–as a male, in the grid. I created him to be more creole-looking than my female counterpart, which I still think doesn’t look that Caucasian to me. Before I donned a mesh head with either gender identity, my avatar resembled my grandmother–a creole woman who would probably cut her hair short and dye it bright red if she were the age I am now.

Even if I change bits of myself in the game, I carry my heritage with me. I know other black users who along with me, mix and match hair, eye colors, and skin tones. We don’t do it to escape–but some black users do. I don’t fault them for it because I understand the grid isn’t very tolerant of us.

Second Life has been used as a means of escape for so many people. In the end, though, we’re just that–people. It’s inevitable that things like civil rights would rear their head here after a while. Especially when you get incidents of users being silenced when talking about racism. (more…)

Goodbye, Art Farm! Hello, Wanderlust!

One Last Look at Edie’s Art Farm from Veyot on Vimeo.

The project I mentioned participating in earlier this year, Art Farm, is now coming down so the sim can be handed off to the next LEA project. Although I joined this collaborative late in the game, I’ve had a ball and will miss our home terribly.

Here’s one last look at the sim and everything we created–thanks to Veyot Resident for recording it all! If you want to see more pictures of Art Farm through all of its semesters, click here.

Where will we go now? Some of the involved artists are taking a break from SL and will return later in the year. For some of us, though, we’re simply going to move to a new home. After a round of voting, we’ve decided to set up house on the same parcel where my mainstore is. I’ve cleared out a gallery space for art shows and have a bar set up for events. We’ll be teaching classes and hosting workshops there in the future. Anyone is welcome to join!

Please keep your eyes peeled on this blog for future announcements on workshops and classes. We hope to meet you!

Birthday

Birthday

It’s my birthday! I have successfully completed another orbit around the sun. Yesterday I was admittedly freaking out and wondering if I had accomplished enough this year. I may be lazy when it comes to other areas of my life, but art? I’m one of those overachiever kids who can’t get enough.

I’m at the Blithe sim today, which just opened yesterday for its new winter phase! Both of its sims have been turned into an icy wonderland. It’s absolutely beautiful, so you should definitely teleport there to take a look! It costs 250L to join the sim and access Blithe, but it’s very worth it.

I’m dressed in more amazing clothing from We <3 RP, which opens today! I feel so beautiful in this, like a goddess (feels like a theme this week). Zenith really outdid themselves with this dress and matching sleeves. And Enfant Terrible’s halo headpiece is amazing.

I still have more things to share, including furniture, so please keep your eyes peeled this weekend and next week!

Birthday

What I’m Wearing

Logo Alex Head
[ a.e.meth ] – Gemini Skin (Fair)
Enfant Terrible. Emma`s Halo Gold *
Enfant Terrible. Emma`s Veil Gold *
Zenith – Time Traveler Dress with Belt (Milk) *
Empyrean Forge – Archimedes Astrolabe Necklace *
Eudora – 3D Eos HeadPiece *
Exile – Songbird

* available at We <3 Roleplay!

Birds And Flowers

It Doesn't Interest Me

These beautiful head branches from Naminoke are amazing! The birds not only are animated on the branches, but they sing, too. You can turn their sounds on and off with a single click as well. This is yet another awesome product you can find at We <3 Roleplay beginning tomorrow.

And yet, still more products from this round I want to show off! Also, thank you to Torley for this photo’s background! If you visit his Flickr, he has lots of textures available for use. Check it out here and download some stuff!

For those who are curious, here’s a low-res gif of the Naminoke birds moving around on their branches:

When I was taking this picture, I teleported my boyfriend in and he walked past me until I spoke. Then he turned around in surprise and said, “Holy shit, I thought you were a painting!” Maybe I should do that as a prank. 😀

What I’m Wearing

Logo Alex Head
[ a.e.meth ] – Gemini Skin (Fair)
Naminoke – Fairy branch (Red) *
TKW (tukinyantoto) – Carole hair
The Sugar Garden – Luminate – Deep Blue Eyes
Axix – Wukong Mask [Old Silver]
PEQE – Royal Neck (Black)

*available at We <3 Roleplay

Taken at the LEA Art Farm photo studio.

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