So there’s been quite a buzz today about Anya Ohmai’s exclusive Collabor88 fox scarf. Personally, I think it’s adorable and I snatched it up the moment I saw it, but it turns out there are some people out there in the metaverse who feel that this sort of item, bought and sold in Second Life, promotes animal cruelty (and somehow racism) in our real lives. Generally speaking, SL drama doesn’t touch me, aside from the chuckles I get when reading my Plurk timeline. But this topic struck me… differently today. (Don’t get me wrong, I think this is the most ridiculous thing to be upset about and I’m rolling my eyes pretty hard at the people complaining about it, but it did get me thinking.)
How far will I take my RL views into SL? I’ve evolved to a place in my second life that Chloe is pretty much me. Chloe dresses like me, she’s as antisocial as I am, her wit is dry enough that most people don’t get her quiet jokes, she remains aloof and scoffs at the masses, but secretly envies those who seem to have a network of friends around them. My RL info in my SL profile states: To say that RL and SL don’t mix is a preposterous idea. My thoughts and my feelings are all real behind the pixels. I care about the people in my SL and yeah, of course they affect my RL mood and thoughts. But where does one cross that line? You’re an animal activist in RL, so you won’t wear, and protest against, a digital fox scarf? If you’re that dedicated, then I either admire your passion or am saddened by your ignorance. I know, I know, harsh right? But I’m comfortable saying that. To you, to the interwebz, to anyone. Because that’s part of who I am in RL and SL. I try to remember my mantra of “Honest but Gentle,” but it often gets pushed aside by my smart mouth and condescending tone. Anyway, I guess what I’m getting at is that I’m comfortable in my own skin and will be true to myself in pixels or in the flesh, but I know where the line exists between fantasy and reality.
So for tonight, I’ll pay homage to the poor, sweet arctic fox and his sacrifice for fashion. Comfortable as it is, I’m giving up my skin for him.
Skin | Nomine – Raw Skin
Stole | Ohmai for Collabor88 – A Lil’ Foxy (Arctic Fox)
Hair | Elikatira – Rhythm (Black 04)
Eyes | Vision – Eyes by A:S:S – Heterochromia Eyes (Blue)
Pose | Juxtapose – Brrrr… 5