On Second Life Arts & Total Entertainment Slatenight: Fantasies of Femininity
http://www.slatenight.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=82&Itemid=40".Avatars, Power and the Ethics of Freedom in Second Life
And now for my commentary:
I'm transgendered, some might call me a pre-anything transsexual, some might call me a crossdresser, but I always use transgendered.
I have two regular usernames I use, habit I adopted back in the days when I called myself a crossdresser. I had one (CronoCloud) that I used for general stuff and geeky stuff and another (VeronicaMoonlit visit my little webpage I set up to replace my old tripod site) I used just for transgender related things. I joined SL to take part in a vodcast related chat. To the vodcast fans, I'm CronoCloud. So that's the name I used when I joined and I chose a male avatar so as not to out myself.
And then I found out about the fashion stuff. And as I said in previous blog posts, once I found out about that, I wanted a pretty avatar too. One that felt "right" on that was really "me"
So I changed to a female avatar, and that's what I've been using ever since. I also decided to go ahead an announce my transgenderedness in my avatar's profile. It's right in the first line.
I try to convey a certain tone in my avatar's look, classy, sophisticated and appropriately sexy.I guess you might call my avatar a "lady". That's how I envision her, and I guess thats kind of what I want to be, even though it's not likely to happen in RL due to family and financial issues. Most of the things my avatar has worn, I would wear in RL, if I had her perfect figure of course. I often wear a similar haircolor, browns with a touch of red. My eyes are dark brown instead of that green. My avatar sometimes wears glasses because I do in RL. She's me, if I was a supermodel. :-)
I don't go for "hoochie clothes", I tend to wear business wear and simple dresses:
linen suit from Pixel Dolls:
Houndstooth suit from OPIUM with a new briefcase from Odds & Ends
Second Life is special to me, it appeals to my fashionista nature and to my transgendered nature.
I have read Naomi Wolf's "The Beauty Myth" so I do understand the social-cultural implications of what I have my avatar wear. But in the end, I guess it comes down to, deep inside I want to be pretty. and since that's not going to happen in RL even if I was to transition, it gets to happen in SL And it's kind of like those times whn I was young, that I was able to play with my sister's Barbies without anyone else knowing.
I might add more to this post as I think of it, I'll link back to it if that happens.