Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Silence of Winter

The winter season sets in after the Thanksgiving holiday. It's not the Christmas cheer that magically appears everywhere. It's the snow and the chill and the cloudy days. It's also the feel of solitude looking out the window when there's snow outside and a pile of blankets inside. That quiet feeling is so calming.

Fast forward to a virtual world and winter is available all year round. Most sims add winter elements to their design, though it rarely rivals the dedicated winter sims. It's pretty easy to find a remote corner with some snow to think in, even in high summer. That kind of place to think is very helpful in a frenzied virtual world.

Photo references:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Skin: Mangomoon Kensi
Ears: Mandala Skeking
Eyes: Fate
Makeup: Sn@tch Underworld
Hair: Lamb. Only You
Clothing: Foxes Foxy Jacket & Bra, Paper.Arrow Cuffed Trousers, Kisetsu - Omamori Necklace, Essenz Barranquilla
Sim: Winter Trace

Monday, November 14, 2016

See Her

I think many people forget that behind the demands for healthcare, fair pay, and control over her own body is a living breathing person. She's got thoughts, dreams, and visions, same as anyone else. She's also known systemic suppression of her autonomy, figuring out how to be non threatening, and ignored more than one case of sexual harassment in all likelihood. There's no reason for all the stuff that gets thrown at women for wanting anything about her body to be her decision.

Virtual worlds are weird. There's no particular accountability at all, anyone can sign up for an account without providing identification. Consequently, no one can determine who exactly to punish for sexual harassment, griefing, and other nasty things. So in worlds where women have amazing opportunities to talk with like minds and find things, we find the same things that greet us in the real world at times.

Photo references:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Skin: .:Soul:. Ranitomeya - Wild
Ears: Mandala Skeking
Eyes: FATEeyes
Makeup: Sn@tch Underworld
Hair: Magika Out Of Breath
Clothing: Perch Bridgette Dress, [Fetch] Wayward necklace
Sim: Take Heart
Pose: Exposeur Spring Singles