Prokofy Neva Posted March 13, 2020 Share Posted March 13, 2020 Do a search on Twitter with the term "Second Life". If this link doesn't work just go to twitter.com and type the term in yourself. And here's what you will find: Furries, furries, and MORE furries. And in fact some of the most graphic and grotesque furries you have ever seen, of the kind you actually never see out and about in Second Life. There are even clips of furries having graphic sex. Loads of them. Scads, droves. Now, I don't have anything against furries as such -- I have long had a dragon and some other animal avatars and now have several Dinkies. My tenants are furries. Furries are thought to be the soul of SL in some ways, although for me, elves and fairies are more the soul, but whatever, it's different for everyone. But this is a particular kind of very exhibitionist furry -- it's often the males who have those female furry avatars with the ENORMOUS boobs -- or other bits. And that is the face of Second Life and draws ridicule. Nothing can or should be done about it -- except to post other kinds of things -- of course first overcoming the hurdle you inevitably must overcome as your friends and family say, discovering your post about Second Life on your RL social media counts, "Isn't that the furry sex place?" No, it's not just one account with a lot of posts. It's numerous accounts. I have an SL Twitter account that I go on every few days @Prokofy Neva -- I was an early adapter of Twitter on this account, and I actually never see those furry pics and graphic clips go by when I'm casually reading through Twitter. I had to make a point of looking for them (Twitter like other social media funnels what you see to your friends or things you've liked, so I tend to see lots of exploration pictures and videos and stories of new sites, not graphic furries. But if you look on Twitter now, what's interesting is that there's also now a smattering of posts from universities, saying they are dusting off their old SL campuses due to the need for remote learning now; one says "People laughed when we spent six figures building an SL campus but who's laughing now?" A number of universities and businesses are now including SL in lists of recommended sites where to have meetings, and posting on Twitter. And facing skepticism and ridicule. So what do you figure the turn-off is? What is SL ALREADY associated with? Graphic furries. Teachers fear these graphic, hyper-sexualized furries distracting their students and businesses fear it will harm their brand. Of course those of us actually *in* SL know that this is a caricature, an exaggeration, "not what it's really like". And there is no way you could stop such posts nor would you want to. People should be free to do what they want on social media. But here the Lindens are spending time and money on ad campaigns; here everyone is arguing about how they should be done, but for free, another massive, home-made ad campaign is going on that drives away many customers, even if it might attract a niche, and that is "Furries of Twitter". Sure, come on and defend the furry life and the graphic furry sex life, that's fine, I'm all for that. But surely you can see the problem when it becomes *the only way SL is envisioned*. And that's unfair, because it's far more diverse than that. I see hundreds of sims, I go to all kinds of events, including things like "We ❤️ RP" where you'd expect to see strange furry get-ups -- but I'm telling you, I have never seen a more graphic and off-putting parade as I have seen just now on Twitter, as I look at it through the eyes of people potentially looking over SL as a possible venue to have virtual meetings. So this is why I mention again that ad campaigns have to stress that people can control their environment -- the way they look, who they let into their space, how their space is used. Controlling the environment. This is the secret sauce of SL that Philip mentioned early on. And to be sure, griefers override things like island ban efforts. But truly, there is a great deal you can do to control your experience, and griefing is far from the bane sometimes imagined -- and I speak as someone targeted specifically for harassment for what I do in SL and RL with some of the most persistent and grotesque griefing out there. What can be done about this? Nothing directly -- you can only put out MORE stuff so that the mix is more diverse. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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