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  1. Interesting discussion everyone. I've enjoyed reading people's opinions. My view of SL is that it's an amazing virtual world where everybody has the opportunity to explore or become a version of themselves they wish to be or always been curious about. Whether that's a different gender, race, height, species, age, etc. I think everyone can agree that's a wonderful thing! And equally, in order to immerse yourself in this identity/fantasy/role, you can choose how much or how little of your RL information you want to share. And that should be respected. Lets face it, the only real
  2. These protests have been a legitimate attempt to address ongoing failures in the US for a reform of police practices and the broken criminal justice system. So while we should certainly condemn the few idiots who resort to violence, it doesn't make sense to turn against the overwhelming majority who deserve our respect and need our support. Let's not forget the snapshots we see in the media never paint the complete picture/ tell the full story.
  3. I am British and I'm 100% supporting Black Lives Matter. Sadly in our world racism is systemic and transcends national boundaries.Although racism exists against other minority groups in this country too, and I have and will support movements against that, it doesn't detract from the importance of what's happening right now. I don't feel I need to pick and choose between the issues. My support for BLM will take the form of RL action, but SL is a social platform inhabited by real people so it isn't surprising that important RL issues spill over into this world. I don't think anyone is forc
  4. Ugh, that sucks. Hope they resolve this quickly for you @happycaroline! Also hoping other aspects of your introduction to SL are going more smoothly
  5. Totally this! In RL I'm usually walking around hoping people won't talk to me and avoiding conversation. When they do, then I'm usually trying to end the interaction ASAP! But in SL I transform into this complete sociable entity! I love meeting people, striking up conversations with strangers and making new friends in world. I don't fully understand why. Maybe there's something reassuring about the safety of my computer screen, or something I prefer about being able to think about what I say before I say it (like how I prefer sending text messages to making phone calls) or I'm just
  6. For bodies, check out and try demos for: Maitreya Lara, Belleza Freya, Slink HG and Legacy. For heads, test out: Catwa, LeLutka, LAQ, Logo and Genus. I mainly use Maitreya body and Catwa head, but also Slink HG for curvier looks and LAQ head.
  7. You do sound like my jittery old cat! 😃 Yes I do think you're worried over nothing really, but I know it's easier for some more than others and we're all very different (I'm sure you're not alone in how you feel). I'd be very happy to chat with you in-world and learn more about your interests.You sound like an interesting person with a lot to offer!
  8. Alwin must be wearing some pretty thick socks today, as that alleged "little nice core" is certainly being very well hidden 😄 (jk)
  9. Really interesting thread to read through.I must admit, I'm one of those people whose initial reaction to the idea of adults playing as child avatars is to be creeped out. But since encountering this phenomenon in-world I've tried to understand the appeal and reasoning behind it better. I think I understand now that it can provide a healthy outlet or escape for some people, just as exploring a different gender or turning into a wolf or a cat can be for others? I guess with child avatars I understand the longing for a return to a more innocent, less-complicated and stress-free time in life
  10. I love in-jokes! I hope to be part of one someday.
  11. Did she win the timezone lottery @ballparkdogg! 😅
  12. Thanks @Raysa Jolbey. I hope people can see my comments were made to enlighten not to attack or critique anyone! I know in the past I have been guilty of being ignorant (not that anyone here has!) to certain things and it has really helped when someone has gone "ok, but have you thought about it this way?", so that's all I was trying to do here! ❤️ Happy self-isolating everyone!!! 😀 *smacks her head repeatedly against a wall through sheer boredom*
  13. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/30/why-im-no-longer-talking-to-white-people-about-race I'm just going to leave this here then move on. Feel free to read if you wish. Peace love and respect to all!
  14. Sorry Alwin, but this is where I feel people sometimes need to check their privileges. The point you're making isn't the same. White people aren't a minority group. The LGBT community is, but no LGBT person would have to ask where to find a predominantly white LGBT group because they're all predominantly white (apart from maybe the furry ones! lol ;)). It's like when you hear straight white people saying that racism and homophobia doesn't exist anymore. No disrespect, but you're not in a position to judge or make that assessment. I wish the world was perfect, free from intolera
  15. I totally get that some people are coming at this question from the "This is SL! Colour, race, sexuality and gender shouldn't matter here!" perspective, and understand that this is well intentioned. However, it makes sense that some people would like to find a community of residents with shared RL experiences who can maybe relate better to their frame of reference. It's not necessarily a bad thing. ❤️
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