My ‘alt’ (and SDI)

Yes, I run an ‘alt’. I’ve never used her much, except when I had a ‘friend’ press his advances on me, despite him being very clear about my feelings towards cyber (I don’t want any, and my profile makes that clear in several languages!). So I muted, de-friended and logged out and stayed out of SL for a couple of weeks before deciding that I shouldn’t let one idiot, who apparently can’t read or read the signals, spoil my SL. So I signed up my alt…and then made her look exactly like me (I mean, my original avatar!). Oh dear!

I couldn’t just re-invent myself. I had become ‘Ella’ to an extent, and needed to be ‘Ella’ in look, even though the alt didn’t carry her name. Well, to cut a long story short, I eventually returned to SL as Ella, and I’ve not encountered the idiot again (despite him being a regular of SL venues), so the ‘alt’ was retired.

This week, I’ve re=activated her. I don’t mean to be rude or unfriendly, but as I’ve embarked on this blog, I’ve realised just what a lot of time it requires, what research is needed, and how many friends -genuine friends I care about- I have in SL who will say ‘hi’ and we’ll chat. I love this element of SL, it’s what I log in for, but sometimes a girl needs to get things done. So occasionally, particularly when a new venue opens up, or is altered to or added to, I’ll be using her as an avi who can maybe slip in unnoticed and get a review done, quietly and quickly. She still looks like Ella, and the profiles are exactly the same.

If you do spot her, by profile reading, or by thinking ‘she looks like Ella’ by all means say hello. I’m not going to deny her, or that she’s me. It just means I’m working on the blog, in dishguise…or not!

The reason I’m telling you this is because my alt dropped into Skinny Dip Inn earlier today, possibly the first time I’ve visited since wee one or two of my SL. SDI will say it’s ‘clothes optional’, nude or swimwear is the preferred option, so I slipped on a bikini and teleported over there. I remembered it as something of a ‘meat market’. Yes, there’s a mix of nude and clothed folks there, so that ticks a box. What doesn’t tick any boxes is the 1000+ day old male avatars in newbie hair and badly coloured penises that defy all logical explanation to their girth and length. Less of a penis, more of a three legged stool.

And sure enough, within a few moments, there were IMs, from 1000+ day old avatars who haven’t learned to profile read yet. ‘Wanna f***?’ Well, no, as my profile makes very, very clear. And as chat up lines go, it’s a loser. A big, big loser.

I knew my SL time was limited, so I made my excuses and left. I won’t be back. Sure, if you want to go somewhere that’s a pick up joint for naked people who aren’t naturists (there’s a big difference) give it a go. Me? And my alt? No, thanks. No thank you at all.

Dear Santa…

It’s getting to be close to the big day, so I decided I’d send you a note for what I want on my Xmas SL Naturist shopping list.

1. A communal pool with swim poses and a lot of loungers around it. Most RL resorts have one, so maybe you could fix it for me to get a proper sized swimming pool I can take my early morning nudie dips in?

2. At least one beach with a hand-in-hand couple walking pose beside it. A regular feature of RL naturism is couples strolling hand in hand along the shoreline, paddling their feet as they go and, somehow you can practically see the wheels going around in there, with naturism reminding them  why it was they fell in love the first time, regardless of their age now.

3. Aimless woodland walks set back off a beach. Several places I know in France will have pointless, yet lovely, walks just off the beach. Several French places inland are built in woodland, for goodness’ sake, and the water facilities will be a river running through the land (and, of course, a communal pool or two).

That’s it, Santa, I’m not asking anyone to move the earth (except, maybe for the terraforming of a pool!)

SL Naturist Profiles: No.1 Paolo

I met Paolo at Su Casa, when I returned to check out one or two things I apparently missed. There are apparently four ‘public art’ displays, and I’m in IM contact with one of the artists regarding him doing an interview (and maybe photoshoot?) for us. And I also missed the sailboar ride, which I’ve no done in an amateurish way before beaching it and jumping for shore! Great fun, though, and I don’t recall sailing in SL before.

Paolo’s Italian, and told me that he is not best served, at home, for naturist activities, and thus takes his naturist holidays in Croatia.

Ella: So you’re a Rl naturist.

Paolo: When I can. It is not easy in Italy. Sure, we have beaches and a naturist association, but the available beaches aren’t in easy reach of my home, so we pack up each July and go to Croatia. There are a  lot of Italian naturists there, so it is easy to see there is a need not being served at home.

Ella: And SL provides an opportunity to practice virtually?

Paolo: Yes, I think so. It is not just about naturism. I enjoy the social side of SL. It is a game I enjoy playing.

Ella: When you say ‘we’ go to Croatia..girlfriend? wife? children?

Paolo: Friends. My ex-girlfriend came with me for three years, but we are no longer together. My new girlfriend is not a naturist for now. I shall try to convince her!

Ella: Does she play SL?

Paolo: No.

Ella: So do you have a naturist girlfriend in SL?

Paolo: I have someone special in SL, yes. But she is not a naturist in SL either. Maybe she comes with me sometimes, but not to often, so I visit the naturist sims of SL when she is not online.

Ella: I intend no disrespect, but Italian men in SL are like their RL counterparts, always ‘the great lovers’.

Paolo: Haha! Yes, I agree. It is a cultural thing. We have a reputation as great lovers and I think many Italian men follow this on in SL. For me, it is not so important to be always sexually engaged. I prefer the company of intelligent people in SL and think of it as a social tool. I have met some nice people in here. Some ladies, I make love to them, some I do not make love to them. It is not my primary reason for being in SL. We must stop here and take a photograph! I am Italian, I must be photographed by the ice cream vendor!

Ella: When you aren’t in naturist sims, what does your SL consist of?

Paolo: I will explore. I like the historical styled sims, or geographic representations. I visit the cities of the world, the old cowyboy west, I just have fun exploring.

Ella: We seem to have spent quite a bit of time near the water. Are you a sailor in RL?

Paolo: No. I live inland, in a region of mountains. I do this because I would not have an opportunity to do this in RL.

Ella: And the beer in the cafe tastes good?

Paolo: Yes! It gives me the courage I need to be photographed for the readership of SL Naturist!

 

 

 

Dissident No. 3: Anonymous…anonymised!

In light of Veena Malik’s decision to sue FHM India for allegedly tampering with her photoshoot, I’ve decided to ‘rethink’ the third of our ‘dissident nudist’ series and re-do the shoot…complete with some ‘censoring’ of the so-called naughty bits (which aren’t naughty at all, but an integral part of who each and every one of us are). I’ll be back with a re-jigged version of this in a day or two.

‘I want to be alone’

These days, all of my RL naturism takes place in Spain, in the naturist ‘village’ of Vera Playa. Because I’ve got a couple of small children in tow, it makes sense to stick to somewhere we know (for now), after years of exploring many of Europe’s naturist hotspots. I’ve holidayed in Croatia, different places in Spain, and in a lot of French coastal and interior camping sites. Having spent the last 7 years exclusively in Vera Playa, we’ve got a real love of the place, and have considered buying a property there. We’ve managed to squeeze in two weeks each year (a week each time) in Vera, and have absorbed the local traditions.

What I like about it is the capacity to drive off a main road and into a little maze of streets in what is known as the ‘Zona Naturista’. Naturists walking their dogs, or coming to and from the supermarket, beach or one of several little bars. The naturists are not hidden away behind locked gates (although there are several private urbanizacions) and I’ve often wandered down a street, as nature intended, only to be passed by a police car. Wouldn’t it be great if more of the world was like this?

Sometimes, my other half will take the children to the children’s pool. I might join them, or I might wander off with nothing other than a bag over my shoulder, to the beach. I’ll set out a towel and then settle down for 30 minutes or an hour’s reading on the Kindle.

While I’m there, single males will be sitting nearby, or sunbathing, and other single males wandering up and down the beach. So I’ll read for a while and then decide to share parenting duties once more. However long I’m there, no one (the exception being people I do know already) comes up and says ‘hi, what are you doing?’.

I’m trying to read, you moron, what does it look like?

All around me, there may be other, single females who are in a similar situation. Often, when school gets out, you’ll see a few teenagers arrive in uniform, strip naked and start doing homework. Once, I even saw a more mature woman join them and, it transpired, she was their teacher. She only went ‘topless’, but she sat with a mixture of male and female students, all around 15-17, and went through a homework with them! Incredible!

Sometimes, girls flick through pop magazines and the boys will play volleyball or beach soccer, nude. And there’s rarely a time when they even glance at one another. They’ve seen each other naked a hundred times before and it’s now big deal. This is how life should be.

As the sun goes down, they’ll dress and say ‘see you in school tomorrow’. Homework complete, they’ll head off home for dinner.

What’s my point?

Oh, yes. Sometimes, in RL, I like to ‘people watch’. We all do it, whether in a naturist environment or not. And I do like to ‘people watch’, occasionally, in SL too. I don’t necessarily want conversation, much less conversation that begins ‘I like your hairy pussy’. Guys, you wouldn’t say it to a complete stranger in RL, so why do it in SL? (At least, I hope you don’t say it in RL and, if you do, your face has been slapped hard).

SL is a social tool, but sometimes we don’t want to be particularly social. Sometimes, just watching is justification enough for logging in and watching some beautiful people dancing naked or sunbathing. Perhaps it is time to establish a clear SL naturist protocol in that an avatar set to ‘busy’ is just that. In those circumstances, maybe people should respect that the avatar is busy, in IM, incommunicado, whatever, and respect them being ‘solo’ at that particular moment. Maybe we need a third button, alongside ‘set to busy’ and ‘set to Away’, to reflect this. Has anyone any ideas on what the wording should be?

My first staff member :)

I hadn’t realised just how much work went into this, so I now have some sense of my friend Emmanuelle’s frustrations when she was running her 2ex blog (and giving me my first blogging experience). I’m sorry to see that Emma has either taken a hiatus or decided to give up entirely. I hope she’ll be back, she was a thoughtful blogger and remains a good SL friend, although she’s been missing in action for the past week or so, and IMs and emails have not been returned yet. Hopefully it’s just a break to recharge the batteries.

I’ve managed to pick up my first member of staff for SL Naturist today. I’ll not name her -yet- because I’m going to get her to do it herself on Wednesday or Thursday, complete with a report from a naturist place I wasn’t actually aware of before!

But I couldn’t let the post go without showing you some of her photographs (and she seems much more talented than me!).

What I particularly like about them is that she (and her S.O? time will tell) has captured a very, very typical sort of nude beach scene. A couple by the sea, one splashing around, the other sitting by the shoreline. Just happy, naked fun!

If I had a pound for every time I’ve seen these scenes replicated in real life I’d have enough for a couple more naturist holidays.

Life’s hectic tomorrow, so I probably won’t get ‘Dissident No.3’ published until later in the week. Sorry about that.

Catch you all later on this week.

 

 

Dissident No.2 ‘Anonymous’

Our second political nude dissident is….’anonymous’. She has asked her SL name is not used, and I have respected that. The reasons for remaining anonymous? Our model is an Egyptian girl in real life, and does not include much nudity in her SL. For her, there’s still a sense of embarrassment about even a nude avatar. Still only 19, and living in a different social structure from those of us in the west, I sensed a very distinct mindset and approach to sexuality than we might commonly encounter.

We cruised a few Egyptian sims to take these shots.

Ella: How are you finding the shoot?

Anonymous: It’s scandalous, a bit embarrassing, but also oddly liberating to do this in sims where someone clothed, male and maybe with an Arabic mindset turns up. I’m quite excited, actually.

Ella: Yet you do this in support of Aliaa Al-Magdy?

Anonymous: Yes. She is something of a cause celebre in Egypt right now. I support her right to claim ownership of her body, and the fact that her nudity is not seen as obscene.

Ella: Yet you remain embarrassed rather than embrace it in your own SL?

Anonymous: I think the idea that nakedness is natural will come. For now, I am a new person in SL and I am a little wary of what I do.

Ella: But your avatar is beautiful!

Anonymous: Thank you. I think, if there are many women from the Arab world playing they will all want to look beautiful, but maybe it is a little secret they have between themselves and their computers. I have a couple of friends in SL who have the same outlooks. We buy lots of lingerie to put on in SL and feel sexy and maybe sexual. And this idea is not accepted within the Arab world. It is very patriarchal.

Ella: Bathing in milk as a homage to Cleopatra!

Anonymous: That was fun, posing for that.

Ella: What is it you want from your SL?

Anonymous: For now, I like to buy clothes and explore. I do not feel I have found a proper role for myself in SL.

Ella: You enjoy the game?

Anonymous: Very much, but I am still a little frightened to speak to many people, particularly males. I’m sorry, this must be strange to someone in Europe.

Ella: Not at all. It’s the diversity of cultures and meeting people like you who make it such an enriching game to play. You wished to remain anonymous.

Anonymous: I do not wish to attract unwanted messages. I have a real life, and my circumstances dictate that I want to make my SL, if discovered, I play in secret, not embarrassing to me. Often, I wear plain clothes in SL to reflect my reality and not make the game an embarrassment for me in front of my family. I need to go now, though, as others will be in the house soon. Maybe we can talk some other time. Bye! 🙂

Ella was talking to ‘anonymous’ via chatlog during the brief photo shoot