This is a place I’ve been wanting to report from for some time, but when I dropped in I was never sure if it was ‘gay’ purely in the male sense, or if it was also lesbian friendly.
So I’ve had two SL friends who are gay visit and report back from French Lovers Resort.
The first short report, from Beeka, my lesbian pal, gives a female perspective.
‘First off, it’s a brilliant looking sim. I had a great time just walking around. But it’s not aimed at lesbians. It is primarily for gay men. Maybe exclusively for gay men. But as women have Bare Buns resort as a female only sim, I don’t have any issues with it. I’m just a little jealous of the building of the sim, which is absolutely brilliant. I’ve got a couple of gay male friends in SL, and I think I’d like to go in their company, and probably well tagged up as a lesbian. I can imagine that some users might be critical of a female invading their space.’
I then asked a gay friend, C, to give his perspective on it.
‘It’s beautifully done, that’s the first thing. I took my SL boyfriend along too, and we had a lot of fun with it. We sat down to dinner, had drinks on a terrace, wandered around a lot of different apartments and shops, picked up some freebies. There’s a lot going on in it. We’ll use it again. The French speaking element of it doesn’t bother me at all, as if we’re going as a couple then we can converse between ourselves. I’m not sure my French language skills would be good enough to engage in conversation with other men. And it is nice to see a focus on non-English gay and gay naturist activity. It’s probably a kind of a niche build, a labour of love, and it is done with loving care and attention to detail. I’d recommend it to all gay men, French speaking or not. And there are pose balls which, hahaha, we availed of 🙂 ‘
We’ve finished off the Politics Issue. It was meant to be this week’s ‘big production number’, with several projected articles and pages.
But I’ve pulled it from the schedule as a debate rages on what our intentions are with it.
I’ve written the editorial four times now, and am still unhappy with it. Fionnuala and Areola were so unhappy with the entire concept of it that they’ve both left the team 😦 It’s almost at the stage where the Politics Issue could finish us off, rather than us finish it!
The staff aren’t airheads who just prance around naked in an online game. We’re engaged and political people with concerns about society, the real world we live in and how it all impacts on our Second Lives. And the emails between us have shown how much we care about getting it right, about what we’re trying to say. And we’re all individuals with individual political stances which can’t be easily reconciled. We did want to make a statement, but despite my assertion that individual views should all be accommodated people weren’t happy with their SL names being associated with the views of others. In effect, given their first real chance to reach a new level of blogging, Fionnuala and Areola refused to accept one another’s views, or mine, and how those views should be seen over the internet. And I refused to promise to pull the whole issue ‘forever’. It’s still something I think we need to publish, but in what form, with what included and excluded, I’m not sure. Neither Areola or Fionnuala wanted to possess an avatar associated with particular views on a blog. Which is fine. I understand where they’re coming from. It is only a game, and for us to up the levels of seriousness associated with it meant we could conceivably have been accused of flaming/trolling, even though it might only be the expression of views relating to other in world views in specific sims.
Without outlining the specifics (and I’m not going to do that), then the above maybe seems a bit unfocussed.
I wish Areola and Fionnuala well with their Second Lives, but now’s a time for regrouping and focusing on the naturist element of it all again. Issue 5 will appear next week, with contributions from Areola. Fionnuala haas asked that her work isn’t used, so I’ve now got a bit of space that needs to be filled between now and then.
I have to say this wasn’t what I was expecting when I started SLN, lol.