Black women are an afterthought

Black women are an afterthought, suggests an article in the Daily Mail, in relation to cosmetics and foundation creams.

Which left me thinking about how Second Life follows this ‘convention’, with black avatars, male and female, being routinely failed by skin suppliers.352C5D2700000578-3637424-image-m-18_1465719399084

Consider the number of stores offering group gifts or lucky chair items, and it’s my opinion that in Second Life, just as in cosmetic stores, ‘black women (and men) are an afterthought’. Perhaps it’s time for some SL stores to consider black avatars a bit more than they currently do.



Have you the right to go naked at home?


French newspaper Liberation offers a guide on your rights to nudity at home. Really! There are some slight differences, largely obvious, as to what is legal and what is sexual exhibitionism.

I’d be interested to learn what inspired the need to produce this ‘guide’. Are French people inclined to answer the door naked to strangers (the child who sells cookies), which is sexual exhibitionism, or their mother (which is OK, apparently).



WNBR Manchester

First, a couple of thoughts on the ride.

It seems to me that there are many more men than women doing the rides, which isn’t entirely surprising. Men will much more readily strip off in many circumstances than women. It’s not any different in naturism.

I would suggest that there’s a little bit of a danger presenting itself to the various WNBRs around the world in that they become overwhelmingly male, with females outnumbered and maybe feeling a little vulnerable as a result.wnbr1

In which case fewer and fewer females might feel they wish to participate. It’s something that needs to be addressed in moving forward in future years. There is also the danger that, in a digital age, the likelihood of turning up naked on the internet approaches 100% probability, so females -likely to be the more photographed and digitally shared gender- may have some reluctance to participate for that reason.

Next, for those females who did ride, going topless is pretty much normal, unremarkable activity now. There’s hardly a female alive (in certain societies) who feel any sense of embarrassment, shame or uncertainty in going topless.wnbr2

However, panties are still much in evidence. Going into the ride I did consider going similarly clad. It was only the bravado of my ride companion who encouraged me to go fully nude.

Thirdly, pubic hair isn’t quite so much the ‘endangered species’ it is in naturism. Barely a female hasn’t utilised a razor or depilatory cream on the beach, or in a sun club, but girl (and guy) fur is much more prevalent in a cross section of non-naturist society than you might expect.wnbr3

I have to say I found it a liberating experience in a manner in which naturism no longer is, having gone to nudist beaches and clubs for so long and so often. Cycling nude, cycling public streets nude, was a novel, exciting and smile-producing experience.

I was intrigued by the wide range of ages, sizes, shapes and racial backgrounds. In naturism, there’s often a sense of it being an overwhelming white, and often middle-aged, lifestyle. If people who represent a snapshot of society can participate in a naked bike ride, why isn’t naturism doing more to engage with them and get them involved?

I also noticed a transgender person riding, which I found a positive thing too. In a year when various US states have legislated to discriminate against transgender people, it was great to see someone saying ‘look, here I am, I’m the same as you’.

Would I do it again? Probably. Roll on 2017.



Squeeze me, pleeze me

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I don’t like spending huge sums on poses, purely on the basis that they’re usually only usable once or twice. So my collection of poses are often freebies or dollarbies.

The pose (above) is called ‘Squeeze’, and is available for L$1 from Thrust Poses on the Marketplace.

Thrust have a terrific collection of poses, some very naughty, but they aren’t overly expensive, most poses being L$90, and would be ideal for people for whom the main thrust of their Second Life is photography, and putting the results on Flickr, for example. I know from our own presence on that media platform that there are numerous people who do just that, and I’d recommend for those who do that they visit Thrust’s pages on the MP soon.