Wednesday, May 9, 2007
The secret gathering of virtual dykes.
For some strange reason, late last night I was accidental invited ("Honey" probably being a very common name in SL) to a secret gathering of an elite dyke conference. I had SL minimized most of the night, watching TV on Joost (free but stupid service), when all of a sudden, I noticed the SL program bar blinking. When I maximized it, I was reading pages of a virtual conferences to which I've been mistakenly invited.
It appears that there is a secret cartel of virtual dykes living within Second Life, many of them are prominent members of the Second Life fashion and upper elite community. All of them were very worried about something that is affecting their virtual lives, and from the frantic scrolling of my conference window, I realized they were facing a crisis similar to that of the extinction of the dodo.
Being as silent as a mouse, I sat there and watched and read all that was written. At first I was trying to keep a straight face, but when I started understanding the topic of their discussion and the seriousness in which it was being debated, I couldn't help but burst into laughter.
This elite group of virtual lesbians had one real big issue. Linden Labs recently announced that Second Life as of 1.16 would include voice support, a feature that would be turned on by default. For some bizarre reason, this cartel of upper class elite dykes are all men, in real life. Their concern was that when voice support was enabled, they would have a very hard time explaining the 2-3 years of their virtual existence as hardcore female dykes to their in-game friends and partners. The seriousness in which this whole conference was debated nearly numbed me with hilarity. It appears some of them were even making plans to leave. And some others were coming up with various schemes to get around this new limitation.
The best line I heard was from one who said she would from now on tell people she was born deaf and mute.
I think we got a winner here.
I waited till everyone left the conference to close the window, so that no one would see "Honey Wendt has left the session" or the likes. But if you were one of the brilliant ladies in that conference, please feel free to send me an IM. I have no desire to post the full text of the conference or names involved.
PS: This is the second time this week that I've been mistakenly invited to a secret conference. I fumbled the first one by inquiring what it was all about, at which point all participants immediately left the conference.