There’s a wonderful, or terrible, group in SL, “CoffeeSluts of Second Life”.
The wonderful part is that SL is filled with beautiful, unique coffee shops. And they’re all empty all the time. It’s sad!
Ugly dance clubs with crappy 80’s music are overflowing! But the beautiful coffee shops sit idle.
CoffeeSluts of Second Life meets up at different coffee shops around the grid. At the time of this blog post there are 241 members. Their morning and evening coffee shop meetups breathe life into these dormant beauties.
I’m a coffee drinker. A coffee addict, even. I’m a princess, a brat, and a smartass. I’m a former SL Latex Model and I’ve definitely teased more than my share of kinksters over the SL years.
But I am not a slut.
I don’t appreciate being called one (I get angry when someone calls me “hun”!) And I don’t understand why a group that likes to drink coffee needs such a vulgar word choice for their name. Half the time I see their notices and choose not to attend simply because I’m so repulsed by the name.
Sometimes it feels like SL is the land of awkward choices.
Cigarettes are deadly. We’ve known for ages that they cause cancer, emphysema, and other diseases. Cigarettes end lives years earlier than they otherwise would.
Drop by Flickr sometime and see how many avatars, even here in 2023, seem to feel that they can only convey Identity, Style, Cool, by putting a cigarette in their hand.
No, avatars don’t get cancer. But why do we want to continue to normalize and legitimize a deadly addiction?
And why do I have to be called a slut if I want to join a coffee group.
A Better World
We all know that there are living, breathing, feeling, real people behind every avatar. People who may not want to be thought of as a slut. People who may not want to end their life early because of a deadly addiction.
SL is real!
Which means that everything we do here, from calling people sluts to glamorizing lethal addictions, and more, has a real effect on real people in the real world.
I apologize for being the language police. But I wish we wouldn’t try so hard to be cool that we create a more harsh and destructive world in the process.
Retired latex model. Flirt, tease & friend without benefits. Say “Hello!” I won’t bite! (not even if you want me to) Over the years so many “SL Killers” have come & gone: Cloud Party, Blue Mars, InWorldz, Sansar, HiFidelity, and more. Mostly gone now. Zuckerberg’s “Metaverse” is in trouble. Meanwhile, SL keeps pressing on. Even so, don’t take it for granted. SL could die, or changes to SL, or changes in your life, could cause this beautiful dream to end. Even if the dream does continue, beloved characters might exit the stage. Savor every moment.