Daeberethwen Arbenlow is one of Second Life's most popular fashion bloggers, and she recently noticed a curious but disturbing thing: Her fashion photos with darker skinned avatars consistently get much less Favorites on Flickr than her photo shoots with lighter skinned avatars. This recent spread, for instance, got nearly ninety favorites:
This one below, however, got nearly two hundred:
She started thinking about this contrast after a fellow avatar fashion blogger brought it up to her:
"[She] is a woman of color and she was telling me that it is really hard for women of color to get picked up as bloggers and that the darker her skin is in pictures, the less faves they get," Ms. Arbenlow remembers.
“It’s obviously not a swastika,” claims Foxler – who also insists his furry name is a portmanteau of “Fox” and his real surname, “Miller”, not “Hitler”, as many online argue. Foxler says he first began wearing the armband – which features a paw print in place of a swastika – after he dropped out of high school and started playing the online role-playing game Second Life, in which the band was available as a character accessory.
So yes, at least some Second Life furries are sporting a fascist-like paw print armband. I wasn't totally surprised by that, because there are anti-fascist furries too:
Face-punchingly adorable Alicia Chenaux busts out her Bento-based angel wings for her Second Life avatar, and shows you how customizable they are. Available (if you're lucky) at the Gacha Garden: Click here to teleport there.
"Avatars Against Trump", as the title suggests, is a new Flickr group open to users of Minecraft, Blocksworld, The Sims, Second Life, High Fidelity, IMVU, Tilt Brush, and any other game/online world/VR platform who want to express their opposition to Trump and his policies in screenshots and machinima. Managed by SL bloggers Cajsa Lilliehook and Strawberry Singh and launched this week, it already has a dozen images -- go here to see them all, and if you're interested in contributing your own image or video, go here for guidelines.
Among the first submissions is this one above from Ms. Singh, a Muslim-American in real life who's experienced first-hand the rising hate provoked by Trump and his anti-American supporters, and accompanies her image with a short but passionate poem: