by Alphaville Herald on 24/01/11 at 12:46 pm
Part the First: Justine gets judgmental
by Justine Babii
A friend of mine is pregnant in SL. I popped in to see her this morning and “Surprise!” she has an adorable little baby bump on her avie.
Now, immediately I started grilling her, because this is a normally sensible woman, and I’ve always wondered why on earth someone would want to put their pixilated self through something like that. I was relieved at the answers.
-No, she’s not wearing one of those talking bellies.
-Yes, she made her shape herself and will change it whenever she damn well pleases.
-No, she’s not planning on adopting an SL kid, or buying a prim baby.
It turns out that she and her SL husband have constructed an elaborate roleplay world and this pregnancy is part of it. She wears the “slightly showing” shape when she wants, and goes back to normal shape when she doesn’t. This, to me, sounded exactly what SL was made for, and I once again cursed her for being happily SL married, and for having what might be the most gorgeous avatar I’ve ever seen, and for being sexier than I am even while visibly pregnant.
(This is one of the friends with whom I can no longer go to clubs, because she gets tied up with IM’s from people hitting on her while my IM screen is more of a “gas gauge empty, listen to the crickets chirp” sort of vibe. I would hazard a guess that this would be the case even were we to go while she’s pregnant. FML).
So, once she had allayed my fears- that my friend would not soon be walking around sims with her giant talking belly announcing random things to strangers, I got to thinking about SL pregnant women, and SL married women, and SL families in general, and thus was born this series of articles on SL families- from pregnancies to prim babies, adoptions and beyond.
Being a good investigative reporter, I decided to take my friend to an adoption agency to see if there is in fact anything interesting here. The first one in search was completely empty. The second was a gold mine. I will spare you the details of the place for now, as I hope to profile this particular agency in an upcoming story, but let me just say that I was astounded by the size of the place (64,288 sq.m), the traffic (33,713) and the number of avatars present when we landed. Adoption is a business in SL, and business is good.
I was also astounded by the number of female avatars with enormous derrieres. I don’t understand the correlation between adoption and having a LOT of junk in the trunk, but clearly there is one, because when we landed there were, not including us, six “grown-up” avatars on the premises and three of them, pictured here, had enormous asses. These three ladies did not appear to be together, by the way. When I saw that I knew that my adoption in SL story had grown into a full fledged mini-series.
Before wrapping up this first installment of the Adoption in SL series, let me note that my “everyone else is getting hit on but I’m hearing crickets” clubbing experience phenomenon lived on at the adoption agency, as my pregnant friend was swarmed by little kid avatars hoping to get adopted by the beautiful woman. I got exactly 0 IMs. FML.