Back in June, I wrote a piece on Philip Rosedale’s (and others’) illusion that Linden Lab’s virtual world Second Life would become the next worldwide web, according to statements he made to the Guardian in May 2007. Of course, 6 years on from then, i.e. from the era when SL was the darling of the media, we all know that Second Life and the other virtual worlds are certainly not considered mainstream. It’s true that SL is the most prolific and popular virtual world platform, but it simply doesn’t have the number of users (or the image, but that’s another issue entirely) to make it “mainstream” in any generally accepted sense of the term. Mind you, none of the other virtual world platforms that were spawned from it have fared any better – in fact, some have even gone under.

If you try to look for explanations and theories for this failure of virtual worlds in general to become “mainstream” and fulfill the promise and the hype of yesteryear, the internet is full of them, but most of them concern Second Life only, which I personally find expectable, as it’s the most prominent target for criticism and scrutiny – even on this blog, there’s an older post that tried to approach the matter, albeit I now think my then-limited understanding of the technical and conceptual aspects of virtual worlds affected its ability to get to the core of the issue. Skim through any of these explanations: you’ll see people constantly complaining about lag, griefing, complex viewer software, content portability and tier cost. While it’s true that these issues are important to many, some are largely specific to Second Life and, in reality, they are not problems, but symptoms: they are manifestations of underlying problems, as I have explained before, and I think it would be beneficial to reiterate this particular point if we are to have a meaningful discussion of the subject at hand.

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NOTICE: The article below deals with adult and fetish-related topics and fantasies. If you are offended by this sort of thing or are not a legal adult, I suggest you leave this instant.

Of the many forms that D/s can take, the most commonly encountered one in Second Life is BDSM. An overlooked fact, though, is that many forms of D/s have very little to do with BDSM; the example I will discuss today is the one that has appealed to me from the days of my earliest fetishistic fantasies, and it has also been favoured by Exotix (Inara Pey) for a long time (actually, today’s post is inspired by an essay She had published on Her D/s blog in 2011). This example is called Sensual D/s.

As its name might imply, Sensual D/s (frequently called SD/s – and, for reasons of brevity, in this post and from now on, the terms “Sensual D/s” and “SD/s” will be interchangeable) is a very genteel form of D/s. While it can be said to be an integral part of typical D/s relationships, as elements of it exist in all loving relationships, it may also exist entirely on its own as an individual style of play; therefore, I believe it is worth discussing in its own right. In this essay, I am going to reiterate what Exotix has written and pointed out and I am also going to try to address some questions She has raised.

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NOTICE: The article below deals with adult topics and fantasies and contains fetish imagery. If you are offended by this sort of thing or are not a legal adult, I suggest you leave this instant.

I know it’s been quite a while since I last posted anything here, but I’ve been tremendously busy in RL and, while a large number of posts are still in draft form, I still haven’t gotten around to finishing them. Today, though, I managed to put a new post together.

As I’ve explained elsewhere, I’ve always been fascinated by latexwear; this includes its usage both in the fashion world and in the fetish realm. In Second Life (SL), I have been an avid buyer of latexwear and frequent wearer. I must say here that a major attraction with SL is the fact that it allows me to indulge anytime I want, and sometimes in ways that are simply impossible in RL.

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Like everyone, I also have my favourite websites, blogs, authors and such. To be completely honest, until fairly recently, I had been mostly reading RL blogs, mostly of a political flavour and, occasionally, I had been reading various SL blogs, mostly fetish-related or fashion-related. Then I branched out and saw that there is a wide variety of SL-related blogs out there, with some of them owned by bloggers whose posts are of an exceptionally high standard.

I must say that perhaps my favourite SL blogger out there is Inara Pey (also known as “Exotix”) and I follow both of Her blogs, both “Living In a Modem World – Thoughts on Virtual Living” and “Devices and Desires | D/s in the Virtual Domain“.

Of these two blogs, the former is of general SL interest and has good, reliable information on Second Life (and the developments – mostly technical – with Linden Lab), tutorials, useful ways to solve problems and also opinion articles on the social and personal aspect of Second Life, as well as many great presentations of regions and events. I would say She does some really good SL journalism.

The latter blog is, of course, related to D/s (Dominance and submission) and its portrayal in Second Life. Although it has far fewer articles than the general interest one, the essays contained therein are extremely useful to anyone wishing to explore this aspect of sensuality, romance and sexuality. With Her experience, She dispels many myths and misconceptions. She can be a great guide in one’s journey in the world of D/s.

Furthermore, I happen to know Her personally in-world and must say that Her presence in my SL is a great honour, as She is an extremely witty, charming, intelligent and good-natured person, confirming the impressions Her blogs gave me. In a nutshell, I highly recommend Her blogs and her work and I think adding them to your blogroll is well worth it.


Mona (formerly slutrix)


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