It’s the damnedest thing! So many peeps in virtual worlds are “creeped out” by Child Avatars!? For sure lots of peeps are ok with child avatars. Lots of peeps play child avatars. Still, I think I’ve heard more distress over child avatars than over furies, tinies, Gor, or any other virtual world subculture that peeps sometimes marginalize. WHAT’S UP WITH THAT???
I Am a Child
I don’t have any data on child avatars or their motivations. I think for some it might be a chance to relive a happy time of life. For some it might be a chance to relive an unhappy time of life and “get it right” this time. For myself, honestly, I’ve always been kind of lanky, and I enjoy the more compact and balanced bodies. Aren’t avatars and children kind of similar? Both are “roles” that allow us to play. To be light. To be silly. To worry less about the burdens of “adult” life.
VB47 – Child Avatar Pride Parade
Invisible people never get civil rights. The most powerful thing anyone has ever said is “Hello World.” It’s the simplest statement. I am here. I exist. I want to be a part of culture. I want to be appreciated. I am proud to be me. There isn’t anything more fundamental to group identity than a pride parade. And so, our VB47 Child Avatar Pride Parade. A march of pride. A march of joy. A march, yes, for civil rights! A march across the Virtual Brooklyn Bridge and through Virtual Manhattan.
The Parade: click on any image to enter slide show mode
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We all met on the rooftop of the apartment I share with my sister Fiona. And then we just had a spontaneous dance party!
And then… OMG!! We jumped off the roof and parachuted down onto the Brooklyn Bridge!
Betty didn’t need a parachute ’cause she had a Mary Poppins umbrella!
OMG, NYC is a kind of dangerous place!
But we had a lot of fun!
Till we got lost! I had to stand on top of this old Ford Pinto to try to find everyone!
But it was really hard cause it got so foggy!
Finally we all reunited on a ramp to the Brooklyn Bridge
And we’re marching!
Eww, but then Gina ‘n Agnes ‘n I got stuck in some toxic goo!
Here’s Calliope ‘n me staring at a huge vat of toxic slime!
And then we all got in the crazy cab and rode around NYC!
And then, well, of course a banana throwing food fight erupted.
Agnes ate her lolly pop on top of the toxic slime pit – EWW – she’s so weird!
Come on everybody! We’re dancin in the streets!
Gina was really feeling the music! And Trilby was trying to pick up cheese with her butterfly net!
Hahaha! And then we totally pelted Subodim with blocks of stinky cheese!
Dance, Dance, Dance!
and a little futbol!
OMG, I think that toxic slime made mutant frogs! They’re SOOooooo huge!
Rabalder shot a frog at me!
Wait, wut? I thought Trilby was the jester!? But if Trilby’s the kangaroo? Then who’s the jester!? I’m so confused! I am an avatar of very little brain!
OMG IDK if there were ever this many frogs in the streets of NYC!
And then we were all tired and cranky and it was nappy time.
Or just dance some more!
And then Trilby and I went to Steampunk San Francisco for ANOTHER parade. I forget who the girl with us is, but she has really pretty hair!
And then at Fisherman’s Wharf in Steampunk San Francisco we met Nymlet who had captured a Kraken and brought it over by hot air balloon.
That’s Nymlet, Me, Mikati ‘n Trilby on top of the kraken cage. I actually went inside the cage and the Kraken seemed sweet to me. I think it was kind of mean to take it away from its home and put it in a circus cage. 🙁
Vanessa, Mikati & Trilby on top of the Kraken cage and under the hot air balloon!