Those of you reading this know me as Sophie Lynne. However there are many many people who know me by a different name: Juanita. How is this possible? Do I have multiple identities? Well, kind of.
I play Second Life. That's Juanita above. In Second Life I am a complete female.
Second Life (SL) is a computer simulation game. Kind of like World of Warcraft but not as cartoony. Players can be who or what they wish. If I wanted to be a jawa, I could run around screaming "outini!" all the time if I wished. Everything in SL is created by users, so if you go somewhere, a user created it, not some programmer.
I started in SL a few years ago as a male. I tried a female but gave her up. Juanita started as a joke between myself and a friend, but as my female side developed in real life, my desire to play a woman in SL did as well. So Juanita ceased to be a "joke." Now she's my reason for going to SL.
3/8 of all women characters in Sl are really guys. Most don't say they are men. I am open about it- I am proud of being transgender there.
There are many things to do in SL. There is dancing, wargames, whatever you want. You can command a starship in a Star Trek place. Go to beaches, fly Messerschmidts, whatever. You could ride dancing cows on Laguna Beach.
I go to clubs and socialize with other TGs. In fact there are even support groups in SL for us.
I also go to formal dances. It's a thing with me- dressing up. ;)
Of course, where you have men and women there will be sex and SL is no exception. Many many people find relationships that are very real to them. It's easy to get hurt there.
For the most part, I do my best just to be with friends and be a typical woman. I enjoy my time on SL even though I don't get much time there anymore. I used to be on several hours a day. Now it's maybe 4 hours a week.
So why am I writing about this? Because it's important to me. I have met many TG girls there and it's a wonderful supportive web of people. Some TG girls don't like SL. One T girl that I admire greatly wrote to me about SL:
"Candidly it was a huge waste of time and socially isolating
since so much time is spent on the computer.
As to it's value as an aid to dressing I didn't feel it
helped me at all... I have a hard time seeing why people
would want to spend that much time playing around with
animation. That's just me."
So it isn't for everyone. I love it though.
Wanna see it? http://www.secondlife.com/ It's completely free... unless you WANT to buy stuff. Maybe I'll see you there?