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세컨드 라이프: 버츄얼 ‘여주인님’과의 인터뷰

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키워드:세컨드 라이프  사이버 섹스  가상 세계  버츄얼 비즈니스  커뮤니티 

실세계에서는 주부, 세컨드 라이프에서는 노예들을 거느린 주인님

"Marilyn Murphy" 씨가 세컨드 라이프를 찾는 주된 목적은 재미다. 그녀는 세컨드 라이프 세계의 섹스 관련 매거진인 Players의 발행인으로서 아바타들의 누드 사진을 찍는다.

세컨드 라이프에서 ‘여주인님(dome)’ 역할도 맡고 있는 그녀는 자신의 모든 명령에 복종하는 세 명의 여성 아바타들(sub)을 거느리고 있다.

Marilyn Murphy 씨가 세컨드 라이프에서 ‘여주인님’이 된 것은 전에 실세계에서 양성애 경험을 한 이후라고 한다. 그녀는 세컨드 라이프 최초의 성공적인 스트립 클럽 가운데 하나를 열었는데, 이 곳의 댄서들은 그녀가 자신들의 여주인님이 되어주기를 원했다. 그녀도 이를 받아들였다.

실생활 속의 그녀는 아이 하나를 둔 가정주부로서, 조만간 직장을 구할 계획이었다. 그녀의 남편도 세컨드 라이프에 들르기는 하지만 자주는 아니며, 그녀가 거기서 무슨 일을 하든 상관하지 않는다고 한다.

세컨드 라이프의 오랜 사용자들 가운데 다수는 익명으로 이곳에 액세스하며, 프라이버시를 위해 실세계에서의 신원은 밝히지 않는다. “이곳은 3D 채팅룸일 뿐, 우리의 실생활을 침해하는 일은 결코 없다. 우리는 이곳에서 벌어지는 일들을 놓고 웃곤 한다. ”

By Mitch Wagner
Courtesy of InformationWeek

Housewife In Real Life, Dominatrix In Second Life

For "Marilyn Murphy," the fun is the main thing. Murphy is best known in the Second Life community as publisher of Players, an in-world magazine about the Second Life sex scene. She photographs Post Six Girls a feature of the blog Second Life Herald where attractive avatars, usually female, pose nude. She also takes private photos of residents' avatars, for which she charges fees in Linden Dollars, which she uses entirely in-world.

She plays in Second Life as a "domme," or dominatrix, with three female avatars as subs, who obey her every command. I met with her on a wide patio area, with a table surrounded by cushions. Her avatar was dressed in a long, slinky gown.

Later, we were joined by one of her subs, who teleported in. Murphy commanded the female avatar to sit, and the woman kneeled next to Murphy. Murphy commanded the woman to sit on one of the cushions around the table. The woman participated in the conversation normally and cheerfully, although I noticed she addressed her comments to Murphy, and not me. Perhaps that was a d/s thing -- I don't know and can't ask, because Murphy has not responded to my instant messages seeking further information.

In one of those IMs, I asked if she'd be willing to tell me her real-life name. Many long-time users of Second Life access the world anonymously, and keep their real-life identities secret to preserve their privacy. Some become quite defensive over questions about their RL identities.

I asked her how she started doing nude photography in Second Life. "i found myself in very early Second Life, and all my friends were artists and builders and i have no talents and no skills," she said in text chat. "i don't have [PhotoShop]. i had to come up with something so i decided that sex sells and so i would sell rather tame sexual images." PhotoShop is used by the most skilled builders in Second Life to make their creations more beautiful and lifelike.

Murphy said she became a domme in Second Life after having had real-life bisexual encounters when she was younger. "here in sl the bisexual thing is so much easier to fall into. by its very nature, the anonymity and the simple fact that for a couple of years guy avs [avatars] just were not very good," she said.

She opened one of the first successful strip clubs in Second Life, and the dancers wanted her to be a domme for them, so she went along with it. Eventually, she got good at it and found a following.

What's the attraction of being a Second Life domme? "you fill a need for her," she said. "i get the pleasure of pleasing her."

She's in a long-term committed relationship in Second Life -- long-term by the standards of Second Life: she's been involved for six months -- and knows some things about her partner in real life.

In real life, Murphy is married and has one child. She's a housewife, but was planning to start a job shortly. "it has to do with a credit card i have, sigh. and some bad man who refuses to pay for it now," she said. "i imagine if i work for a few months i can beg off and go back to being a happy housewife."

Her husband is on Second Life, but not very often, and doesn't care about what she does. They have a couple of ground rules: No phone calling with Second Life sex partners, and they don't keep secrets about their activities in Second Life.

"we laugh about stuff that happens here. It's a 3D chat room and it in no way infringes on our lives," she said. She added: "he thinks it's a riot that i am a domme.... before sl my major computer interface was solitaire, then i came here, and im running clubs, i have slave girls, i have loves and adventures. and its all a fun adventure to him and me.

She concluded:

Marilyn Murphy: i had no idea i could be a firm leadership type person
Marilyn Murphy: none
Marilyn Murphy: that people would seek my advice
Marilyn Murphy: any of this

I asked whether she'd applied any of her Second Life experiences to her real life. She responded:

Marilyn Murphy: not
Marilyn Murphy: ha ha
Marilyn Murphy: i have thought about what i could do with my new self awareness
Marilyn Murphy: but i dont want to work that hard

< Originally from 05/26/2007 >





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