ManiStyle – What’s in a Name? A Costume?

What’s in a name? As Easter rolled around again, I thought of a really silly but cute bunny outfit I have (See photo to the right). This outfit is so […]

What’s in a name?

As Easter rolled around again, I thought of a really silly but cute bunny outfit I have (See photo to the right). This outfit is so outrageous that it cannot be anything but wholesome and demure. I mean bunnies are fuzzy and everybody loves them.

How about this next bunny outfit (See photo on the left). That’s an approximation of a bunny as created in Playboy magazine in the 1960’s. These days… Not so cute anymore.

I usually don’t delve into topical issues in this column but the #MeToo movement has become an essential issue. It’s all about the stereotypes we hold about ourselves and others. The Playboy bunny was an open invitation to abuse whereas my first bunny outfit there is just plain sweet.

Expectations. I saw an article about the first woman to be an official entrant in the Boston Marathon in 1967. Not only did one official try to tear off her number tag but a man was heard calling from the watching crowd, “You should be in the kitchen!”

Why? Why not allow anyone to run a foot race. Why not allow anyone to be in the kitchen? In this life, we do what we can, what we want and what we are good at doing. I’ve never understood how some people come to believe only certain people can do some things and that other people must do other things.

How is this issue finding expression in Second Life? I found a group named #MeToo but I could not get a reply from the founder so I assume they are not currently active. There are two groups associated with the RL world-wide One Billion Rising organization. Their names are One Billion Rising and One Billion Rising Revolution. They both have been active recently. Check out the links below.

Our expectations get us into trouble as individuals and as we are influenced by our society. It is time to rearrange our assumptions and get a wider view.

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Written and photographs by Deepthinker Oh

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ManiStyle is a monthly column that explores an idea, a style, a trend or a realm in SL and gives you some links to go explore and draw your own conclusions. MANIERA SL expresses an outlook on life that is part Vanity Fair and part Rolling Stone. In ManiStyle, we introduce you to our take on life and ask that you share your views and reactions.

Bunny photos taken at Public Bunny Petting Zoo on Nautilus (86, 127, 28).