Thank you guys so much for your great comments to my previous post. I thought I’d respond to your comments with this post 🙂
I just had a great individual critique with my professor today, and we basically discussed body image and self esteem. She had actually seen this aspect in my work, even before I did..LOL She gave me a lot of ideas to ponder. The feminist aspect of what I’m doing for one. I mean, women have been fighting the same battles with body image, media, self esteem, power associated with the body, being judged based on looks (beauty contests make me sick), etc for a long time now. She has made me think about the idea of our RL bodies being a facade for what is underneath, what is inside. This vessel that we live in, is just that, a vessel, just like an avatar. Gracie is still me no matter what.
My professor pointed out that I am a very smart, organized, witty, sweet, generous, caring, considerate, energetic, passionate… (ok added a couple things there) woman, and that shows through in Second Life too. The problems I am having are believing these… but I am working on that 🙂 She did make me think about the idea of empowerment. Rather than juxtapose an image of Gracie with Kris looking contemplative, depressed the world at my feet, or staring down at my feet (seen in the previous post) why not show us both empowered, strong, confident.
That is one thing that Second Life has helped me with. I often say, that in a way Gracie has saved my life. I believe that… and she continues to do so on a daily basis.