“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.” ~ Salman Rushdie
I can’t help but think that in this time of the Internet, the most important issue we will face will be the freedom of expression. Being the megaconduit of discourse, the Internet amplifies ideas. It can carry messages of good and bad. We each have a role to making things flow peacefully and openly. Part of that is thinking critically and part of it is simply not reacting without thoughtfulness.
With the attacks on Charlie Hebdo recently, it’s easy to champion free speech as if all free speech is ok and acceptable. But before you yourself say something think, “Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?” Think about your reaction. As a magazine of satire, Charlie Hebdo occupied a certain space of being able to say what others can’t and also of being able to push at the edges of our ideas. Not everyone can do that skillfully and deftly, and it comes with risk. But that risk should not be death. It should be… irrelevance. That’s why when people say stupid things in SL, almost always I just walk away. By not reacting or listening, I make them irrelevant.
That being said, this is a fashion blog, though sometimes I use it as my mouthpiece. I want to mouth off a little about what I am wearing. First I got this cocktail dress from Ariadna Garrigus before the holiday and never got to show it, but lucky me it comes with a HUD that allows three textures so I wasn’t just stuck using the more glitzy patterns. This flowered dress is lovely for any party, daytime or night, and the dress has a lovely silhouette. I was able to match Maxi Gossamer’s lovely necklace for Uber with the colors of the dress and get bowed pumps by Darling Monday, also at Uber.
I am wearing the Maitreya Lara body. I can see the appeal it has with a full apple bottom. I was not able to get the alphas to do much more for me with this dress than other mesh bodies have done—I still had to alter my shape. There are only so many pixels one can provide for cut out. Face it: you have to change your shape. Deal.
I wore the body because Voshie Paine made some terrific appliers for it. I love how the freckles from her skin run down to the body, making a very appealing girl. I added eyeshadow from Constance Daehlie, now at Anybody, to dress up. And I love Shylah Honey’s new hair for Season’s Story. This one is a keeper with tendrils slipping over the shoulder and the long hair flowing down the back.
Skin: .la petite morte. ellen t5 by Voshie Paine for La Petite Morte *
Eyes: #adored – cloud eyes – woodsman – b by Constance Daehlie for #adored *
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya
Skin applier: .la petite morte. maitreya applier hud FRECKLES by Voshie Paine for La Petite Morte *
Dress: ***ArisAris AA69 Beaded Cocktail Dress by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *
Nail appliers: Flair – Maitreya – Fingernails – Set 3 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair *
Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)