Depiction of Lewd Act Involving a Child

9:14 pm child avatars, photos, policy

I thought I’d never have a chance to do this, as this blog has some dare I say attention outside of the child-like-avatar-wearing community. But, here it comes: a (real-life image|avatar portrayal|other depiction) of a (sexual|lewd) act (involving|appearing to involve) a (child|minor)*, right here on this very blog. Ready?
Robin Sojourner Yummy Skin Vendor Image
I opened the pic in GIMP and tried to blot out the naughty nakey parts before posting, to spare my faithful readers from undue emotional scarring, but my mouse pointer hovered in mid-screen. I couldn’t find any. Can you?

Yes, this is a vendor image for Robin (Sojourner) Wood‘s kid skins. Adz wears one of these exclusively (he wears the version show above, with bonus freckles!). Robin is a terrific artist with a stunning attention to detail. She is especially good at making realistic skins for pre-teen shapes. When I try to explain why I feel this way, I realize it is not right to pick apart a masterpiece. I’ll just say, this is one piece of art where it’s okay to look at it close up!

Robin’s vendor objects were returned to her on Sunday night (11/30), with a note from a Linden. The note read, “Real-life images, avatar portrayals, and other depictions of sexual or lewd acts involving or appearing to involve children or minors are never allowed within Second Life. … Please update your vendors so any child-like avatars are fully clothed.” (ht: Marianne McCann). Robin appealed the decision to the G-Team, who reaffirmed it (see comment). Robin’s has re-rezed her vendors, but instead of a snapshot depicting the skin for sale, there is a text-only message explaining the problem and offering to have Robin manually drop textures on anyone expressing interest. Each skin purchase comes with three skins, two of which have the tie-dye underwears permanently baked on. The baked-on version are what appear on the vendors. UPDATE: Robin’s vendors now show a head only, and offer a demo version of some skins.

I’m speechless. Thankfully, Ceera Murakami, a poster in the SL Official forums said much of what I’d like to say, in reply to the thread, Resident Conversation > Resident Answers Define: Broadly Offensive I will simply repost it here.

Clearly there is a need for a path of appeal to G-Team decisions when the G-team itself refuses to reconsider an action that would be deemed insane by any rational person.

I can’t speak for the newer vendor’s images, but the images on the second merchant’s vendors would have been right at home in any Sears catalog. Heck, the pics my Grandmother happily used to show at church of me and my sister, as two topless kids in their diapers, were potentially more “offensive”, because there were adults in the same images!

The vendor pics showed a child avvie, in her can’t-be-removed kid’s cotton underpants, in a completely innocent and non-suggestive pose. Anyone who saw that pic as being in any way “a lewd or sexual act” needs to be seeing a psychiatrist. Because they are VERY sick.

The only potentially “offensive” factor was that the avatar, who was portrayed as too young to have the slightest need of a bra, (as flat-chested as any boy), did have childlike nipples. Same as the boy skin vendors from the same merchant, which were NOT removed! [editors note: I believe both vendor objects were returned] Putting a bra on a child that young would be overtly sexualizing the avatar, and completely inappropriate.

The G-Team needs a reality check, and an administrative review by their superiors. Disney has more lax standards than what the G-team is trying to force on us.

*This LL policy wording is attributable Daniel Linden, former employee of Linden Lab. Please note that the CS document and the TOS document make no mention of this rule.

Update: Robin writes:

[18:21] Robin Sojourner: Hi Adz, thanks. Only one of my vendors was returned; and that one had girl skins on it. However, one of the G-Team Lindens that Mari spoke with said that she wasn’t sure, but she thought that boys also need to be covered. (Not being sure of a rule she’s supposed to be enforcing is a whole ‘nother question.) Also, I haven’t appealed yet. I’m still trying to get the wording perfect on the appeal letter. But except for that, yeah, you got it right.

To this, I add a pair of photos available from ShutterStock.com
girl swimming
baby girl

14 Responses
  1. Rhian Svenska :

    Date: December 5, 2008 @ 00:33

    Yes just a slight mixup. :) I’m the one who appealed and had the decision re-affirmed. It should be noted that the same person both made the original decision as well as handled the appeal (re-affirming the decision, of course).

  2. Ceera Murakami :

    Date: December 5, 2008 @ 14:22

    “It should be noted that the same person both made the original decision as well as handled the appeal (re-affirming the decision, of course).”

    That is precisely the sort of situation that an appeal process should enable you to avoid. This is as wacky as a small-town where you complain about inappropriate behavior by the local Sheriff, are told to go see the Judge, and you find that the Sheriff is also the Judge!

    I do hope that this gets cleared up amicably, and if nothing else I guess that Robin’s action, of showing just the faces on the vendors and offering demo skins to examine, may be a way to go forward.

  3. Adz Childs :

    Date: December 6, 2008 @ 13:19

    Heh… no one told me that the pic I posted was blurry. I fixed it. That pic is the full quality, now.

  4. Tepic Harlequin :

    Date: December 6, 2008 @ 14:30

    This is one serious issue, it brings into question whether kid AV players can go swimming in trunks in sl, because the same amount of skin is showing. As for the same person who initiated the action doing the review, well, that’s just plain daft! Normally, I would just laugh at this absurdity, but this goes way beyond laughter into witch-hunt territory. Good luck with any and all appeals.

  5. Alexwebmaster :

    Date: March 3, 2009 @ 04:34

    Hello webmaster
    I would like to share with you a link to your site
    write me here preonrelt@mail.ru

  6. Airport Service in Frisco :

    Date: June 18, 2013 @ 11:30

    When someone writes an paragraph he/she maintains the plan of a user in his/her brain that how a user
    can be aware of it. Thus that’s why this post is amazing. Thanks!

  7. Sheila :

    Date: June 30, 2014 @ 20:25

    This article offers clear idea designed for the neew viewers of blogging,
    that truly how to do running a blog.

  8. hack facebook ads for free :

    Date: September 8, 2014 @ 21:19

    This technique was put into place simply for Facebook to
    earn cash, full cease. So even though I have over 5k followers on Fb unless I
    pay set charges for each particular person publish they will not present up
    in all of those 5 thousand information feeds, only a choose few.

  9. aplicacion para espiar whatsapp :

    Date: September 19, 2014 @ 22:12

    It’s genuinely very difficult in this active life to listen news on Television, thus I
    simply use world wide web for that reason, and get the
    newest news.

  10. Alex Ber ontario :

    Date: September 20, 2014 @ 07:35

    I discovered your weblog website on google and examine a
    couple of of your early posts. Continue to keep up the excellent operate.
    I just further up your RSS feed to my MSN Information Reader.
    Looking for ahead to studying more from you afterward!…

  11. search :

    Date: September 24, 2014 @ 22:13

    Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say
    that I’ve really loved browsing your weblog posts.
    After all I will be subscribing in your feed and I’m hoping
    you write once more soon!

    My webpage … search

  12. love your sister :

    Date: September 24, 2014 @ 23:26

    If you would like to increase your know-how simply keep visiting this site and be updated with the most recent gossip posted here.

  13. hack facebook add on :

    Date: October 6, 2014 @ 18:24

    I feel I’m completed with Facebook on this regard.

  14. games :

    Date: February 13, 2015 @ 15:48

    At this time I am ready to do my breakfast, when having my breakfast coming over again to read more
    news.

Leave a Comment

Your comment

You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Please note: Comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.