I've been thinking a lot about this sudden "It's ok to be big!" thing that's going on in SL.
You know, one of the main questions I get asked is "Are you as cute and little in real life as you are in SL?" Well, no. The person behind Alicia Chenaux is not blonde, definitely not thin, and doesn't have the terrific perky rack. :-p When I came to SL, I shaped and molded my avatar into what I personally believed looked good. I love being a petite avatar. I LOVE that when I walk into a room filled with 7 foot Glamazons, I am different. I made an avatar that looks the way I feel inside.
But now I feel like those of us who are small are almost under attack! I forget what I was reading, but a comment was made that they hoped one day overly idealized avatars would be considered tacky and noob. What?? What does that mean? Am I overly idealized, or am I the other side of the coin? What exactly is this person talking about? The "models" of SL that all look the same with their 6'5 thinner bodies? The super tall women with the huge boobs and butts? The avatars that are not proportionate and have watermelon butts? Exactly what ideal are they referring to?
If there's now an outpouring of "Yay, I'm gonna look like my RL self!" love, then what happens to the rest of us who don't WANT to look like ourselves? What if we LIKE being thin and small? Does this mean suddenly we're in the pro-anorexia club by default? Or does our height now save us because we're in the 5'9 and under range?
All I'm saying is that if SL society expects us to love an overweight avatar, then they have to love those of us who are short and thin. Because I am NOT changing my avatar. I am NOT going to be made to feel bad because I choose not to have a lot of body fat. And I am NOT going to stop taking pictures of random women who have watermelon butts. That's just a public service. I like myself, in both worlds, and I hope the rest of you like yourselves, too, no matter WHAT your avatar looks like.