I read the book "The Stepford Wives" a long time ago and I remember being horrified, as was clearly the intent of the author Ira Levin. The premise of the book, that things are not always as they seem on the surface, is an interesting corollary to Second Life if you think about it for a minute.
Fine Caliber invited me to visit Stepford which is a new residential community she manages with Paulette Parx. The incredibly realistic and beautiful sim was created by Paulette and Fine along with the creative team of Ju Weissnicht, Work Slacker, Thorne Dreadlow, Draconis Neurocam and Cannon Atlass. These people are also involved in Insilico and The Wastelands and let me tell you, Stepford is a million miles away from those places.
I had no idea what to expect before I arrived but I was curious given how the book had scarred my feminist soul for life. Upon arriving I was greeted by the sim creators and I will admit to being unexpectely charmed. I tend to be shy and quiet but they drew me into conversation and were lovely and welcoming. I could not quite figure out if the concept behind the sim is serious roleplay or some kind of ironic joke -- which may just be the point. Remember the premise of The Stepford Wives -- things may not always be what they seem on the surface.
The lovely perfect people in Stepford are having a grand opening party on Sunday from 2pm to about 5pm. I am sure they will serving tasteful canapes and drinks with little umbrellas. Leave your black lolita dress at home and break out the good pearls and silk. There is no dress code but I think ladies and gentlemen will be most comfortable if they wear clothes suitable for church or the country club. Don't forget to dress to impress!
We're celebrating the grand opening for the Stepford sim. It's a place that has no crime, no poverty, and no pushing, a place for people to meet, shop, learn, and live. We have plans to hold building and scripting classes, book clubs, recipe exchanges. All these things are largely dependant on the interest of the community. Anyone interested is welcome to join the "Stepford" group in-world or touch one of the Subscribe-Os in the sim.Meet me in StepfordThe party starts Sunday 12/5 at 2pm with Work Slacker on the stream. Fine Caliber follows him at 3pm and makes way for Louis Volare (Louis Landon IRL) at 4pm.