Dollification vs. Objectification

Two words – one meaning? Well, not really. A doll is an object, Yes, dehumanised and objectified, but an object can be many other things, and usually is fixed in one place. Neither can communicate in the SL world as a rule, and can only IM its owner. If the rules of BDSM as D/s are followed, only essential communication with the owner is permitted. Sight is more often than not attenuated if not denied, and hearing may also be similarly restricted. In some cases the ability to see names or any “hovertext” may be restricted, but those situations are less common.

I post this to clarify some common misconceptions about what Dollification might be. It is, by and large, whatever the Dominant chooses it to be. It is a matter of some puzzlement to many as to why someone should use what is to many a social medium to practice such isolation, my only answer to that is that, as I said in a previous post, it is just that social interacivity that the subject wishes to isolate iteslf/themselves from.

There is an element of bravado and self-serving in many attempts at isolation – I was guilty of that early in my SL, but ultimately that is a hollow action and doesn’t provide the element of “consensual non-consent” that is provided by genuine SL D/s. In the limit we can all cheat out if we so wish, so there is a safety net in that.

In times past it was possible to convert the Linden Viewer into RLV with no “get out” short of redownloading the viewer, such immutability may be possible to those who know how to customise viewers, but it is well beyond my ability. For me, the matter does not arise, since the concept of cheating out of an RLVa imposed punishment or restraint is utterly repulsive to me.

~ by Ayesha Askham-Ezvalt on November 22, 2011.

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