Reading the women's comments, I could see each one pushing back from her computer and flinging her hands up with disgust."My biggest gripe is that the guys have actual clothes and women have to walk around in itty bitty slutty underwear and teeny tiny strappy high heels," wrote one. ""It struck me as a very guy ideal," said another, who admits that she found the virtual environment difficult and distracting in general."As for the porn available, there are easier ways to surf for naughty bits."I finally entered Red Light Center last week, wondering how much had changed since my helpers first saw it.And there's a pirate ship." Also, female VIPs will be able to slip into mermaid avatars here.Next up, also by female request, is a spa where you can get massages, pedicures and mud baths."It's in a very serene, comfortable, outdoorsy setting," says Ray."With trees and little rabbits running around."It's not that the world is unwelcoming or that women wouldn't enjoy it as it is – but after all the build-up, I was expecting something more balanced.
Once I started talking with other people and finding out where they like to go, I began to relax and get into the scene.Until now, the lagoon has been purely for decoration."We have caves to explore, and one of the caves has a clamshell bed where people can have sex if they want.Like most newbies, I found my way to the clubs and started clicking the dance animations, developing my own signature fusion of ballet, hip-hop and the funky chicken. In the past, I've slipped into virtual environments incognito.But this time I let the community know who I was and that I was researching for a column.