Someone’s got to explain to me what’s so great about mesh. I’ve been trying to like the stuff for months, and it’s been 6 weeks since I paid through the nose for my own mesh outfit, but the stuff still looks like a layer of clay to me. It’s thick, dull, and because it doesn’t hang and doesn’t move it looks dead, like your clothes are made of sheet lead–Chernobyl chic. Where’s the charm in this? What am I missing!
They tell me mesh keeps your body from poking through your clothes, and I suppose that can be a problem (as compared to the problem in a simple mesh mishap, in which half your body just totally disappears). But is encasing yourself in garments of reinforced concrete really the best fix for that? Aren’t clothes supposed to enhance the body and not just smother it? Wouldn’t it be better to just amputate the offending body part and go through Second Life as a maimed but sartorially acceptable cripple then to zip yourself into one of those mesh catcher’s uniforms that passes for an outfit? Is the solution really to make everyone look like a member of the bomb disposal squad?
I can see where mesh would be useful for things like shoes and boots that don’t have to bend or flow. And I suppose a mesh vagina that keeps the man’s penis from poking through her during sex is a good idea. But for clothes? Or–even worse–hair??
The first time I saw mesh hair I thought the woman had layered strips of dough on her head, and admit it: mesh hair looks like crap. It just lays there like strips of mesh blubber, but without even quivering. It calls to mind that plastic snap-on hair you fastened to the Lego people’s head hole, a kind of combination toupee and construction helmet. Or the Alien’s larval form where it just lay on John Hurt and impregnated him with its demon spawn. Is the problem of cranial trans-hair extrusion so devastating that we have to wear globs of plaster of Paris on our scalps? Can no one enlarge flexi hair anymore?
Does anyone think mesh hair looks good?
I really think what we’re dealing with here is a case of The Emperor’s New Hair. We don’t think it really looks good, but we know it’s hot and the latest thing and so we want it, and the fact that it’s so obscenely expensive just makes us want it more, as status symbol. And we walk around thinking we’re all that while other people are covering their mouths with their hands, partly to muffle their sniggering, and partly to keep their gorge down.
Now, all along I people have been telling me, “Oh, you haven’t seen the good mesh yet!” or, “Wait till you see some really well-done mesh clothes!” Well, I finally have. I’ve been shown some of the best by some well-connected SL models and I can say that it looks just as bad as the bad stuff. Maybe the textures are better, or the designer has taken to combining mesh with flexi to make the stuff to look less dead, but it still looks bad. Gowns have stiff, mesh bodices or torsos, with skirts of flowing flexi, and still the models look like they’re inhabiting the gown the way you inhabit a sandwich board, not wearing it.
So that’s my piece. The Emperor’s new clothes are a fraud, and so are mesh clothes. I have a three piece mesh outfit I bought for upwards of L$3,000: jeans, shirt, and sports coat. I look like Gumby when I wear it. I’m not wearing it any more.
No. I think the real force behind this mesh thing might just be modesty. I think mesh might be a reaction against the rampant sexualization of women in SL and the tight, revealing clothes they have to wear. I think maybe it’s driven by body-fatigue and by a desire for clothes that conceal more than they revea., Mesh, with its inherent dowdiness, is the perfect antidote to carnality. Mesh is the burkha of Second Life.
I hope I’m wrong. I hope it hasn’t come to this. There must be something else to this whole mesh stampede that I’m just missing. If so, I wish someone would explain it to me.