The Porno Baskets of Çatalhöyük
For Cal Day I’m furnishing the inside of one of the reconstructed Neolithic houses so we can change up our tour a little bit from our open house. In a lot of ways it has been a great mental exercise–having to figure out if I thought the ceiling was plastered, move the ladder to the correct angle coming out the top, decide if I wanted to put a goat/sheep or three on top of the house, things like that. I’m still not very good at the build tools in Second Life yet and we’re running out of time, so I’ve been getting things as close as possible on my own and then faking the rest with different purchases. Of course, these purchases are a little…off from what we know about the artifacts, but I’m doing my best.
I went hunting for baskets the other day, with the lovely preserved basket impressions that we get in the middens in mind, and found a few serviceable examples. The island where I got them was medieval themed and I thought nothing much of it until I found that most of the materials had some kind of action programmed into them. The plates turned you into a serving wench, the bucket made you scrub the floor, things like that. An interesting take on Latour, if I do say so myself.
Except…when I saw some of the other items. And I’m not just talking about the bed! I figured out that the whole island was themed after a series of science fiction books set in a world called “Gor” where the women are enslaved to the men as part of a “naturalized” social order. Well then!
So, these baskets. While they don’t have anything preprogrammed into them–at least I’m somewhat certain of that–they are basically BDSM set dressing.
I’m reclaiming them for the Neolithic.