Partee Mytili, New Wave Pornstar

We are on the precipice of porn’s Golden Age. What started out as a lark, sprung full form out of Second Life Lifetime Member Marilyn Murphy’s head, has blossomed into a virtual niche industry blessing it’d members with fame, fortune and drama unparalleled in the histories of segments of SL play. What fashion model has had such a meteoric and tumultuous ride to the top of her industry as Jennnnna Jameson. Best of Second Life Magazine’s founder Frolic Mills’ name holds notoriety but has none of the negative connotations associated with the founder of Slut Magazine. Frolic’s famous.  Jumpman Lane is notorious. 2011 Pixel X Porn Newcomer of the Year Meg Corral had to stare down a legion of haters, to scratch and claw her to the top of movie-making, during Porn Machinima’s infancy in a way that noted Second Life Machinimst Draxtor Despres would have pissed his meatspace pants before undertaking the task of uploading his first film had he dreamt his battle would have been as hard. Meg Corral has grit. Porn in Second Life requires it.

SL Porn is a dirty business. Much of the time it is a thankless endeavor. The trials are too many, the rewards too few. Yet, every once in a while an innovator pops up and changes the whole landscape, like a signal flower rising amongst the scraggly grass of a garbage heap.

In this six part series, we will lay out the organized SEX community, known as Porn, in Second Life. We will chronicle it’s cutural highlights and high water marks. We will tell you EXACTLY WHY Partee Mytili and The New Wave Pornstars have ushered in Porn’s Golden Age…

Porn was born out of the bored musings of a certain snotty olbie by the name if Marilyn Murphy, actually a very good friend of a very good friend of mine (Lady Dawson). So, yes, I’ve met her.

Urizenus Sklar: Ok, Marilyn, maybe we’ll start with some context setting historical questions..
Urizenus Sklar: is SL the first MMORPG you have been in?
Marilyn Murphy: yes
Urizenus Sklar: when did you join?
Marilyn Murphy: i came here from solitaire
Urizenus Sklar: when was that?
Marilyn Murphy: 7/23/03
Urizenus Sklar: were you in the bdsm lifestyle before you got here?
Marilyn Murphy: oh you mean d/s no not at all
Urizenus Sklar: so you discovered it here?
Marilyn Murphy: yes
Marilyn Murphy: about january i actually studied and learned what it was about// still learning of course// before that i had been approached quite a bit to be domme due to my gaming practices
Urizenus Sklar: is that before or after you started Players?
Marilyn Murphy: i started Players in january
Marilyn Murphy: i had closed my club and retired, retirement did not suit me
Urizenus Sklar: What kind of club did you run earlier?
Marilyn Murphy: i ran the first successful exotic dance club in the game
Marilyn Murphy: club vogue
Urizenus Sklar: For my readers, what is an exotic dance club in SL?
Marilyn Murphy: they call them strip clubs now// its very different from the club i ran tho
Urizenus Sklar: there must not have been many dance animations then
Marilyn Murphy: no, i worked out two routines using the limited ones available, and had set music i danced to
Urizenus Sklar: did you have many dancers?
Marilyn Murphy: about 6
Urizenus Sklar: Why did you decide to start publishing Players?
Marilyn Murphy: ha ha, i was bored, and i read in the forums that no publication had made a go of it in sl// seemed that they were trying to publish how to guides and tech manuals and wondering why they did not sell
Urizenus Sklar: hahah
Marilyn Murphy: and i thought, doh…. uh.. what would sell
Marilyn Murphy: ha ha
Urizenus Sklar: did you have any experience in publishing?
Marilyn Murphy: none. Total experiment.
Urizenus Sklar: ok, so did you do this on your own or did you pull together some friends to help you?
Marilyn Murphy: well I hunted down people i knew and brow beat them into writing
Urizenus Sklar: hahaha
Marilyn Murphy: i did have a 1/3 partner on the first issue, but there were problems, and i took it solo after that
Urizenus Sklar: ok…In the Second Life Herald I speculated that this was the first erotic magazine of/for avatars. As far as you know is that true?
Marilyn Murphy: without a doubt
Urizenus Sklar: so Erogenous Zone came later?
Marilyn Murphy: yus
Urizenus Sklar: any other competition in SL now?
Marilyn Murphy: ha ha, i dont feel that i have any competition now
Urizenus Sklar: haha, *attempted* competition
Marilyn Murphy: someone runs to me and says did u hear they are putting out a new magazine…etc…etc… i hear that 6 times a month
Urizenus Sklar: lol
Marilyn Murphy: and i think i have seen like two others out personally for sale
Urizenus Sklar: ok, now how do you find people to be centerfolds or models or whatever we want to call them
Marilyn Murphy: i am approached by many
Marilyn Murphy: i will scout for it also
Marilyn Murphy: i like to find them on my own really
Urizenus Sklar: You look for talent in clubs?
Marilyn Murphy: no
Marilyn Murphy: just anywhere
Urizenus Sklar: do they get paid?
Marilyn Murphy: no
Marilyn Murphy: the first 3 issues did
Urizenus Sklar: they do it for fame?
Marilyn Murphy: no i dont think so
Marilyn Murphy: its fun
Urizenus Sklar: so they do it just for fun, yeah
Marilyn Murphy: yes
Marilyn Murphy: i do get turned down
Marilyn Murphy: it has happened
Marilyn Murphy: aimee weber wont do it, launa fauna wont, sigh, my holy grails
Urizenus Sklar: what does a copy of the magazine cost now?
Marilyn Murphy: 85 lindens
Urizenus Sklar: can you say anything about sales? Like how many copies you sell per issue?
Marilyn Murphy: i sell enuff to meet expenses
Urizenus Sklar: Well, what are the expenses?
Urizenus Sklar: not the numbers, but what costs do you run into
Marilyn Murphy: uploading photos, for every layout i upload over 20 pics, then i pay for articles
Urizenus Sklar: how much do you pay for articles?
Marilyn Murphy: depends on the article
Urizenus Sklar: do you pay by word?
Marilyn Murphy: nope
Marilyn Murphy: ha ha
Urizenus Sklar: ok, now I’ve only seen edition 6, and I sort of had the impression that its content was very much like that of a r/l mens magazine. is that just a function of the issue I saw?
Marilyn Murphy: they are playboy for sl
Marilyn Murphy: this mansion is the playboy mansion for sl
Urizenus Sklar: ok, so that is the intension. It’s a little surprising that you don’t have much content aimed at the bdsm lifestyle
Marilyn Murphy: i dont understand why that would be surprising i guess
Urizenus Sklar: well, there is a large community in the lifestyle here…
Urizenus Sklar: and you are a member…
Urizenus Sklar: and it seems that given the opportunity to start fresh you might do something different rather than something so similar to Playboy format
Marilyn Murphy: nope
Urizenus Sklar: well ok, why
Marilyn Murphy: it is not broken
Urizenus Sklar: so don’t fix it?
Marilyn Murphy: yus
Urizenus Sklar: Have you thought about releasing other magazines? — starting a publishing empire?
Marilyn Murphy: this is way more already than i really want// the work load is staggering, each model i publish in the magazine takes about 4 hours to shoot, edit and go over then file and name.
Marilyn Murphy: and that?s not dealing with writers
Urizenus Sklar: on average how many hours a day do you spend on the magazine?
Marilyn Murphy: go deal with writers for a day
Marilyn Murphy: oh, some days i just don?t do anything
Urizenus Sklar: but if you averaged it out over a month…
Marilyn Murphy: its like, okay i know i have a deadline i set
Marilyn Murphy: and because i am not getting some stuff i need i know its going to be missed
Marilyn Murphy: and i rush like mad to at least get the photography done
Marilyn Murphy: so for a week i work all day every day on it
Marilyn Murphy: then i chase writers when i am done with mine
Marilyn Murphy: then i publish
Urizenus Sklar: How does the distribution in game work?
Marilyn Murphy: i have friends who let me display in their stores,
Marilyn Murphy: and i go put up displays
Urizenus Sklar: How many distribution stands do you think you have?
Marilyn Murphy: about 25 i think
Urizenus Sklar: can you say whether your sales are in the hundreds of copies?
Marilyn Murphy: i can
Urizenus Sklar: ok… now when I posted a couple centerfolds on the Herald I got some comments…
Urizenus Sklar: some people say… this is sick. others say, this is silly. Any reaction to those reactions?
Marilyn Murphy: those people are not my customers
Urizenus Sklar: you don’t know, maybe they are, lol
Marilyn Murphy: could be
Marilyn Murphy: its fun
Marilyn Murphy: the bottom line is its fun, profit be damned
Urizenus Sklar: but let’s face it, for some people it?s not just cute, but is a masturbatory aid, no?
Marilyn Murphy: if they choose to use it in that fashion i am sure the girls would be very flattered
Urizenus Sklar: well have you thought about the differences between your erotica and Playboy? is there a difference?
Marilyn Murphy: none
Urizenus Sklar: no difference?
Marilyn Murphy: i pose girls in a tasteful way, i never show sex acts, its very mild porn, i don?t even think of it as porn,.. its not porn to me, its displaying talent, the ability to make an attractive female avatar with the tools provided, and i display that beauty at its best
Urizenus Sklar: well ok, but now some people will object like this: why use your talent to recapitulate the playboy aesthetic of women as childlike innocents? why not do something new different edgier?
Marilyn Murphy: ha ha, look, detractors complain about anything, you cant walk across the street without someone thinking u walk funny, let em say what they will, the girls who pose tell me its a lot of fun, its fun for me, and what are we here for???

Interview with virtual erotica publisher, Marilyn Murphy

by Alphaville Herald on 01/08/04 at 6:39 pm

Shortly, after Lady taught me to shoot pictures in Second Life in Windlight, when Windlight was still in beta, Lady, the muse, that great denoobifier said “well… If you want to make a dirty magazine, you may as well see what a dirty magazine in Second Life is like. You might want to start using your spellchecker too.” Well, Lady was wrong on the spellcheck advice (Jumpy got by hehehehe).  Yet, Jumpy is as obedient as a Syth apprentice when it comes to the bidding of his Oldbie master. Ever dutiful, he lurked around Murphy’s Players Dump. Marilyn Murphy never saw Slut Magazine coming…