Utherverse and Red Light Center are pretty easy to mock. Why don’t these people just get out and meet real people in real life? Maybe get some real, actual sex? Isn’t the Internet teeming with ways for real people to get really filthy?

Sure, but “Sigmilla,” a fortysomething woman and Utherverse member since 2008, offers some insight into the allure of an online world. “I joined it kinda by accident looking for other social sites, and I’ve been on here ever since,” she says. “On here you can interact with people from around the world, something that doesn’t always happen in real life,” she continues. While most subscribers are from North America, there are plenty that aren’t, and that instantaneous global reach draws in most of those users. “So it isn’t all about sex?” I ask. “Well, yeah, that’s part of it,” she responds.

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Virtual dance party...with virtual butt crack

Active users like Sigmilla customize their world, designing “Zabys” or fake living spaces that range from small apartments to country mansions, plus the clothing they wear, the items they use, and even the different iterations of the digital skin they have underneath those clothes — different types of muscles, scales, or purple fur. Sigmilla has two jobs in the Utherverse: as virtual event planner and, yes, a virtual model, something she probably wouldn’t do in real life.

While Sigmilla models in exchange for Utherverse virtual cash called “Rays,” others do more nefarious things for those fake dollars. SaphyreRose is an Utherverse call girl — and she’s the best there is. So good, in fact, that the AEVC honored her as this year’s Best Verified Working Girl. Her in-world husband (yes, Utherverse hosts about a thousand virtual marriages a year), Eros, shared the honor as this year’s Best Working Guy. Utherverse’s working guys and girls like Rose and Eros book virtual sex sessions with Ray-paying customers. The couple — in an open, long-distance relationship with each other in real life — revels in being virtual royalty of the profession.

Rose personally walks me through the seedier side of virtual online sex. Each encounter takes place in any number of virtual bedrooms or spaces decorated according to taste. “It’s very alluring ... very erotic,” she says. “Well, it can be with the right person and the right chemistry and the right setting. Some think it strange, but it’s really just a new avenue of enjoying sexuality.” During a session, communicated through text or voice chat, each participant controls their naked or partially clothed avatar through a variety of sex acts and positions, which all build to a (somewhat comical) animated climax.

Rose charges an hourly rate of Rays and services dozens of clients a week — all of whom leave her charming and positive feedback on her personal page. They seem to appreciate that Rose is verified as a real person with real pictures, though she generally doesn’t show her whole face in her photos, or use the site’s webcam. “I’m on the PTA,” she says, “We can’t have that getting around the web.... It might show up on Mysluts.com or something or be seen by the school principal.”

During her AEVC talk, with her warm and inviting Midwestern accent, she could be mistaken for a scrap-booking lecturer, but instead she’s advising would-be virtual sex workers on the benefits of stewarding their clients. “If there is no chemistry with a client, there’s nothing wrong with telling them that you two wouldn’t mesh ... but you have to be gentle so you don’t hurt someone’s feelings,” she cautions the crowd. There’s definitely a positive community vibe here. Rose’s lecture is one of the few AEVC sessions that are specifically geared towards the Utherverse world.

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An interview with porn legend Seka

Over the remainder of three real-life days, the convention introduced sessions with real-world porn starlets like Aurora Snow and industry pioneers like Seka. Mixed in were more intense freedom of speech kinds of sessions, and a bummer of a condom law lecture.

Starlet Sabrina Deep, best known for her marathon group sex videos and fan inclusion, gives that bummer lecture, clarifying for fans the new California condom laws that threaten the adult industry’s historic home base in Los Angeles. While her arguments questioning the safety of condoms fall flat, her impassioned portrayal of the industry’s enemies rings solid. “Due to the nature of productions, the adult entertainment industry makes for an easy target for many individuals, organizations with personal, political, and religious agendas,” she says.

Seka, one of the first major porn stars, answers a number of questions about the early days of porn with the class of a debutante. “In the late ’70s and early ’80s, I didn’t even drink.... I was so fricken naïve,” she says. She also calls out current performers for their party lifestyles. “I enjoy my job. I’m not a lazy porn star! Excuse me bitches, you put on your bra one titty at time, just like everyone else,” she crows to virtual giggles.

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