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Daisy didn’t actually start communicating directly with the online spanking community until early 2007, in fact. ‘There was a function that allowed you to see what people were in a chat room and check their profiles without entering the room yourself. This is how my husband found me. I had a quote from one of Shakespeare’s plays in my profile, my future husband was highly educated and well-versed in Shakespeare. He 25 The couple chatted online during the course of the following year, but Daisy was cautious about giving too much personal information away, not least because many people are not honest.
One outfit that I could not change was my disability, it was a part of my wardrobe that was fixed whether I liked it or not, and it was helping to shape who I was becoming. 3 Enabling Technologies One thing I never did was hide online, just the opposite. I certainly never hid behind my disability. In fact, while the small matter of my being disabled was no big secret, it was not something I shouted from the rooftops either. I would no more introduce myself as Davey the wheelchair user than I would Davey the pagan or Davey the English bloke.
After all, my virtual personalities were just a mirror to my real-world experiences: whatever was happening in my life was magnified, exaggerated and exploded into the online world. If I was feeling down in the dumps, online I was suicidal. If I was going through a manic phase, online I was simply out of control. If nothing else, I was always quite openly me even when pretending to be something or someone else. This probably requires some explanation and I will try my best to provide it. Although the core identities of dwindera and Wavey Davey remained pretty constant, I found myself surrounded by numerous alternative personalities.