("Mine is canine," he says: "I wouldn't know what a meerkat penis looks like.") Now he keeps an eye-popping and exhaustive list of his preferred activities online. But online you could be a hammer and have sex with a desk if you wanted.
If you can build it or animate it, you can do it." For those of us whose sexual experiences have so far been limited to the realms of the possible, this is mind-boggling stuff; but Second Life, at the moment the dominant virtual world for cybersex (up to 15 million people have logged on at some time since its creation in 2003), may not be cutting-edge for very long.
From his Brisbane home, 42-year-old Kyle Dawson would pay a woman in the Philippines named Joann for live sex shows over webcam.
However, it was not enough for Dawson, who convinced Joann to involve children in the webcam shows."That was what we call the grooming method, whereby through his conversations he then encouraged them to bring children into the child exploitation shows and those shows were then broadcast," Anthony Maguire, a Manila-based agent for the AFP, said.
On the wall of his rented virtual house, he had hung a picture of Bugs Bunny with his backside jutted provocatively in the air. "I should say," he adds, "that I have no urge to jump a fox if I see one in the woods." "You can do things online today that you could hardly imagine in real life," says Brenda Brathwaite, a games designer and historian of sex in games.
He frequently finds himself in scrapes with tigers, whose barbed penises cause him no end of imaginary agony – and delight. "Are there really voraphiles, people who like being eaten, in the real world?
But the potential in this is just phenomenal." In the meantime, though, Journalist Hellershanks was still without a penis, and so I clicked the location of a nearby sex shop and sent him teleporting on his way.
The shop in question was Strokerz Toyz, a vast, gleaming digital emporium that could satisfy even the most lascivious Second Lifer.
In March last year, the AFP raided his Brisbane property.These days, online sex – or, to put it another way, computer-assisted masturbation – is a seriously complicated business.Shopping for genitalia is very far from the most unusual activity going on here.When I first deposited Journalist Hellershanks in Second Life, I wanted him to stand out.I gave him a shock of bright- orange hair, and a crisp white shirt, and I adjusted his height to about six-foot-four.