The “wow xkin is so great” posts on the #otherkin and related tags are annoying. And condescending. And just fucking insulting.
I’ve seen more posts and heard more about things like barking, growling, howling, etc. in public.
For me, although I may...
I’ll be honest. I thought a lot, and I mean a lot, about...
trying to find nice things for friends in the otherkin tag is impossible people just want more drama? i want people to talk about...
A guy named adamvice came into the Otherkinsight IRC chat earlier. He proceeded to ask demographic information that seemed (increasingly) suspicious. From reading the logs that I was shown, I can see that what was asked was likely written up prior. Upon further inspection, this guy works for the video department for vice.com, and may have been conducting an unethical interview, as no prior consent had been given. He currently denies what the staff at Otherkinsight suspect, however I strongly encourage everyone to ignore this person for their own safety. This is a message posted as a precaution. What we believe may or may not be correct.
Confirmed, I just received this email:
My name is Adam, I’m from London, England.
I wanted to get in touch after coming across your site, seeing that you organise meet ups within the Otherkin/ therian community.
Something I think I should tell you off the bat, is that I work for Vice.com, a news and entertainment company.
I’m genuinely interested in Otherkin and the worldwide community that has come to be, and please trust that I am being completely honest and forthgiving with you.
I am looking more deeply into Otherkin now aside from my own personal interest, as I believe it would be an amazing and thought provoking documentary focus, shedding a little more light on something which can often being falsely interpreted.
You should know I’m not asking anything of you, I’m not asking you to be part of this or to tell me the ins and outs of yourself and your community, I just thought from your site you seem to be quite a inviting person who might be willing to speak to me.
For the time being I’d just really like to learn a little more about Otherkin and your community as a whole, I think it’s so interesting and to be fair, I’m a little jealous.
Do you think we could have a chat about this at all?
Any questions or anything like that please tell me.
New North Place
London, EC2A 4JA
So, lately I’ve been alerted to a big argument on the internet (always a good start) over the over people who are…
You would do well directing such a response to the author of the article, on his blog, rather than to me. I didn’t write this, though I agree with it, and to the best of my knowledge the author is not on tumblr at this time though he is aware of it.
And while you try to state that you do not support comparing the social struggle of those who are trans with the experience of therianthropes, the article strongly promotes the continuing appropriation of the trans narrative to describe therianthropic experience. In your own words, which you quoted in this essay, “therianthropes could be called transpecies”.
You try to create a division that does not naturally exist: “So to summarize: equating the struggles of trans* people with that of therians is problematic; comparing gender identity and animality is usually fine; comparing trans* experiences and therian ones are okay if one is both trans*, therian and not making generalizations about others.”
And you explicitly go on to ignore that division when you state: “It is very important to remember that if trans* people had not used self-determination and self-diagnosis in the 50-60′s and on, insisting to their doctors that they would need hormones and surgery to get better, then they would certainly not have had results.” This directly equates the experiences and struggle of trans with that of therians again in support of the idea that therians can and should self-diagnose “species identity” and “species dysphoria”.
I think the reply is spot on.
PS: Sorry about this originally going to my other account - that one is not meant for personal opinions like this, it was an error in reblogging that I didn’t catch until after I hit submit.
Okay so my “friend” got mad at me for turning a few people. Lets get this straight. I only turn the people who need it and are willing. I’ve saved some people from suicide. So before you go out and start saying I’m “the wolf they warn you about in fairy tales.” Just remember you’re dealing with an alpha.
Therianthropy in no way involves “turning”, willing or unwilling.
Myth#3: If you are bitten by a were/therian you will turn into one.
Truth: This particular myth (in relation to werewolves anyway) is speculated to have been formed during the werewolf trials in france due to the outbreak of rabies, which is well known to be transmitted by bite. However, this is pure myth. Therians are born the way they are, they are not made or turned in anyway. If one was not born a Therian, I do not know of anyway to become one. Many people have tried to ‘convince’ themselves they are, or pretend that they are, but this typically does more harm than good. Eventually the individual realizes that they are not therians, suffer a somewhat traumatic identity crisis, and then leave the therian community to find their true selves.
Who here is a Therian, Otherkin, or Fictionkin who doesn’t feel species dysphoria? I’m really curious.
Sure. :) Here are a few resources:
In general, the more practice you have shifting voluntarily, the easier it will be to control involuntary shifts.
Here are a few links to get you started:
Tucson Otherkin Meetup is a monthly meetup for vampires, donors, otherkin, and therians in the area of Tucson, Arizona run by Sanguinarius. It takes place on the second Friday of every month, with occasional additional meetups at other times. It has been ongoing since November, 2009.
Learn more about otherkin meetups here.
Here are a few links to get you started: