Can we atleast enjoy the ride? If anyone wants to add on or if anyone has corrections please either rb or dm me or send an ask! Otherkin is where you identify as a non-human. For example, I believe in past lives and somewhat of a multiverse?
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When she was 9 or 10 years old, Jessie read a book that would change her life forever: Julie of the Wolves , a story about a young girl who bonds with a wolf pack to survive in the Alaskan tundra. It precipitated Jessie's realization that she identified as a wolf herself. Plenty of kids are obsessive, but for Jessie, her love of wolves became a lifestyle and a spiritual experience, including "phantom shifts," or episodes where she felt the physical characteristics of being a wolf.
This was comforting to put myself into another place. Whether this is mental or spiritual, I don't really know. I still do a version of this to this day, and I know it's felt like both. I'm diagnosed with depression and generalized anxiety, and there are many days where putting myself in 'wolf mind' helps to relax me. In day-to-day life, year-old Jessie, a college graduate who's worked as a receptionist and in a casino, is relatively open about her wolf identity.
It's not something she shares with her coworkers, but she's out to her close friends and boyfriend, and sometimes she wears a tail to the mall. She is a member of the "otherkin" community, a term used by people who identify as nonhuman, either in a spiritual sense or in terms of genuine physical dysphoria.
As that old New Yorker cartoon puts it, "On the internet, nobody knows you're a dog. If you truly believe that you're not human, people on the internet will probably be the first to know. That's where the term "otherkin" first sprang up in the early '90s, in quiet little online culs-de-sac dedicated to those who believed they were dragons and elves. To someone who thinks of him- or herself as otherkin, the issue is one not of mental illness but of freedom of expression.
Adalen identifies as "not fully human. They might come across the idea of otherkin and realize they are not alone. Other times, they might have a sudden spiritual experience or revelation that leads them to the conclusion that they are otherkin.
These ideas are reflected in accounts I've read online and from other people I contacted for this article. They are still namechecked on otherkin timelines and various commemorative websites.
Wolfkitten came up through otherkin mailing lists in the early '90s, but, she added, "I stopped being active online a good 10 years ago. I don't have much contact at all with any sort of formal community at this point, nor would I particularly want to.
The accessibility of Reddit and Tumblr has irrevocably changed the way the otherkin community operates, making everything more visible and public. For old-timers, a few of the private mailing lists are still going, such as the year-old Elfinkind Digest.
Its minimalist homepage was last updated in August with a warning : "This is not a list for or about role-playing or role-playing games; we're elves.
Deal with it. If you believe yourself to be an elf, is it more damaging to be socially isolated and hide your identity from the world or to go online and have other people confirm your beliefs? As the community began to float to the surface of the Internet, along came the jokes, the judgment, and the condescending concern from outsiders.
I have told exactly zero people I did not meet first through the internet. You don't come to the conclusion that you're a dragon without a certain amount of self-examination. Many otherkin are aware that some outsiders think they're delusional. The psychiatric professionals I contacted for this story, however, were surprisingly forgiving.
Marc D. Feldman, clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Alabama and inventor of the term " Munchausen by internet ," told me that otherkin didn't seem like a good fit for mental health treatment. But it isn't illegal, doesn't victimize other people, and isn't a form of mental illness unless people become delusional about it , so I don't see a particular need for 'treatment.
Jan Dirk Blom, an expert in clinical lycanthropy the delusion of turning into an animal , has a similar opinion, saying that unless an otherkin individual is suffering, there's no reason to seek professional help. In his opinion, the otherkin experience of "phantom shifts" may not be as unusual as it sounds: "In my area of expertise, i.
Online, the story of otherkin feels familiar. Self-discovery, obscure message boards, communities with byzantine internal conflicts: It's all very similar to the subcultures that spring up around any unusual identity or hobby — bronies being an obvious example. Posts on the main otherkin subreddit are a split between curious skeptics "This smells like bullshit. Please explain why you think it isn't" and otherkin looking for advice from their peers "I think I am a direwolf.
Now what? You'd think otherkin would see more sympathy from this intersection of fringe communities, but instead the general attitude has a more mocking tone: "Well, I may be weird, but at least I'm not as weird as these guys. There is one area where otherkin are a source of genuine conflict rather than casual mockery, and that's when people draw comparisons with transgender issues. The fallacy would say that since people identify as another gender, they will soon have an operation to change into a dog.
To quite a few trans individuals and those opposed, we may appear as that argument personified. It's a difficult issue, one compounded by the fact that many otherkin also identify as transgender themselves. I think that the first people to connect otherkin to transgender were bigots looking for an excuse to disrespect transgender people. Some of these bigots went the troll path and created fake blogs. It's been very easy for people to troll the otherkin community with fake Tumblr accounts claiming to have outlandish identities like Prince-Koyangi , the "autistic pangender asexual demiromantic trans-Asian cat" with multiple personalities.
Prince-Koyangi's posts combined social-justice-friendly language with an increasingly bizarre set of traits, and while most readers quickly figured out the blog was a hoax, it still inspired a lot of discussion over whether it's possible to be too accepting.
And since there are some people who give every impression of identifying as inanimate objects or anime characters known as otakukin , it can be difficult to tell the difference between a hoax and the real thing. I find it so utterly absurd that a movement whose original purpose was to defend the rights of POC, trans individuals, and other oppressed groups has been co-opted by people who believe they are dragons or that they have Homestuck characters living inside their head.
It's hilarious to me. It's also incredibly offensive. But according to the otherkin I spoke to, comments like this just make things worse. Because hoax blogs are by nature more noticeable than the real thing; they attract more attention and create inaccurate stereotypes.
According to Miniar, these otherkin hoax blogs have created "a neverending circle" of trolls making jokes that blur the lines between trans people and otherkin. Jessie agreed.
If someone is claiming to be a pizzakin and shrieking that anchovies are triggering, they're a troll. It disheartens me to see that people don't grasp that at times. While the narrative of the crazy otherkin blogger has become a meme, the stereotype isn't always based in fact. One of the people I contacted for this article identifies as a genderfluid Night Fury dragon from the movie How to Train Your Dragon — in other words, perhaps the most Tumblr-stereotypical image of an otherkin.
But even that person said: "The situation has been sorely misrepresented. Otherkin is not a trans identity, nor is it to be used to get into trans spaces. Like Miniar, the dragon otherkin mentioned the issue of "neopronouns" as one of the reasons why people think otherkin are encroaching on trans identities. This idea is heavily parodied as an example of identity politics gone mad, and Tumblr's neopronouns tag is a journey down the rabbit hole of pronoun-related flamewars.
This backlash makes a lot of sense. However, none of the otherkin I spoke to were in the habit of using neopronouns, and they seemed very aware of the difference between "otherkin problems," like being teased on the internet, and the systemic oppression faced by transgender people. We just want to be. Read the rest of this story at The Kernel. Gavia Baker-Whitelaw.
When she was 9 or 10 years old, Jessie read a book that would change her life forever: Julie of the Wolves , a story about a young girl who bonds with a wolf pack to survive in the Alaskan tundra. It precipitated Jessie's realization that she identified as a wolf herself. Plenty of kids are obsessive, but for Jessie, her love of wolves became a lifestyle and a spiritual experience, including "phantom shifts," or episodes where she felt the physical characteristics of being a wolf. This was comforting to put myself into another place. Whether this is mental or spiritual, I don't really know. I still do a version of this to this day, and I know it's felt like both.
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