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(Gawker)   Everything you wanted to know about Tumblr otherkin but were afraid to ask. It's "made up mostly of teenagers and 20-somethings who, if they'd never read bell hooks, would be casting spells in the woods behind the 7-11"   (gawker.com) divider line 105
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2012-09-07 01:29:24 PM  
What the hell...
 
2012-09-07 02:00:18 PM  
Do 7-11 stores commonly have woods behind them?
 
2012-09-07 02:07:57 PM  
i36.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-07 02:53:18 PM  
What is this I don't even
 
2012-09-07 02:53:35 PM  
They've gotten a hold of the Sociology 101 textbooks.

God help us all.
 
2012-09-07 02:54:03 PM  
I don't even want to ask Gawker.

Someone summarize.
 
2012-09-07 02:55:00 PM  
FTFA: Draven, in other words, is a Japanese wood creature from The Legend of Zelda who was born into the body of a regular white kid.

www.hellomagazine.com
 
2012-09-07 02:57:48 PM  
The article is trying to say that many people suffer from dissociative disorders. Sad, really.
 
2012-09-07 02:59:15 PM  
Some of these kids just need a good ass-kicking.
 
2012-09-07 03:01:50 PM  
The relationship between legitimate social justice activists and delusional weirdos is ever-changing

Heh.
 
2012-09-07 03:07:49 PM  
wd10.photoblog.pl
 
2012-09-07 03:08:51 PM  

Stabone33: What is this I don't even


chzjustcapshunz.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-09-07 03:09:46 PM  

Big Beef Burrito: I don't even want to ask Gawker.

Someone summarize.


A bunch of people suffer from dissociative disorders, but have the misfortune of living in the internet age; so their actions go from a private matter not discussed outside of the immediate neighborhood/town to easy access by any number of internet users. Gawker, sensing a opportunity to mine clicks, writes an exploitative article that satiates the primitive need of people to belittle the strange behavior of others in order to feel superior.
 
2012-09-07 03:10:31 PM  

Stabone33: What is this I don't even


And

NowhereMon: [i36.photobucket.com image 528x384]


Comine for
memearchive.net

/Last one, I promise...
 
2012-09-07 03:10:33 PM  
One can support people who feel disassociated from society and "other" without supporting the baseless rationalizations for such feelings.

E.g., I support your right to grow your hair longer and growl at people you don't like even as I totally denounce your "wolf soul in a human body" claim.
 
2012-09-07 03:11:59 PM  
Great. So its the "Next big thing" on the internet that I've never farking heard of.
 
2012-09-07 03:13:55 PM  

Big Beef Burrito: I don't even want to ask Gawker.

Someone summarize.


One of the problems with the Internet is that it has enabled some very sick people to sit in a circle and reassure each other that they are not sick.
 
2012-09-07 03:14:12 PM  

Big Beef Burrito: I don't even want to ask Gawker.

Someone summarize.


apparently the odd kids/teens from the pre-internet days who used to embrace wicca or other counter-culture groups as a way to find acceptance now go on tumblr and other blog spots and claim they are really animals, fictional creatures from literature or games or pop culture. This would be generally as harmless as the wiccan kids or the goths were, except they apparently think that their struggle is on par with people like transgenders, which can have the impact of cheapening the real struggle those folks face by making the entire concept come across as flippant or silly.
 
2012-09-07 03:14:18 PM  
Um... wow...

These people make me look a little more normal.

... but only a little.
 
2012-09-07 03:21:18 PM  
I understand the therianthropes and otherkin who use creatures from long-standing mythology, but I will never understand those who believe that they are the spirit of a fictional creature whose origin is a modern book, show, or film.

The Na'vi otherkin were specifically hilarious.
 
2012-09-07 03:22:00 PM  
I am the Emperor of Mankind!
 
2012-09-07 03:24:19 PM  
This isn't so bad. My soul, for instance, is that of an alcoholic primate.

You can CLAIM your science and 'disassociativity' all you want, but I know it's magic. I was born different than you people, and you should't judge people based on what's inside any more than what's on the outside.
 
2012-09-07 03:26:25 PM  
That Twitter account is phenomenal though.

///I have no affiliation with the Twitter account, other than I follow it now.
 
2012-09-07 03:28:57 PM  

bersl2: I understand the therianthropes and otherkin who use creatures from long-standing mythology, but I will never understand those who believe that they are the spirit of a fictional creature whose origin is a modern book, show, or film.

The Na'vi otherkin were specifically hilarious.


Those kids give the rest of us a bad name. I was at a circle once, trying to commune with my inner beast, and these three blue-painted weirdos come running in, claiming my bonfire was killing their tree of souls or whatever. I was all "Fark, guys, it's just a movie. Now go away before I start to change, I won't be able to control myself".
 
2012-09-07 03:29:07 PM  
OMG SUGOI!

I'm SOOO glad this story is out there spreading awareness. Baka haters just don't wakarimasu (understand) people who are different than them. I was confused for a long time but after I watched the super kawaii show My Little Pony: Nakama is Mahou, I realized I was in fact a a Japanese pegasi living in Equestria in a previous life. I was actually there when it was founded, and helped defeat the Windigos and unite with the other clans.

I have a blog I started to share with everyone and create a safe place for others like myself and there are no kimoi gaijin to make fun of us.
 
2012-09-07 03:35:39 PM  
I'm a metaphysical solipsist so I'm really getting a kick out of this...
 
2012-09-07 03:42:00 PM  
I'm confused why they called out demisexuality specifically. The sexuality spectrum is a whole 'nother can of worms; it's not like demisexuality is a phenomena exclusive to Otherkin.
 
2012-09-07 03:44:32 PM  
This isn't germane to the article, but I'd like to point out that ever since Redclouds went to complete and utter sh#t, Tumblr is the internet's finest repository of adult-related material. Carry on.
 
2012-09-07 03:46:57 PM  

Yuri Futanari: OMG SUGOI!

I'm SOOO glad this story is out there spreading awareness. Baka haters just don't wakarimasu (understand) people who are different than them. I was confused for a long time but after I watched the super kawaii show My Little Pony: Nakama is Mahou, I realized I was in fact a a Japanese pegasi living in Equestria in a previous life. I was actually there when it was founded, and helped defeat the Windigos and unite with the other clans.

I have a blog I started to share with everyone and create a safe place for others like myself and there are no kimoi gaijin to make fun of us.


I ... I ... just

I love you man... Your posts make my world a better place to live in.
 
2012-09-07 03:47:51 PM  
Resplendant!

images3.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-09-07 03:48:01 PM  
Are otherkin about to become the new furries?

Or are furries included in otherkin?
 
2012-09-07 03:48:32 PM  

palelizard: This isn't so bad. My soul, for instance, is that of an alcoholic primate.

You can CLAIM your science and 'disassociativity' all you want, but I know it's magic. I was born different than you people, and you should't judge people based on what's inside any more than what's on the outside.


Hah! I can one up you on that. No magic needed! I am an alcoholic primate.

/Particularily when I don't bother to shave.
//Wanna see me throw poo? Take away my bottle.
 
2012-09-07 03:51:42 PM  
I don't know about all that jibber jabber. I like Tumblr because porn.
 
2012-09-07 03:54:15 PM  

tlchwi02: apparently the odd kids/teens from the pre-internet days who used to embrace wicca or other counter-culture groups as a way to find acceptance now go on tumblr and other blog spots and claim they are really animals, fictional creatures from literature or games or pop culture. This would be generally as harmless as the wiccan kids or the goths were, except they apparently think that their struggle is on par with people like transgenders, which can have the impact of cheapening the real struggle those folks face by making the entire concept come across as flippant or silly.


farm1.static.flickr.com
 
2012-09-07 03:54:16 PM  
I'm reading, and thinking, "When do I find out what a bell hook is?"
 
2012-09-07 03:56:02 PM  
Nothing that a strong dose of Abilify or some shock treatment couldn't cure.
 
2012-09-07 03:56:31 PM  

creepy jackalope eye: I don't know about all that jibber jabber. I like Tumblr because porn.

 
2012-09-07 03:57:22 PM  
Transethnic people are hilarious. They try to say that they're a minority person born in a white person's body. And they usually end up being unintentionally or intentionally racist against the group they claim to truly be.
 
2012-09-07 03:57:36 PM  
www.theorycards.org.uk

I'm guessing the lack of capitals in her name means she's a distant relative to e.e. cummings.
 
2012-09-07 03:58:35 PM  
I'd say 90% of the people who do these transethnic, otherkin, and even transabled (pretending to be disabled when you're not) blogs are just doing it to make fun of the tumblr dialogue around transgenders. They're not trying to make fun of transgender people themselves, mind you, but rather the sometimes-idiotic lens through which a minority of them (especially the ones on tumblr) view the world.
 
2012-09-07 04:00:39 PM  

Scythed: I'd say 90% of the people who do these transethnic, otherkin, and even transabled (pretending to be disabled when you're not) blogs are just doing it to make fun of the tumblr dialogue around transgenders. They're not trying to make fun of transgender people themselves, mind you, but rather the sometimes-idiotic lens through which a minority of them (especially the ones on tumblr) view the world.


It's all a joke until someone becomes serious about it.
 
2012-09-07 04:01:36 PM  
Draven, in other words, is a Japanese wood creature from The Legend of Zelda who was born into the body of a regular white kid.

We're gonna have one big weird post-apocalyptic society, right?.
 
2012-09-07 04:03:42 PM  

Heliodorus: Big Beef Burrito: I don't even want to ask Gawker.

Someone summarize.

A bunch of people suffer from dissociative disorders, but have the misfortune of living in the internet age; so their actions go from a private matter not discussed outside of the immediate neighborhood/town to easy access by any number of internet users. Gawker, sensing a opportunity to mine clicks, writes an exploitative article that satiates the primitive need of people to belittle the strange behavior of others in order to feel superior.


Indeed. Let's all point and laugh at Gawker's pathetic pandering.

/it's the circle of liiiiiife
 
2012-09-07 04:03:59 PM  
CSB: Back in 1992 when I was online a lot playing MOOs, MUDs, and the like, I had met several people at nearby colleges. Once I went on a road trip to visit them with a friend of mine. The most entertaining group we ever ran into was a bunch of folks down in Connecticut. The stand-outs in that crowd were a sophomore chick who practiced Wicca, shaved half her head, but by all other accounts was the hottest chick I have ever seen.

Her friend was very odd though-- she thought she was a vampire. It was a Saturday and we were playing Frisbee on the quad when the vampire chick (who was wearing hat, sunglasses, gloves, long sleeve shirt and jeans on a rather warm day) started to complain that her sun exposure was at a maximum and she would soon die if she didn't get inside. Her friends acted as if this was an actual emergency and we went back inside. Later in the evening we went to get dinner and she ordered steak tips. She requested them raw, and when the restaurant wouldn't go for it, settled for "really rare" telling them that any blood should be sufficient.

The moral of the story is there are farked up people on the Internet and this is not a new thing.
 
2012-09-07 04:04:41 PM  

theorellior: tlchwi02: apparently the odd kids/teens from the pre-internet days who used to embrace wicca or other counter-culture groups as a way to find acceptance now go on tumblr and other blog spots and claim they are really animals, fictional creatures from literature or games or pop culture. This would be generally as harmless as the wiccan kids or the goths were, except they apparently think that their struggle is on par with people like transgenders, which can have the impact of cheapening the real struggle those folks face by making the entire concept come across as flippant or silly.

[farm1.static.flickr.com image 400x500]


do furries need protection? they already wear animal masks and costumes. nobody knows who they are if they don't decide to make an issue of it.

actually tbh, i don't get the goals of these supposed otherkin. its not like there is any sort of legal ramifications if everyone acknowledges you are a cat/elf/cyclops reincarnation of shakespeare or if nobody does. so as long as they are happy saying they are a japanease vampire, whats the point if anyone else does
 
2012-09-07 04:05:37 PM  

roc6783: That Twitter account is phenomenal though.

///I have no affiliation with the Twitter account, other than I follow it now.


I started following that account a while ago, figuring it would be good for laughs. But more often than not I have to google a dozen words from any given tweet to figure out what the fark is being said.
 
2012-09-07 04:06:38 PM  

meat0918: Are otherkin about to become the new furries?

Or are furries included in otherkin?


Making fun of Otherkin pre-dates Furries. Technically Bronies are the new Furries, unless we've gone full circle and are making fun of Otherkin again.
 
2012-09-07 04:06:47 PM  
All this shiat does it remind me of a girl i was hitting on in college,

Met her at the library, small talk here and there. Weeks go by, kept talking. Eventually get to texting and things seem to be going well....when she reveals that she a "transethnic animal soul" to use her words. That she had the beating heart and soul of a proud lioness like from the Lion King. She wanted me to join her...pride of fellow lions....not all of which were the same gender as their "inner self."

No matter how long it's been since i've gotten laid, i was not that desperate.
 
2012-09-07 04:09:44 PM  

tlchwi02: do furries need protection? they already wear animal masks and costumes. nobody knows who they are if they don't decide to make an issue of it.


I just love the image's unspoken message that furries and otherkin are this noble group of downtrodden souls who *will* get equal rights one day, by Gawd!
 
2012-09-07 04:14:14 PM  
I was wondering where all these people went after LiveJournal went out of style.
 
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