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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
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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.
 
2012-09-07 04:15:26 PM  
Jesus. Just play D&D like every other socially awkard person. I love the internet, but Some people out not be on it.
 
2012-09-07 04:16:26 PM  
Also, a furry thread wouldn't be complete without this little gem:

i30.tinypic.com
 
2012-09-07 04:17:37 PM  

Expolaris: 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.


But you could've grabbed her by the scruff of her neck, blew your load in a few seconds, rolled off and said 'What, that's how lions do it' and then told her to go hunt for some goddamn food.
 
2012-09-07 04:17:55 PM  

tlchwi02: actually tbh, i don't get the goals of these supposed otherkin.


To express their teen angst at not living in a fantasy world.

I picked writing stuff I'll never publish as an outlet for that desire, but whatever floats your boat I suppose.
 
2012-09-07 04:18:01 PM  
He might present as human, yes, but really he's a "fictive and otherkin who, in previous lives, has been a Deku Scrub and a dark elf."

www.xenafan.com

"During the rectification of the Vuldronaii the Traveller came as a very large and moving Torb. Then of course in the third reconciliation of the last of the Meketrex supplicants they chose a new form for him, that of a Sloar. Many Shubs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Sloar that day I can tell you ! "
 
2012-09-07 04:18:29 PM  

theorellior: Also, a furry thread wouldn't be complete without this little gem:

[i30.tinypic.com image 545x720]

I have tried my very hardest to block that image out up to this point. I CANNOT UNSEE.

WonderStuff: Jesus. Just play D&D like every other socially awkard person.


While we're on a roll...
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-09-07 04:20:02 PM  

theorellior: Also, a furry thread wouldn't be complete without this little gem:

[i30.tinypic.com image 545x720]


www.caminodesantiago.me
 
2012-09-07 04:21:55 PM  

theorellior: Also, a furry thread wouldn't be complete without this little gem:

[i30.tinypic.com image 545x720]


W.

T.

F.


synapticnulship.com
 
2012-09-07 04:22:01 PM  

Expolaris: I have tried my very hardest to block that image out up to this point. I CANNOT UNSEE.


If that's an image that permanently seers into your retinas, you should probably abandon the internet.

While we're on a roll...
4.bp.blogspot.com


Poor Blackleaf... I love those tracts.
 
2012-09-07 04:22:19 PM  

theorellior: 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!


I remember a sci-fi short story I read once where all these groups won equal rights and public buildings were required to have twelve different bathrooms to accommodate all these different "identities".
 
2012-09-07 04:30:27 PM  
 
2012-09-07 04:32:02 PM  
It always amazes me that the Oatmeal Party image blows people's minds so much. I mean, goatse has been around for years and 2 girls 1 cup burned its way through the Interwebs a while ago, you'd think people would be numb by now. 

If you want to really blow your mind, just remember that image is a single page of an entire comic book series devoted to diaperfurs.
 
2012-09-07 04:32:53 PM  

fluffy2097: Expolaris: I have tried my very hardest to block that image out up to this point. I CANNOT UNSEE.

If that's an image that permanently seers into your retinas, you should probably abandon the internet.

While we're on a roll...
4.bp.blogspot.com

Poor Blackleaf... I love those tracts.


It has been seared....just....forgotten.

www.loltech.org
Christ man i can still remember a panel from this original comic..

See...i spent my time on 4chan instead of trolling Livejournal and Myspace. It's been many years since i've been back lurking but there are things i cannot unsee, mindfarks i cannot unfark. I spent my youth desensitizing myself to many of the atrocities of the internet...perhaps thats why i can trudge through threads like this without blinking much, but the ocasional ancient piece of history makes me herp so hard i derp.
 
2012-09-07 04:34:30 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.

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


I don't think they have any real legal goals as much as they're mad that normal people see them as freaks. They mistakenly believe that some sort of official acknowledgement or protected status would put an end to that.
 
2012-09-07 04:38:33 PM  

theorellior: you'd think people would be numb by now.


It's kind of one of those things that boarders on pornography. If it was anything other then oatmeal, you'd be banned right now. People expect Fark threads to be reasonably safe for work, so pictures of furries in diapers is kind of a shock to them. It's not like they're browsing 4chan.

When you think about it, It's not surprising there are furries into acting like babies. The whole denial of reality and not wanting to grow up is strong with that bunch.
 
2012-09-07 04:41:28 PM  

fluffy2097: If it was anything other then oatmeal, you'd be banned right now.


That's one of the reason's it's a favorite image of mine, it's so "ZOMGWTFBBQ?!?!?!" but at first glance it's just a cartoon of cute anthropomorphic animals. Totes safe for work, just not safe for your brain. ; )
 
2012-09-07 04:43:29 PM  

Expolaris: ocasional ancient piece of history makes me herp so hard i derp.


I understand that I had a fear of aliens (The greys) as a child from watching Communion and Fire in the Sky at way to young an age.

I finally got over it after years.

Then I was watching Lain and there is a scene with an alien in it. Damn near had a heart attack.
 
2012-09-07 04:44:58 PM  

fluffy2097: When you think about it, It's not surprising there are furries into acting like babies. The whole denial of reality and not wanting to grow up is strong with that bunch.


Eh, it looks more like layering fetishes to me. The thing I don't understand about most furries is why they insist on being lifestyle. They'd probably get a lot more mainstream acceptance if they were closer to weekend BDSM enthusiasts than a culture of leather daddies.
 
2012-09-07 04:45:50 PM  

theorellior: Also, a furry thread wouldn't be complete without this little gem:

[i30.tinypic.com image 545x720]


I hate you. I hate you so goddamn much. My quality of life just went down a small but statistically significant amount for having seen that.
 
2012-09-07 04:45:54 PM  
What a sad collection of attention whores/farked up personalities.

F*cking allah, I bet 90% of these people bring the hate on by simply acting so farked up.

You 'identify' as what?!?! A homosexual, transgender Japanese goblin with Furry proclivities?

Fark you. Go read 'Catcher in the Rye' ya loser.
 
2012-09-07 04:49:13 PM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: theorellior: 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!

I remember a sci-fi short story I read once where all these groups won equal rights and public buildings were required to have twelve different bathrooms to accommodate all these different "identities".


I remember a sci-fi short story I read once where a disease evolved that only killed assholes, and all the bigots and shiatheads died, and people didn't need identity politics to protect themselves any more.
 
2012-09-07 04:51:16 PM  

fluffy2097: Then I was watching Lain and there is a scene with an alien in it. Damn near had a heart attack.


Hahahaha. In college I got a sinus infection and had a bad fever, and one night I had a horrible fever dream where I was trapped in an enclosing organic pouch studded with thousands of rippling intestinal vilii. Fast forward a year later and I went to party at a friend's house, and as I walk in the living room the anime playing on the TV shows a young woman being consumed BY THAT EXACT METHOD. My head assploded.
 
2012-09-07 04:52:01 PM  
I'd say 90% of them are kids doing it for the attention. The other 10% would think they were Napoleon or Jesus or something if the movement didn't exist.

This sort of stuff happened before the internet, but they couldn't get together and reinforce each others delusions.
 
2012-09-07 04:53:14 PM  

theorellior: fluffy2097: Then I was watching Lain and there is a scene with an alien in it. Damn near had a heart attack.

Hahahaha. In college I got a sinus infection and had a bad fever, and one night I had a horrible fever dream where I was trapped in an enclosing organic pouch studded with thousands of rippling intestinal vilii. Fast forward a year later and I went to party at a friend's house, and as I walk in the living room the anime playing on the TV shows a young woman being consumed BY THAT EXACT METHOD. My head assploded.


www.theblacklaser.net

new.assets.thequietus.com

/NIGHTMARE FUEL
 
2012-09-07 04:58:13 PM  

palelizard: I hate you. I hate you so goddamn much. My quality of life just went down a small but statistically significant amount for having seen that.


Awwww, it'll be okay. Just think: no matter what weird things you do, you'll never match the WTFkery of wearing diapers filled with warm oatmeal.
 
2012-09-07 04:59:26 PM  
I scared myself again just finding this dude and his creepy smile.
i199.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-07 05:17:28 PM  

theorellior: palelizard: I hate you. I hate you so goddamn much. My quality of life just went down a small but statistically significant amount for having seen that.

Awwww, it'll be okay. Just think: no matter what weird things you do, you'll never match the WTFkery of wearing diapers filled with warm oatmeal.


*sniff* Yeah, yeah, *sniffle* I guess there is a bright side. I'm normal. I'M NORMAL!!!
cdn6.liquidtelevision.com
 
2012-09-07 05:36:14 PM  
Whatever. They can go ahead and think they're elves in human form as long as they permit me to believe I'm a handsome man in ugly man form.

Which is to say, that they can call me out on it at any time and tell me that it's bullshiat, and I can do the same to them, and if they work for me, I don't have to have separate unicorn bathrooms and separate elven bathrooms in addition to the normal three.
 
2012-09-07 05:40:04 PM  
I've never heard of transethnic.

That's some stupid shiat right there.
 
2012-09-07 05:42:38 PM  
Hahaha, Tumblr; such a horrid wasteland of whining. There are exactly two pages worth visiting:

Dog Shaming - People hanging signs on misbehaving pets
Pusheen the Cat - Pictures like this:
s3.amazonaws.com 

Pretty much everything else is terrible.
 
2012-09-07 05:47:04 PM  

offmymeds: I am the Emperor of Mankind!


Ave Imperator!
 
2012-09-07 05:51:43 PM  
Is the obvious tag on vacation?
 
2012-09-07 06:18:05 PM  
At what point can you say someone has schizophrenia exactly? Cause these motherfarkers are concocting some far out shiat here.
 
2012-09-07 06:23:10 PM  

Foxxinnia: At what point can you say someone has schizophrenia exactly?

It's not a clearly defined boundary.
brandonmichaelblack.com
 
2012-09-07 07:02:58 PM  

axalon: What the hell...


No kidding. What did I just read?
 
2012-09-07 07:32:45 PM  
Huh, I've been noticing this creep into the mainstream here and there. I actually consider myself an otherkin (no, it has nothing to do with gnomes, that's just a D&D related in-joke). I was much more active in the community about 12-14 years ago, helped run a chatroom, etc. I have seen some crazy people, but some of the ones they dug up for this article have me face palming.

Now, hear me out. I'm being 100% serious here. Personally, I find that my self-identity is a personal matter, and I don't spend a lot of time trying to force it on other people. From my point of view, I recognize that all of this could be explained away by mental disorders or borderline Aspberger's or any other purely clinical issue. And I don't mind when other people interpret it that way. Honestly, that'd be the reasonable explanation. But having this identity that I have figured out for myself is meaningful to me, and if nothing else, it's a convenient label I can use to put my own thoughts and actions into context. It helps me understand myself.

I don't pretend that I know this is a deep part of my soul or just something weird in my brain (or something I've seriously deluded myself into believing). But, friends who wind up hearing about my "other" nature tend to agree that they noticed it all along, so it seems like the label works for whatever reason.

I can get "fictives" only in the sense that any fictional character in some way represents an archetype within the collective unconscious. As such, sure, someone can strongly identify with characters and creatures within fiction. That doesn't mean that they _are_ that character, but I could see it as a tool for introspection. But a freaking supporting character from a video game does not have the kind of psychological gravitas to qualify, and that guy from the article is just being a tool.

And the ones that claim to have so many different otherkin types... they're usually pretty embarrassing. I know some respectable people who have 2 or 3 different types, but most of the time, especially when they have some long-ass list and they're constantly "discovering" new types, these people are full (fuller?) of shiat. Mostly I figure it's someone who decided they were an otherkin so they could be special, but then realized they had to be more special than everyone else. Usually the types they discover coincide with new movies and video games, or else someone else they are dating.

So, in conclusion, yes, there are stable, mature otherkin out there who aren't just big attention whores. But from my time spent in the communities, most of them are attention whores, or at least young people who need to indulge in some escapism to find their inner voice.
 
2012-09-07 07:58:26 PM  

ProfessorOhki: Hahaha, Tumblr; such a horrid wasteland of whining. There are exactly two pages worth visiting:

Dog Shaming - People hanging signs on misbehaving pets
Pusheen the Cat - Pictures like this:
[s3.amazonaws.com image 325x325]


Don't forget all the porn pages.
 
2012-09-07 08:30:02 PM  
HOW HAD I NEVER HEARD OF "OTHERKIN"?!!!?!?!? THIS IS THE MOST AWESOME THING EVER!!!

"his new set of otherkin (or those claiming to be otherkin) has grafted the academic language of identity politics and social justice activism onto their experiences. In doing so, they've transformed what Nick Mamatas' 2001 Village Voice story, "Elven Like Me," saw as a kind of new-age Burning Man-style subculture into a semi-politicized identity group."

I read that as "Eleven Like Me" -- so if you can be reincarnated fictional characters, can you also be reincarnated abstract mathematical concepts like a number???

SO COOL!
 
2012-09-07 08:58:40 PM  
The line between Otherkin and Crazy

Otherkin: I think my soul is that of a hippogriff but I can still function and have a normal life

Crazy: I think my soul is that of a Hippogriff and I am unable to have a functional or anything that resembles a normal life due to my lifestyle choice and point of view
 
2012-09-07 09:29:38 PM  

karasoth: Otherkin: I think my soul is that of a hippogriff but I can still function and have a normal life


No, I'm pretty sure believing you have the soul of a fictional monster is pretty goddamn crazy.
 
2012-09-07 09:30:00 PM  

WinoRhino: 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.


I used to think that red meat juice was "blood" when I was 6 years old. My mother made sure I stood corrected.
 
2012-09-07 09:59:26 PM  

Gunther: No, I'm pretty sure believing you have the soul of a fictional monster is pretty goddamn crazy.


The vast majority of the planet believes in a magical invisible man who lives in the aether, reads minds and grants wishes.

ಠ_ಠ
 
2012-09-07 10:06:47 PM  
in time all grow up. many will become moms & dads working jobs & paying bills. some will finally get the psychiatric help they so desperately need. some will drown their self in drugs and alcohol. and a few, but not enough, will kill themselves.

/it's not easy being green
 
2012-09-07 10:10:34 PM  
I'm otherkin as Yahweh, so everyone has to do everything I say or else you're oppressing me!
 
2012-09-07 10:54:24 PM  
Old news, etc. A few friends identified as "otherkin" last century. Of those, all save one either voluntarily or involuntarily visited the nice place with the sweaters with the really long sleeves. :/
 
2012-09-07 11:38:07 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-09-08 12:56:30 AM  

Expolaris: theorellior: Also, a furry thread wouldn't be complete without this little gem:

[i30.tinypic.com image 545x720] I have tried my very hardest to block that image out up to this point. I CANNOT UNSEE.

WonderStuff: Jesus. Just play D&D like every other socially awkard person.

While we're on a roll...
[4.bp.blogspot.com image 468x240]


That's not what happens when your character dies in D&D at all. When that happens, you lean back in your chair, crack open yet another beer, and mock everyone else until you are asked to roll up another character.
 
2012-09-08 01:18:28 AM  
How is this any different than a man claiming he is really a woman, or vice versa? I'm not trolling or making fun of trans people, I really am curious.
 
2012-09-08 07:27:57 AM  
Sounds like things are getting tough out there in the suburbs.

I blame the parents. They need to nip that shiat in the bud and stay involved in their kids' lives.
 
2012-09-08 10:15:00 AM  
Two words that will haunt your soul and your very being throughout all time:

Clown Otherkin
 
2012-09-08 10:27:36 AM  

raygundan: 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


It's one thing to shiat on others for profits sake, its another to shiat on the former for doing so.
 
2012-09-08 12:22:04 PM  

OhioKnight: Two words that will haunt your soul and your very being throughout all time:

Clown Otherkin


Thank you for enriching my nightmares.
 
2012-09-08 02:13:10 PM  

jake_lex: Expolaris: theorellior: Also, a furry thread wouldn't be complete without this little gem:

[i30.tinypic.com image 545x720] I have tried my very hardest to block that image out up to this point. I CANNOT UNSEE.

WonderStuff: Jesus. Just play D&D like every other socially awkard person.

While we're on a roll...
[4.bp.blogspot.com image 468x240]

That's not what happens when your character dies in D&D at all. When that happens, you lean back in your chair, crack open yet another beer, and mock everyone else until you are asked to roll up another character.


I cannot count anymore how many horrible, hilarious deaths my characters have suffered. I gamed with a brutal group of Gygaxian DMs that were pretty funny about it all.

The only characters I still have living are my internet namesake that I've had for 19 years, and a half-elf sorcerer that's mortally afraid of gnomes.
 
2012-09-08 04:01:07 PM  

jake_lex: Expolaris: theorellior: Also, a furry thread wouldn't be complete without this little gem:

[i30.tinypic.com image 545x720] I have tried my very hardest to block that image out up to this point. I CANNOT UNSEE.

WonderStuff: Jesus. Just play D&D like every other socially awkard person.

While we're on a roll...
[4.bp.blogspot.com image 468x240]

That's not what happens when your character dies in D&D at all. When that happens, you lean back in your chair, crack open yet another beer, and mock everyone else until you are asked to roll up another character.


Or if they're using second edition or later and at least one party member survives, the dead character could be resurrected.

I remember one 3.5 game I DM'ed where one character attempted a sunder attack without the Improved Sunder feat, thus provoking an attack of opportunity from a very strong monster. The monster scored a critical hit, killing the character with one hit. After the battle, the other players got upset when an NPC cleric wanted the party to pay for the material components of a resurrection spell.

After that, however, the players weren't nearly so reckless in battle.
 
2012-09-09 05:30:32 AM  

fluffy2097: I scared myself again just finding this dude and his creepy smile.
[i199.photobucket.com image 283x288]


Gods damn you! I'm going to have nightmares when I go to bed after sun-up. (Due to my work schedule, not the belief that I am a vampire.)

I used to have nightmares as a kid and be terrified of thunderstorms because of "paratroopers who came down on lightning". I was a three-year-old Army brat, and those were the only terms that made sense. This was well before Communion and more than a decade before Fire in the Sky. Not to say I might not have accidentally seen something on TV about abductions that I don't recall...

I also was utterly terrified by some local TV ad character (from a used car place, I think) that I called "the owlman". Mom says seeing him on the screen would send me screaming from the room...

I don't think it's enough to qualify as otherkin, but I occasionally get the deep and unabiding sensation that my left arm (from about mid bicep down) is not my own. Sure, it moves when I want it to, and hurts when it gets damaged, but I keep having the sneaking suspicion that its a replacement. May have something to do with the little red mark that I had on my index finger for years as a kid, but disappeared without a trace.

Maybe related to previous dreams?

/seen a few UFOs in my time
//not saying they're aliens
 
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