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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 03:09:46 PM  
4 votes:

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 07:32:45 PM  
2 votes:
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 03:54:16 PM  
2 votes:
I'm reading, and thinking, "When do I find out what a bell hook is?"
2012-09-07 02:55:00 PM  
2 votes:
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.

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2012-09-08 10:15:00 AM  
1 vote:
Two words that will haunt your soul and your very being throughout all time:

Clown Otherkin
2012-09-07 08:58:40 PM  
1 vote:
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 04:41:28 PM  
1 vote:

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 04:32:53 PM  
1 vote:

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...

Poor Blackleaf... I love those tracts.

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

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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 04:17:37 PM  
1 vote:

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 03:35:39 PM  
1 vote:
I'm a metaphysical solipsist so I'm really getting a kick out of this...
2012-09-07 03:14:12 PM  
1 vote:

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 03:13:55 PM  
1 vote:

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 03:07:49 PM  
1 vote:
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2012-09-07 02:57:48 PM  
1 vote:
The article is trying to say that many people suffer from dissociative disorders. Sad, really.
2012-09-07 02:00:18 PM  
1 vote:
Do 7-11 stores commonly have woods behind them?
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