Jag har för ett par dagar sen registrerat mig på kontaktsajten BodyContact. Ja, ni får väl tycka vad ni vill om det, jag förstår att vissa kanske tycker sådana sajter är lite sunkiga. Det är ju verkligen en köttmarknad. Men faktum är att folk där har varit mycket trevligare än vad jag förväntade mig. Kanske för att folk där har förstått att för att få en respons i tuff konkurrans så måste man…
I dreamt that I posted homestuck stuff on tumblr.
1. I’ve never read Homestuck
2. I don’t want to dream about tumblr
So, I’m taking this a sign of spending too much time on this website. Going to take a break. See you in one week!
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hello, everyone! i’d like to make a quick post on otherkin/fictionkin/etc terms!
- say spirit or astral limbs instead of phantom limbs! the term phantom limbs is for amputees!
- don’t say you’re experiencing dysphoria! the term is for lgbtqia+ related dysphoria. you could simply say you’re experiencing sadness towards your current body.
- the term coming out is also for lgbtqia+ people! instead, say you’re revealing you’re kin, or anything similar.
most people’s reasons for disliking the otherkin communities is because of appropiating terms. so, please use these terms instead! let’s show respect to others, so others can respect us as well. thank you!
You mean so well, but you are oh-so-wrong. “Phantom limb” isn’t only used for amputees. For instance, experiencing an “extra” limb that was never there to start with (such as a third arm) is known as having supernumerary phantom limbs. I’ve also seen texts that refer to the temporary illusion of a rubber arm being your real hand as a kind of phantom limb: http://www.livescience.com/28694-non-amputees-feel-phantom-limb.html
Besides - a lot of therians/otherkin do not believe in souls, spirits or astral planes, but still experience non-human supernumerary phantom limbs.
Gender dysphoria is specific for trans issues. But the word dysphoria itself only means intense unhappiness or anxiety, kind of like the opposite of euphoria. People with depression or bipolar disorder can experience dysphoria, people who are unhappy with their body for any reason (not just gender) can experience body dysphoria, and so on, and so on. The word is not specific for gender related issues.
"Coming out" has been used for a long time for all kinds of things. Examples:
- Coming out as atheist
- Coming out as autistic
- Coming out as mentally ill
- Coming out as mentally ill (Swedish queer magazine)
- Coming out as Wiccan
The expression “coming out of the closet” is related to the neutral “Skeleton in the closet”, which has nothing to do with gender or sexual orientation, only about hiding a secret.
twistedkate asked: Remember the good old days when OK were basically just dragons and faeries and respectable?
Anonymous asked: Have you ever eaten roadkill?
heavy-electric-giraffe asked: Explain, why do you feel like a wolf. Because to me all this otherkin stuff sounds delusional. Could you maybe enlighten me.
Let’s see… where to start? Long post incoming!
Well, all therians/otherkin are different. I prefer to be called therian, not otherkin, because therian is specific for animals, otherkin is the word for people identifying as other stuff - mythological beings etc. Therian is short for therianthrope = beast-human, from Greek.
Anyway. I call myself a wolf based on the combination of several things. I have behaviours/instincts that are more wolf-like than human. Humans are animals too, so please don’t misunderstand this as some kind of labelling my human instincts as canine. I can feel urges to howl, walk digitigrade, scent-rolling, play-bowing, licking faces, hunt ungulates together with others, digging in a dog-like fashion, and so on. I use my sense of smell more than other people. I don’t think my sense of smell is actually that much better (therianthropy is not physical), it’s just that I focus on it more.
Anyway - I have behaviours that are not considered common for humans, but are common for wolves. Of course, I avoid acting out when around other people. I don’t lick my prof’s face, I don’t eat road kill, I don’t kill people’s pets. Some days, I feel more human and I don’t experience these urges/instincts, some days I do. It varies.
Also, when I close my eyes and picture myself - like people do when they daydream or visualise, I often “see” myself as a wolf or wolf-human mix. I am often a wolf in my dreams too. So, my internal image of myself is a wolf, I guess.
I also wish I were a wolf. Sometimes this feeling is stronger, sometimes I forget about it. But I have this longing for having a wolf body, sometimes I’m unhappy with having a human body. To be unhappy with one’s physical species is known as “species dysphoria” in the community. (dysphoria = unhappiness, the opposite of euphoria) I of course realise how impossible it is to physically transform.
I experience what is known in the therian community as mental shifts. That is, my mentality, thought patterns, behaviours, can “shift” between human-like and animal-like. I would liken a shift to trance - I think less, I live in the moment, and my behaviour becomes much more canine. For instance, I might lose my balance if I try to walk on my hind feet, I might communicate using wolf vocalisations and body language, instead of with the human equivalent. Afterwards, I feel relaxed. Now and then, I’ve also experienced phantom shifts - feeling like I have body parts that aren’t there, or that my body parts feel different from usual. So, I’ve felt an itch in a muzzle that wasn’t there, and sometimes my hands feel like paws.
So, this combination of behavioural quirks, self-perception, species dysphoria and animalistic shifts is what makes me call myself a therian.
I have discussed my therianthropy with several psychologists. None of them thought it was anything to treat, most of them thought it was unimportant, some were slightly curious. I was even told “it is not a psychosis, stop worrying!” and “if doing these wolf things makes you happier, then do it. Spend some time outdoors.” So, it seems like mental health professionals don’t think it’s delusional.
I live a normal life and most people who I meet would never guess I’m a therian. I study, work out, have friends, dress normally, eat normal food and have hobbies. But when I’m alone, you might catch me rolling on the floor, licking my boyfriend’s face or howling along to some music. :3