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Jan. 3rd, 2016 11:56 am
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Briefly, some news of interest to otherkin from 2015 that I haven't previously reported on this blog. In chronological order:

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I have an idea for how I could run this blog in a way that I hope would be efficient enough to be manageable. I could post to our Twitter about news articles as soon as I find them. Then, at the end of each month, I could post a digest to here and to our Tumblr. It would just be a collection of headlines, links, and brief summaries, rather than whole articles of original writing with complete citations. What do you think?

As always, there's a lot of news out there and I can't do this alone, so anyone who can help out by posting news links in this blog as they find them would be very much appreciated.
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Content warnings: None

Buzzfeed has an article on the furry fandom where otherkin are mentioned.

The article actually makes a distinction between furries and otherkin stating, "However, unlike Otherkin (who believe they are the spirit of a creature), it’s more of a connection you have to this species that fits you as a person."

- Spiridon
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Content warnings: None.

October: A dragon otherkin named DLF wrote an article called "Otherkin and Roleplay," asking, "Is there a link between otherkin and roleplay?"

Source


DLF (justanotherkin), "Otherkin and roleplay." 2013-10-10. Justanotherkin (personal blog). http://justanotherkin.tumblr.com/post/63648310657/otherkin-and-roleplay-pt-1
(I linked to this article with permission from DLF.)
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Content warnings: None.

September 27: An article on Furry News Network talked about a stereotypical extreme fan of wolves, or "wolfaboo," and whether there's a problem with being such a fan.

While this article is about the furry fandom, not about therianthropes, the pejorative label "wolfaboo" is often thrown at wolf therianthropes.
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Content warnings: Publicity. For the linked thread: ableism, profanity, adult content (mention of taboo sexuality).

Last August and this September: An online forum for skeptics on the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) web-site just heard of otherkin and furries for the first time. In the "Otherkin?" forum thread, they’re trying to figure out what these are. On the whole, the forum is confused by them, and not able to tell how much of them is hoax or sincere. Either way, the forum’s pretty sure that they’re something to laugh at.

Source


“Otherkin?” JREF forums. http://forums.randi.org/showthread.php?t=264422
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Content warnings: For this post, as well as for the podcast itself: much about spirituality. Mild ableism. Questions about how being otherkin compares with being transgender. Some additional content warnings for the podcast only: Brief mild adult humor. Brief mentions of drugs. Brief mentions of alcohol.

Summary: A furry podcast interviewed a therian wolf who claims to practice an ancient animal-based faith, and an otherkin dragon who expresses himself through fur-suiting.



August 25: Fur What It’s Worth, a podcast series that is “an introduction and immersion into the furry fandom,” interviewed a therianthrope and an otherkin. In the "Therians & Otherkin" episode, the hosts say they are completely unfamiliar with therianthropy, but somewhat familiar with otherkin. The hosts’ attitudes are respectful, easygoing, interested, and friendly. There’s no transcript, so I’ll summarize the relevant parts of the podcast, using direct quotes whenever possible.

The interview with an therianthrope starts at 8:00 and concludes at 31:41. The therianthrope is Wolf (which is his legal name), 51, is very active in the furry fandom. He attends furry conventions, and is a published author of furry fiction.

Wolf calls himself a therian deist, which he says is an ancient pre-Babylonian (and therefore prehistoric) spiritual faith. He says that in that “faith,” humans are considered the highest animals, and try to learn from animals how to be better humans, by mimicking the virtues of animals. He claims that Catholics called practitioners of this spiritual tradition “lycans.” Wolf says that the biggest misconception about therians is that they are shape-shifters, which he says is a belief of Catholic origin. He says some therians have spiritual connections to animal totems. He says he and a group of other therians are in the process of gathering supplies to build a spiritual retreat for therians “of like faith.” He denies that it’s a temple. He says the faith is based around “breaking the three animal rules: 1) Me first. 2) Pack (family) second. 3) Everyone else.” In therian deism, one tries to “become a better human,” and “better than the animals,” by reversing the order of these rules. He looks at this in context with worship of animal gods and guides around the world.

Wolf mentions that some therians think of themselves as animals in spirit, but otherwise he doesn’t refer to therianthropy as an identity at all, but as a “faith.” The therian faith he describes is not something that I have seen in the therian community. He doesn’t seem to be talking about the same thing as they are at all. I haven’t heard the phrase “therian deist” before, and Googling it (with quotes) only brings up eight results, where it’s used by this same Wolf. Despite Wolf’s claims, it appears that this “ancient faith” is something he invented. The slang “lycans” is a sign that influence from pop fiction is involved. Inventing one’s own spirituality is fine, even with pop culture influences, but when people claim that new spiritualities are ancient, I consider it my duty as a historian to question those claims.

The interview with an otherkin starts at 36:44 and concludes at 1:02:40. This interview is with YuuRyuu, a dragon otherkin. This is YuuRyuu’s second interview on Fur What It’s Worth. YuuRyuu speaks of his dragon self as a “character,” and says he developed his own species of dragon. He’s been very active in the furry fandom for four years.

YuuRyuu gives the usual definitions for otherkin and its difference from therianthropes. When asked to define what otherkin means to him, YuuRyuu said there’s a lot of variety in how people define it. For himself, he explained that when he was a small child, he consciously knew that his reflection in the mirror was him, but subconsciously felt it was wrong. He’d prefer to see a dragon. Wearing a fur-suit (animal costume) of his dragon character makes that possible, which gives him a sense of mental release from the tension of feeling that his reflection is wrong. He’s not aware of any other specific otherkin who use fur-suits that way. For him, being otherkin is “just a quirk in my brain,” not something he can explain. He grew up having “a disconnect between what I looked like and what my brain wanted to see.” He says he’s experienced phantom limbs only after wearing the fur-suit for a while.

The host asks, “Are you a human who has a spirit of a dragon, or are you a dragon?” YuuRyuu replies, “I am a dragon. It is totally mental. I don’t believe in spirits or anything like that.” As such, he hasn’t personally experienced some of the paranormal phenomena that the hosts had heard of as linked with otherkin. He says he’d initially been hesitant to call himself otherkin, saying he was “borderline otherkin. … I don’t want people to think I’m crazy, but I want to be honest with myself.” After deciding to simply call himself otherkin, he hasn’t had any troubling reactions from people about it. He and the hosts agree that one of the good things about the furry community is that it’s so accepting. People in the furry fandom don’t get upset over hearing of one another’s unusual personal quirks.

The hosts ask YuuRyuu how being otherkin compares to being transgender. YuuRyuu says he’s been timid to consider the similarities, not wanting to offend anyone, but he does think the mirror experience is similar. He says he feels more confident about the analogy after reading some points made by a transgender furry interviewee. I recognize his description of Kotaku’s interview with illustrator Egypt Urnash, which I summarized in an earlier Otherkin News article.

Both interviews were conducted gracefully, and their contents were insightful and interesting. Wolf described a unique animal-based faith, and YuuRyuu gave an example of why an otherkin enjoys activities associated with the furry fandom.



Sources


Roo and Tugs, “S3 Episode 6 – Therian & Otherkin.” Fur What It’s Worth (blog) 2013-08-25. http://www.furwhatitsworth.com/?p=2029

Roo and Tugs, “Therians & Otherkin.” Fur What It’s Worth (podcast audio) 2013-08-25 (series 3, episode 6). Accessed 2013-08-31.
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Content warnings: For this article, none. The linked web-site contains some images that are unsettling because of how they blend human and animal bodies: body horror, the uncanny valley, and artistic representation of injury to humans and animals.

August: A fine artist and therianthrope named M. Bolalek (“your-deer”) created a web-site titled The Artist Bestiary. The web-site is “a collection of art and artists merging the human and the animal,” “approached from a therian perspective,” to “inspire and inform within the therian community.”

Bolalek wrote, “At the moment, there are seven entries, with at least 40 more to come, as well as intermittent critical analysis and musings. I am aiming tentatively for an update schedule of 2 to 3 entries per month for now.”

Some of the artwork showcased in The Artist Bestiary will be familiar to Otherkin News readers, because we have also made note of some of the latest fine art that blends human and animal. Please see the “art” tag on Otherkin News for ours. For example, I'm pleased to see that we both reflect upon Art Orienté Objet's intriguing transformation-as-performance-piece May the horse live in me (mine, theirs). Between both blogs, we'll miss less innovation, and be more enriched. I look forward to seeing more discussion of therianthropic explorations in fine art.

- O. Scribner



Sources


M. Bolalek (your-deer), The Artist Bestiary. http://artistbestiary.wordpress.com

M. Bolalek (your-deer), “About.” The Artist Bestiary. http://artistbestiary.wordpress.com/about/

M. Bolalek (your-deer), “The Artist Bestiary.” Your-deer. http://your-deer.tumblr.com/post/58836997334/the-artist-bestiary
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Content warnings: Publicity.

This October, a therianthrope named Lunar Flare will host a panel about therianthropy. The panel will be at Furfright 2013 in Connecticut. Furfright is a Halloween-themed convention for the furry fandom. (That is, fans of depictions of human-like animals in art, story, and costume. Furry fans like pretend human-like animals, whereas therianthropes identify as animals. It’s different.) The panel will be an open discussion, so Lunar Flare will alternate between giving a speech, and letting the audience talk. He will base his notes on an essay he wrote last year, “Therianthropy Awareness.” Currently, Lunar Flare is open to suggestions for how to adjust his notes for the panel. For this reason, if you have ideas about the upcoming panel, please don't contact me, contact him (by private message on either site linked below).

- O. Scribner


Sources


Lunar Flare, “FurFright 2013 – Therianthropy social and panel.” 2013-06-11. Forest Horizon: Were-Beast Support & Community. http://werebeastcommunity.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=therian&action=display&thread=145
The above link is not a publicly viewable forum thread. You can see it only if you log in to that forum. I linked to it with Lunar Flare’s permission by e-mail.

Lunar Flare, “Therianthropy awareness.” http://vatolobo.tumblr.com/post/26031655211/therianthropy-awareness
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Trigger warnings: spirituality, religion.

July: The "Ask Papabear" column of the Furry News Network blog responded to a confused anonymous question about otherkin, therianthropes, and religious doctrine.

Source

Papabear, "What Is the 'True' Definition of Otherkin and Therian?" 2013-07-31. Furry News Network. http://www.furrynewsnetwork.com/2013/07/what-is-the-true-definition-of-otherkin-and-therian/
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"Asylum Entertainment is seeking people to cast who are involved in unique subcultures or with unusual lifestyles for a TV Docu-Series on major cable network." This includes otherkin, vampires, furries, and anyone involved in other lifestyles and subcultures, focusing on singles or couples in the age range of 18-30.

More info here

Thanks to Merticus for making me aware of this; sorry if I stole your thunder by posting this before you got to it. :3
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Warning: The linked article discusses sexuality.

According to Flayrah's article from last sunday, the Anthropomorphic Research Project released the results of its survey of over 400 people who were at a furry fandom convention called Furry Fiesta 2013. 17% of these furry fans identified as therianthropes, and 5% as otherkin. This particular survey doesn't focus on therianthrope and otherkin issues.

Source


GreenReaper, "Furry con surveyed on porn, fantasy, pets, politics & bronies." Flayrah. 2013-05-26. http://www.flayrah.com/4981/furry-con-surveyed-porn-fantasy-pets-politics-bronies
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Trigger warnings: Mentions of sexuality and occult spirituality. The linked webpages include some photos of people who are clothed but sexual, and so may be considered not safe for work.

The free alternative newspaper of the Capital Region of New York State, Metroland, recently ran an interview1 with fine artist2 Jason Martin, of Power Animal Systems. Martin performs music while costumed as an human-like wolf in a tight silver space suit, a “sexy spacewolf warrior,”3 one of a trio of such animal-masked performers.

Martin emphasizes that his artwork is a spiritual performance, involving supernatural entities that have appeared to him since his early childhood. In the interview, Martin said of his band, “It spoke to a lot of young people […] People inclined toward alternative lifestyle or ‘queerness’ got it right away. Everytime I put on one of these costumes, it’s not zentai, it’s not cosplay, it’s not furry, it’s not role playing […] It’s channeling entities. They’re real as individuals but also representations of all this encoded information, only a small percentage of which I understand.”4 The performances have more spiritual depth than simply wearing animal costumes for entertainment.

In his artist’s statement, Martin explains that Power Animal Systems “engages species-queer paganistic animism […] rituals, conjuring mysterious energies, removing anthropomorphism from its harmless, cartoon usage and connecting it to less safe, more real, quasi-mythical archetypes with Jungian undertones and erotic juxtapositions.”5 I’ve never encountered the phrase “species-queer” before… Google shows about 2100 results for it, so it’s had some use.

The Power Animal Systems had been booked to perform with Lady Gaga this spring, but that tour was cancelled.6


Sources


1. Josh Potter, “Into the third dimension.” 2013-02-28. Metroland. http://metroland.net/2013/02/28/into-the-third-dimension
2. Jason Martin, “Bio.” http://jasonmartinwebsite.com/bio.html
3. Potter.
4. Ibid.
5. Martin.
6. Potter.
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Warnings: Profanity. Linked article includes references to drugs and sex.

Kotaku Australia, a news blog focused on games and gaming culture, today posted an article (Hernandez, “My weekend at a furry convention”) describing a visit to a Furcon 2013, a convention of the furry fandom held in San Jose. Journalist Patricia Hernandez doesn’t say that there were any otherkin there, but she talks about otherkin for a few paragraphs anyway. Excerpt:

“We [the journalist and her friend Daphny] start talking all about furries on the way to San Jose, eventually landing on the subject of otherkin — this smaller sect of the furry fandom that believe that their bodies do not match who/what they actually are, and ‘who they actually are’ tends to be a mythical creature. They might say that they’re actually a dragon, as an example.

“When people make fun of Tumblr denizens, otherkin are often brought up as this ridiculous group of people that encompass the worst Tumblr has to offer — social justice (they believe in ‘human privilege’ and that the otherkin are highly oppressed), people pretending to be stuff they’re not (close ties with role playing and fanfiction in this sense, also denigrated), and teenagers that are likely highly confused about their identity all in one package.

“Daphny is not a fan.

“‘Tumblr is a bunch of confused teenagers and we like to pretend we don’t all know what that’s like or as if we haven’t been through that ourselves,’ she [Daphny] said, ‘but the thing about otherkin is that they they [sic] appropriate trans narrative. They claim to have dysphoria, and that their bodies don’t match with who they think they are, but the stuff they think they are — dragons, mythical creatures, and so on — don’t even exist.’

“This sounds wild to me, but if I know little about furries, I know even less about otherkin.”


Some of the information given here about otherkin is inaccurate. For example, otherkin are not a sub-group of the furry fandom. Historically, the communities had separate origins than one another. If the otherkin community originated in a fandom, then it arguably would have been that for The Lord of the Rings, judging by adoption of concepts from J. R. R. Tolkien in the writings of elven groups during the 1970s.

On the other hand, it is true that the part of the otherkin community active on the blogging site Tumblr.com use the language of Tumblr’s version of social justice. Some of them controversially frame their identity concepts in terms that are similar to that of the transgender community. Still, this generalization doesn’t apply to all otherkin, even of those who are on Tumblr.

Later, at the convention, illustrator Egypt Urnash talks to Hernandez about transgender people in the furry fandom. The topic of otherkin comes up again in connection with that idea.

“‘Furry is a safe space to experiment,’ she [Urnash] recalled, ‘You will see MTF [people who are male to female transgender], and they don’t “pass” in real life but their (furry) friends don’t give a fuck.’

“‘Who is to say we won’t have a future with malleable bodies?’

“Not looking like who you really are is a familiar experience for those in the fandom, after all. Inevitably we begin talking about otherkin here, and unlike Daphny, Egypt feels sympathetic.

“‘We [trans folk] are the lucky ones, we can find ways to fix ourselves. 100 years ago a man or a woman couldn’t do much about wanting to be something else. What about in the future, a transhuman future? Who is to say we won’t have a future with malleable bodies?’

“What if, in other words, the otherkin would be able to rectify their dysphoria? Wings and other such fantastical body parts aren’t possible…now. Will we look back on otherkin and think differently of them in the future if/when malleable bodies are possible?”


Urnash says that just as transgender people are now able to transition, future technologies might offer options for people who want to become physically other than human. Again comparing otherkin to transgender people, Hernandez considers that there may be more to it than the appropriation earlier described by her friend.

Other than this, the Kotaku journalist visited a fursuit parade and some parties. She also questioned stereotypes about the furry fandom as perpetuated in the gaming community, examining demographic data about the fandom.


Source

Patricia Hernandez. “My weekend at a furry convention.” Kotaku Australia. 2013-01-25. http://www.kotaku.com.au/2013/01/my-weekend-at-a-furry-convention
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Trigger warnings: news coverage, phantom limbs, amputation, occult (magic, divination)

Summary: Since last March, I took a vacation from researching for Otherkin News. From time to time, I did bookmark some things that I wanted to write articles about. In short, lately we’ve had: ongoing as well as published academic research of otherkin, wearable cat ears that use brainwave sensors to express your mood, over a dozen new and republished books by the Silver Elves, and a scientific study of a person who had phantom limbs corresponding to body parts that she’d never had.

 

 

In science

 

Phantom limbs: She felt fingers that she’d never had

A study published last February in Neurocase described a woman (“R.N.,” age 57) who had been born with an incomplete right hand. After amputation of this hand at age 18 due to an accident, she developed a “phantom limb:” she felt like her hand was still there. What made this case unusual was that her phantom hand included phantom fingers that she’d never physically had. Her phantom hand was complete with all its fingers.

Initially, her phantom hand felt shortened and painful, but after mirror therapy (a common treatment for phantom limb pain), her phantom hand took on completely normal proportions.[1]

Although this study is not about otherkin or therianthropes, it is of interest to our community. Some otherkin and therianthropes experience phantom sensations of body parts that they’ve never physically had, including tails.

See also: an earlier article on Otherkin News, regarding a study published in the Annals of Neurology about a woman, 64, who developed a supernumerary phantom limb: a third arm.[2]

 

Community research: Survey of furries, therianthropes, and otherkin

The International Anthropomorphic Research Project conducted their Winter 2012 survey of furries, with questions that included otherkin and therianthrope issues, determining the overlap of the three communities. The survey took place online as well as in person at Anthrocon 2012, a furry convention. The survey opened in 2012-03,[3]  and is now closed to further submissions, saying, “A summary of the collected data will be available on this website shortly.”[4]

 

Innovations in technology: the Necomimi

Neurowear, a company specializing in high-tech fashion, recently released the Necomimi. As described in a previous Otherkin News article,[5] the Necomimi is a headband that includes brainwave sensors and a pair of animatronic cat ears. The sensors detect the wearer’s emotional state, and expresses it by moving the cat ears. 

Neurowear released the Necomimi in Japan on 2012-04-28.[6] Neurowear’s official store says that the Necomimi is $99.95 US, but is currently sold out due to overwhelming demand, but they’re taking backorders.[7] Neurowear says they’re planning on releasing new models of the Necomimi with different ear shapes.

Some people have independently created animatronic ears inspired by the Necomimi. On Instructables, a community site where inventors and makers share their ideas, Abetusk tells how to build animatronic cat ears, although these are controlled by a remote, not by EEG.[8]

So far as I know, these inventions were not produced by any participant of the otherkin or therianthrope communities. However, they maybe be of interest to these communities as an example of a way that new technologies can augment the human body.

 

 

New published works

 

New and republished books by the Silver Elves

The Silver Elves, a family of elf people who have been writing about elven issues since the 1970s, and who consider themselves to be part of the otherkin community, have published and republished several books of their writings. During the past few months alone, they’ve released these:

  • The Magical Elven Love Letters, Volume 1 (collected essays and poems from 1979 to 2001) and Volume 2 (from the 1990s) have been republished with new covers in 2012-03. They also published Volume 3, which includes writings from the 1990s and from their move to Hawaii in 2008.
  • The Book of Elven Runes, a handbook for creating and using an original oracle (not Futhark runes) designed by the Silver Elves, was republished in 2012-05.
  • The Elven Book of Changes: A magical interpretation of the I Ching. An elven interpretation of the ancient Chinese oracle. Released 2012-03.
  • The Elven Book of Powers: Using the Tarot for magical wish fulfillment. Released 2012-05-24.
  • The Elven Book of Dreams: A magical oracle of Faerie. A dream symbol interpretation handbook. Released 2012-04.
  • The Book of Elven Magic: The philosophy and enchantments of the Seelie Elves. An elven perspective on spirituality and ceremonial magic. Released 2012-05.
  • What an Elf would do: A magical guide to the manners and etiquette of the Faerie Folk. As summarized by the authors, this is a “view of how elves see and interact with the world of the Normal folk as well as with Otherkind of all sorts. It is designed to help the elfin everywhere to move through the often mysterious cultures of mankind with confidence and ease.” Released 2012-06-02.
  • Arvyndase (Silverspeech): A short course in the magical language of the Silver Elves. A grammar of a constructed language designed by the Silver Elves. Released 2012-05.
  • Caressed by an Elfin Breeze: The poems of Zardoa Silverstar. Approximately 90 poems by Zardoa of the Silver Elves, some from over 30 years ago.
  • Eldafaryn: True tales of magic from the lives of the Silver Elves. “a series of vignettes from the lives of the Silver Elves starting in the present and going back and forth through time describing their lives, their magic, their philosophy and their unique view of the world.”
  • Magic Talks: Being a correspondence between the Silver Elves and the founders of the Elf Queen’s Daughters. Released 2012-06-02. From the summary provided by the authors: “Magic Talks is a collection of letters between the two sisters who are the founders of the Elf Queen's daughters (in 1973), Arwen and Elanor, and the Silver Elves, Zardoa and Silver Flame. This is the first book in a series of Tulku internet correspondence beginning in November of 2011 and ending in February 2012. Arwen and Elanor are also the original publishers of the ‘Magic Elf Letters’ sent out from the Elf Queen’s daughters. They published three letters a week for about three years. In the early 1979 the Silver Elves carried on these letters calling them “The Magical Elven Love Letters” and continued writing and publishing them for the next 30 years…”

 These books by the Silver Elves are important contributions to the history and literature of the otherkin community.


Academic article: Laycock’s “We are spirits of another sort”

A new academic paper all about the otherkin community (and therianthropes as well, under the same word) was published in Nova Religio, a peer-reviewed journal about alternative and new religious movements. The article, “We are spirits of another sort: Ontological rebellion and religious dimensions of the otherkin community,” is by Joseph P. Laycock, Ph.D. 

A regular in the vampire community, Merticus, briefly summarized Laycock’s article.[9] Merticus says the article cites the writings of several participants of the otherkin community.

A regular in the therianthrope community, Citrakāyaḥ (a cheetah) read Laycock’s full article, and then thoroughly covered his responses in “A laycat’s review of ‘We are spirits of another sort.’” He says that Laycock emphasizes that the otherkin movement is not a religion, although it is often spiritual, and in some ways resembles a religion.[10]

 

Media exposure of therianthropes

During 2012-02, the furry news blog, Flayrah, listed several newspaper articles that mentioned therianthropes in addition to furries.[11]

 

New blogs

Birds of a Feather: by and for bird-people, created 2012-02.[12] This blog is full of essays about being therianthropes and otherkin who identify as birds. Authors include Acies (an eagle), Akhila (raven, leopard), GreyGhost (gryphon), Meirya (hawk, phoenix), and Tsu (swan). The blog accepts essays submitted by others.

I’ve seen a lot more otherkin-related blogs created recently, especially those hosted on Tumblr.com, but I’ll have to address them in another post.

 

More?

Due to my hiatus from the otherkin community during the past several months, I’m behind on my reading, and I’ve missed out on a lot. The above list is likely very incomplete. I’m going to need a lot of help filling in all the gaps.

If you or somebody who you know recently created new writing, art, or other creative works about otherkin or therianthropes, then please let me know, so that I can list them here next time. Please feel free to e-mail me about any such new discoveries at any time. That would be very helpful! Thank you!

- O. Scribner


Sources )
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Over the past half-decade, social researchers have taken surveys at Anthrocon, the world's largest furry convention. This year, the at-con survey was followed up with an online offering of the same survey. Those taking the survey were asked whether they viewed themselves as therians or otherkin (as well as furry or non-furry), and several questions focussed on topics relevant to these two groups.

The results are now in. Because they are quite long (~25 pages), I have prepared a summary of the findings on [livejournal.com profile] flayrah, including a section focusing on the ways in which therians and otherkin were found to be different from those identifying as furry.

The bit I found most interesting was that therians scored furries as higher on a measure of social closeness than other furries did. Apparently therians like us more than we like ourselves! (I will also be keeping the predator/prey bit in mind . . . o_o)

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Trigger warnings: media attention. The end of the video shows some mild erotic artwork that's not safe for work.



Shown above: the complete episode of “Furries.”

January 3, 2012. The National Geographic TV series Taboo, focused on practices which are forbidden or at least not mainstream, aired an episode called “Furries.” It’s about the furry fandom, a very large community of people who like art, stories, and costumes depicting human-like animals. For many people who consider themselves furry fans, this interest is just a hobby, but some, it does mean something deeper about being animal-like themselves. The Taboo episode leans toward depicting the furry fandom as the latter, calling furry fans “people who love animals so much they want to become them. … people who believe they are part human and part animal.” And so on. The episode mostly presents furry fans in a friendly way, but is this portrayal of furries as animal-people accurate? Flayrah, a furry news blog, pointed out that the episode cites

“unnamed research to say that ‘up to 85% believe they’re not entirely human’ (presumably that of Nuka’s collaborator, Dr. Kathy Gerbasi, whose team has regularly surveyed Anthrocon in recent years).”1

This is a surprising estimate, because experience in the furry fandom shows that the majority don’t identify as animals. I couldn’t find that particular “85%” statistic in Gerbasi’s work. I listened to the video, and it sounds like the narrator actually says “up to 25% believe they’re not entirely human,” a more reasonable statistic that does appear in Gerbasi’s article “Furries A to Z,” when describing the results of surveying the furry fandom:

“The second largest group was the ‘distorted unattained’ type (n = 51). This furry [fan] considers the self to be less than 100% human and would become 0% human if possible. This type comprised 25% of the furries [furry fans] who answered both key identity questions.”2

Gerbasi’s surveys show that a significant minority (25%) of people within the furry fandom do wish to become animals, so National Geographic’s portrayal is not inaccurate.

- O. Scribner

1. GreenReaper, “Video: National Geographic profiles fursuiters on ‘Taboo.’” Flayrah: Furry food for thought. 2011-12-19. http://www.flayrah.com/3773
2. Kathleen C. Gerbasi, Nicholas Paolone, et al., “Furries from A to Z (Anthropomorphism to Zoomorphism).” Society and Animals 16 (2008), page 215.

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