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Some highlights of what I posted to the Otherkin News Twitter (@otherkinnews) during the last few months.

About otherkin

Vice magazine ran an article about otherkin.

Journal of Language Works published an article on nounself pronouns. Cites the Nonbinary.org wiki and mentions otherkin.

Published in March, the book Youth Cultures in America briefly mentions otherkin.

A review of Danielle Kirby's book Fantasy and Belief, which writes about otherkin.

Due to the anti-transgender bathroom bills in the US during these months, newspapers ran anti-transgender opinion articles. As usual, some tried to undermine transgender people by comparing them to "trans-species." Some writers knew about otherkin, others didn’t. Cissexist hate speech isn’t worth featuring here.

Transhumanism

Cyborg artist Neil Harbisson said at a transhumanist event, "I consider myself a transspecies because I’m adding senses and organs that other species have."

Art and glamourbombs

You know the intro scene in FernGully, with the cave wall covered in handprints from humans and tiny fairies? It's based on some actual cave art, which does feature handprints just like that. The tinier prints weren't human hands. Not fairies, either, though.

The Merrylin Cryptid Museum featured preserved remains of dragons, fairies, and other beings, all created by artist Alex CF. Since it's a hoax-like exhibit, Snopes explained it.

Snopes also had to address a viral photo of baby dragons being reintroduced to Wales, which originated as a Photoshop contest winner.
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Content warnings: The links have some graphic descriptions of mental illnesses and delusions.

March 2014. Jan Dirk Blom published an article in the academic journal History of Psychiatry. Blom's article "When doctors cry wolf: a systematic review of the literature on clinical lycanthropy" looks at 56 cases of clinical lycanthropy or zoanthropy from 1850 to present. These are psychiatric cases in which people believed that they were animals, or were becoming other creatures. A popular source, LiveScience, offers a summary of Blom's article.

Sources

Jan Dirk Blom. "When doctors cry wolf: a systematic review of the literature on clinical lycanthropy." History of Psychiatry 25: 1 (March 2014). http://hpy.sagepub.com/content/25/1/87.short doi: 10.1177/0957154X13512192

Bahar Gholipour. "Real-Life Werewolves: Psychiatry Re-Examines Rare Delusion." April 16, 2014. LiveScience (online magazine). http://www.livescience.com/44875-werewolves-in-psychiatry.html
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Content warnings: none.

May 20 to 28. The newspaper Le Monde (est. 1944) ran an introductory article about otherkin and therianthropes. As the original article is in French, therianthrope Akhila made an English translation of it. The article covers many aspects of the topic, including history. It draws from several print and web sources, as well as interviews.

Sources

Olivier Clairouin. "Pas complètement humains : la vie en ligne des thérians et otherkins." 2014-05-20. Le Monde (online newspaper). http://www.lemonde.fr/cultures-web/article/2014/05/20/pas-completement-humains-la-vie-en-ligne-des-therians-et-otherkins_4410306_4409029.html?xtmc=otherkin&xtcr=1

Olivier Clairouin. Akhila, trans. "Not Completely Human: The Online Life of Therians and Otherkin." 2014-05-28. Beyond Awakening (blog). http://thehornedgate.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/the-online-life-of-therians-and-otherkin/
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Content warning: The Huffington Post article is about cissexism, gender dysphoria, suicide, and mental illness.

2013-12-08. In Brynn Tannehill's good article Myths about gender confirmation surgery, Tannehill pointed out problems with drawing an analogy between transsexuality and identifying as a cat.
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Content warnings: The Bhaskar's article contains graphic descriptions of violence.

October: The Indian newspaper Daily Bhaskar ran an article titled "Ten people who claim to be VAMPIRES and ALIENS!" This is limited to famous people from the past four years, most of whom are violent criminals. A few claim to be werewolves. Here's the list: Stephanie Pistey, Omnec Onec, Thomas Stroup, Jonathon Sharkey, Josephine Rebecca Smith, Cynthia Crawford, Wolfie Blackheart, Jujuolui Kuita, Lyle Monroe Bensley, and Andrew Whiteman. The Bhaskar article gives a bio and a photo of each one.

Source


"Ten people who claim to be VAMPIRES and ALIENS!" 2013-10-17. Daily Bhaskar. http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/WOR-ten-people-who-believe-they-are-monsters-or-aliens-4406394-PHO.html?seq=1
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On September 5, 2013 the magazine Pacific Standard published an interview with Shiro Ulv of Wulf Howl regarding his experiences as a therian.  The text of the article is very short, consisting of a one paragraph introduction followed by a list of five bullet-pointed quotes by Ulv.  The introduction conflates actual therians with the fictional portrayals found in certain romance novels, and the image of Ulv howling which the magazine chose to use is in Ulv's words "rather strange".

Following negative reactions to the article which resulted in the photograph used being turned into a meme in various locations, including on reddit, Ulv shut down the Howlnet IRC Network which he had previously maintained.  #Otherkinsight, hosted on that network, moved to the Wolfnet IRC Network provided through Weresource.org prior to Ulv's decision to decommission HowlNet.  Ulv continues to maintain Wulf Howl.

Ulv has previously been featured in the Logo documentary I Think I'm an Animal by ZigZag Productions.
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Trigger warnings: the linked article talks about religion (Christianity, exorcism), occult spirituality, and sex.

July: An article in an online magazine about paranormal phenomena mentioned people who think of themselves as vampires, werewolves, and mermaids. The online magazine in question is called Who Forted? (est. 2008). The article is about the silliest questions on Yahoo! Answers about paranormal phenomena.

The author of the article, Greg Newkirk, remarks that his experience with paranormal things on the Internet includes that he has “hung out on vampire dating websites […] and even stumbled onto a forum full of people who claimed to be real-life werewolves.” That’s all the article says about those people.

The given selection of questions don’t deal with people who identify as vampires or werewolves. A couple of the given questions are by young women who hope to become mermaids. They appear to be “wanna-be mermaids” of the kind examined by Ketrino. See an earlier Otherkin News article about their subculture, which appeared around 2006.



Sources


Greg Newkirk, “ ‘I Need to Become a Mermaid as Soon as Possible. Pls Help.’ – The Best of Yahoo! Answers Paranormal.” 2013-07-12. Who Forted? http://whofortedblog.com/2013/07/12/i-need-to-become-a-mermaid-as-soon-as-possible-pls-help-the-best-of-yahoo-answers-paranormal/

O. Scribner, “Another mermaid subculture.” 2013-05-15. Otherkin News. http://otherkin-news.livejournal.com/34349.html
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Trigger warnings: None.

June: A UK official, Councillor Simon Parkes, has publicly stated that he believes that he has an extraterrestrial mother, and that he has fathered an extraterrestrial child. He has no concrete evidence that either of them exist. He's going to star in a documentary about his purportedly frequent contact with extraterrestrials. He states that he doesn't believe that this background interferes with his work on the council.

As far as I'm aware, Parkes hasn't participated in communities of people who identify as extraterrestrials (who call themselves starseeds) or other than human (otherkin).


Sources


Stuart Minting, "Whitby councillor claims to have fathered alien child." 2013-06-17. The Northern Echo. http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/10488568.Whitby_councillor_claims_to_have_fathered_alien_child/

"My 'mother' is a 9ft green alien, says councillor." 2012-03-23. The Scarborough News. http://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/local/my-mother-is-a-9ft-green-alien-says-councillor-1-4377481

idoubtit, "An extraterrestrial affair." 2013-06-19. Doubtful News. http://doubtfulnews.com/2013/06/an-extraterrestrial-affair/
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Trigger warnings: The linked article talks about spirituality at length, and about relationship problems.

Last May: On the Witches' Voice (WitchVox), a Neo-Pagan online news magazine, Rev. Natasha Hiller published an article about Earth Angels such as herself, who "are Angels that are incarnated here on Earth to teach others about love."1 This article adheres closely to the description of Earth Angels used by (and I think invented by) Doreen Virtue, a New Age healer, author of the book Earth Angels. Hiller's article also refers to Virtue's writing.

Source


1. Natasha Hiller, "Earth Angels." 2013-05-19. http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=usoh&c=words&id=15158
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Trigger warnings: Publicity trouble, derision.

Grantland.com has a couple of articles about the recent documentaries that have animal people in them. Grantland, established in 2011, is an online magazine focusing on sports and pop culture. ESPN owns it.1 Both of these articles come from Tara Ariano’s article series about television documentaries that Ariano considers to be “freak shows.” The tone is derisive. Yesterday’s article dealt with Boomer the Dog on Taboo USA.2 Another article in the series, from last April, talks about the appearance of Steven and Timothy in “I think I’m an animal.”3

For a round-up of all news about the “I think I’m an animal” documentary, see this earlier post on Otherkin News, which I updated today with more links.



Sources


1. “Bill Simmons.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Simmons
(Bill Simmons is the editor-in-chief of Grantland.)
2. Tara Ariano, “Freak Show & Tell: Something to put all that ‘otherkin’ stuff into perspective.” 2013-06-11. Grantland. http://www.grantland.com/blog/hollywood-prospectus/post/_/id/79238/freak-show-tell-something-to-put-all-that-otherkin-stuff-into-perspective
3. Tara Ariano, “Freak Show & Tell: A lovingly illustrated interspecies romance.” 2013-04-30. Grantland. http://www.grantland.com/blog/hollywood-prospectus/post/_/id/75646/freak-show-tell-a-lovingly-illustrated-interspecies-romance
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Trigger warning: The link goes to a site about spirituality and the occult.

In May, the Witches' Voice (WitchVox), an online Neo-Pagan newspaper, published an article by Taylor Ellwood, magician. The article, "The role of identity in magic," includes a paragraph about otherkin, but isn't all about otherkin. The article explores about what identity is, and says that the otherkin community's focus on identity inspired those questions.

Source


Taylor Ellwood, "The role of identity in magic." WitchVox. 2013-05-19. http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=usor&c=words&id=15428

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