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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.


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.

2015 Digest

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:

Read more... )

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: Implicit comparison between therianthropy and transsexuality.

August: A wolf therianthrope named Susitar published a short article in a Swedish-language feminist online magazine. The August issue’s theme was “The body,” and the editors had called at a Pride festival for articles from young queer people. The article is about Susitar’s experiences with species dysphoria. For more information, see Susitar’s post on the Werelist forum about it.

- O. Scribner


Susitar (Lanina), “Personal text about species dysphoria published.” 2013-08-15. The Werelist: A therianthrope community resource (forum). http://www.werelist.net/forums/showthread.php?t=33216

Susitar Lykantrophona, “Hyfsat snygg för att vara apa (Pretty good looking for an ape.)” 2013-08. Ballers: Feministiskt Livsstilsmagasin (online magazine). http://ballers.se/2013/08/15/hyfsat-snygg-for-att-vara-apa/ Automatic translation into English, beware of translation errors: http://translate.google.se/translate?sl=sv&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=sv&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fballers.se%2F2013%2F08%2F15%2Fhyfsat-snygg-for-att-vara-apa%2F&act=url

Posted with permission from Susitar. Thank you, Susitar.
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Content warnings: Publicity. The linked article contains adult content and profanity.

August 8: An online magazine called HUSH ran an opinion article with a couple paragraphs about otherkin. It doesn't cite the Gawker article about otherkin, but it sounds like it was probably based on it, repeating the same details. The author thinks otherkin are the worst.


Kevin Kostal, "Subculture shock." 2013-08-08. HUSH. http://www.hushmagazine.ca/social-commentary/subculture-shock/
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Trigger warnings for the linked article: Publicity, behavior problems that interfere with needs, social drama.

New Rising Media, an online magazine that refers to itself as "nerd journalism," recently posted an article about otherkin. Helen Gould's article "Otherkin: An unseen world of the non-human" attempts to introduce some of the basics of the otherkin community, and criticism of it. As pointed out by Arethinn in the otherkin blog, there's some interesting comments on the New Rising Media article page. (If you disabled Javascript in your web browser, you'll have to enable it in order to see them.)

- O. Scribner


Helen Gould, "Otherkin: An unseen world of the non-human." 2013-04-08. New Rising Media. http://newrisingmedia.com/all/2013/4/8/otherkin-an-unseen-world-of-the-non-human.html
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Trigger warnings: The linked article was written with the intention to offend. It contains profanity, complaints and slurs against gay, lesbian, and transgender people, rude stuff about people with mental and physical handicaps, complaints about Alcoholics Anonymous, and jokes about suicide and murder, etc.

Taki's Magazine, an online magazine of opinions articles on politics and pop culture, established in 2007, posted an opinion article that complains about the social justice movement, and about otherkin. The author, opinion blogger Kathy Shaidle, isn't otherkin (the title of her article is a joke), and she found out about it all on Reddit.


Kathy Shaidle, "My otherkin headmate is a two-spirited starseed!" 2013-03-05. Taki's Magazine. http://takimag.com/article/my_otherkin_headmate_is_a_two_spirited_starseed_kathy_shaidle/print#ixzz2Mf8FuM3g
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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.


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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Warning: the linked article contains profanity, hostility.

The Gloss, an online magazine for young adults, posted an opinion article about otherkin. The article focuses on a blogger on Tumblr.com called Transcats.


Jamie Peck. “‘Honey, I think I’m a cat.’” 2013-01-22. The Gloss. http://www.thegloss.com/2013/01/22/culture/otherkin-community-transcats
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On September 2, 2012 an article titled "Entry Level: Otherkin” on the website Totally Dublin was published. The article focused on the part of otherkin community on the website Tumblr, commenting on how some otherkin have made use of likening being otherkin to being transgender to varying degrees. In the article the author discuses their strong disagreements with the use of likening the experiences of people who are otherkin to those people who are transgender. 

A few days later on September 6 2012, the website, Gawker, the article “From Otherkin to Transethnicity: Your Field Guide To The Weird World of Tumblr Identity Politics" was posted. This article also focuses on the otherkin community on Tumblr, as well as talking about a person who goes by the calling of Eric Draven who has gained a high amount of controversy both on tumblr and elsewhere over a number of months. The article comments about the high amount of trolling and complaining on tumblr over the topic of otherkin. The article’s final part includes a listing of words, their definitions, and quotes from people who self-identify with those labels to end the article. In the final listing of words, the author includes such topics as “fictives," “multiple systems,” “transethnicity,” “transablism,“ “transfat,” “demisexual,” and “soulbonding” as being part of the otherkin community on tumblr.

- Mist Weaver, from House of Chimeras

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