Trigger warnings: criticism of otherkin.
I thought that I would post a link list like this every month, but the otherkin community has been so creative recently that I find it hard to keep up! Scarcely any time after my previous link list, I’ve already got a long list of new articles and projects. Maybe I should post a link list here on a weekly basis instead of monthly? New articles introducing otherkin-related concepts
,” by Pantairin, of Chimera. 2011-07.
A cladotherianthrope is one whose animal side is a generalization of all animals within a taxa, such as an entire genus, rather than a species. A very well-written introduction to the definition and history of this concept.
“A short history of soulbonding
,” by Tatsuya Rokurou, of the Flatlanders.
This article is written with the assumption that the reader is already familiar with multiplicity. In 2001, the first mention of “soulbonding” (mentally communicating with fictional characters). An overview of this concept’s changing relationship with fan-fiction and multiplicity. The development of related concepts of “muses” and of “otakukin.” How the definition of “soulbonding” changed in 2003, and problems with that definition: it assumes that every soulbonding relationship is the same, which is false in actual practice. New articles criticizing otherkin, and new responses to criticism
“Otherkin troll bingo!
” by Tsu. 2011-11-12.
A list of the phrases that people most commonly use to discredit otherkin, followed by a list of short responses from an otherkin correcting misconceptions in all of those. Both parts were created by a bird otherkin.
“We are not sick and dangerous, for the record
,” by an anonymous otherkin. 2011-10-27.
An otherkin described being otherkin to mental health counselors, and they responded positively. They don’t see it as disassociation, schizophrenia, or anything harmful. It just exists, so the responsible thing to do is to deal with it existing as best possible.
“The parable of the were-duck
,” by Aura Escher. 2011-08-24.
A vampyre criticizes therians for claiming to be animals, saying that therians are not animals in any real way. Escher expresses the opinion that what therians fool themselves into mistaking for their “animal side” is actually something else which is present in all humans, and not an “animal side” at all.
“Confessions of a former otherkin
,” by BellaDonna Saberhagen. 2011-11-13.
A personal reflection by a Neo-Pagan who once self-described as fairy, describing how inexperienced Neo-Pagans often initially go through a phase of deluding themselves and one another into believing excessively far-fetched things, including that they are dragons, werewolves, angels, or even gods, who will play a part in the end/transformation of the world. Saberhagen advises the reader to take caution with spirituality, and accept being human.
“The skeptical otherkin #3: How inappropriate
,” by Feathertail. 2011-11-21.
An otherkin asks, how do we determine whether the use of an idea is cultural appropriation?Articles on what it's like to be a...?
,” by Citrakāyaḥ. 2011-07.
What it’s like to be a cheetah therianthrope.
“Certata: From the blue fleet
,” by Earth Listener, of Chimera. 2011-11.
What it’s like to be a blue glaucus sea-slug therian.
“Tell me what it is like to be a swangirl
,” by Tsu. 2011-11-18.
What it’s like to be a swan. Untitled (swangirl)
, by Tsu. 2011-09-06.
On how the human and swan sides get along without clashing. On being autistic and otherkin. Other new articles
“People are only visible when they’re encouraged to speak
,” by an anonymous author. 2011-11-12.
The otherkin and therian community mostly limits itself to conversation in English. As a result, we hear less or not at all from people in non-English-speaking parts of the world.
“From fictionkin to animalkin
,” by Mist Weaver, of the Chimeras. 2011-06.
Written by a fictional animal member of a plural system. Assumes the reader is already familiar with the concepts of fiction-kin, therianthropy, and plurality.
“More thoughts about monsters
,” by Tsu. 2011-10-17.
On the sacredness of that which is seen as different, strange, wrong, unacceptable, or scary. Whether you are a monster or not, you deserve to exist. Untitled (mythology)
, by Tsu. 2011-08-28.
On the value of mythology
“The upside-down of grounding
,” by Child Of The Fae. 2011-11-15.
The metaphysical anatomy of this Fae otherkin differs from the standard metaphysical anatomy of a human. This creates a challenge when performing metaphysical acts such as “grounding.” Assumes the reader is already familiar with the concepts of metaphysical anatomy, otherkin, and grounding.New foreign-language articles
“Otherkin – dziwactwo czy fantastyczny sposób na życie? (Otherkin – a quirk, or a fantastic way to live?)
,” by Ewelina Czarnecka. 2011-08-29.
(In Polish.) An introduction to otherkin for outsiders. This polite and not sensationalistic article is in a women’s online magazine, We-Dwoje
, which is otherwise mostly about fashion and health.New art Otherkin comic
, by Drakmanka. 2011-11-13. Very nice. New Podcast
The Pagan Musings podcast is having a show about otherkin
, interviewing three otherkin: “Arthur,” Stormcrow, and Lupa.New projects
The Beyond Awakening blog focuses on exploring otherkin-related topics that have had relatively little written about them. The latest essay prompt is titled “Challenge: Energetic Health
.” Meirya asks otherkin to write about how their metaphysical energetic anatomy differs from that which is defined as “normal and healthy” in most literature on the subject.
Waoterlelie is running a survey
, and is asking for otherkin to take a Meyers-Briggs personality test, and then send in their results. New web-sites Walking Between Worlds
, a collection of essays written by two anonymous Vanir elves: one, an otherkin, the other, her spirit companion. New blogs The Other Problems, or, Dear Solace: A secrets and advice Tumblr
. Anonymously send in your otherkin-related secrets or pleas for advice. The person running this blog is familiar with both psychology and otherkin, and patiently offers very wise advice to any who ask for it. It Was Never Perfect But It Was Always Right
, an otherkin-inspired work of ongoing fiction that has only just begun. I Want To Go Home
: Send in pictures of places that feel like Home, pictures of places for which your otherkin side feels homesick. Little Otherkin Things And Problems
. Short blurbs summarizing small things that are distinct to otherkin experience, whether joyful or sorrowful. Other new link round-ups, like this one
“Link roundup and some news
,” by Meirya. 2011-11-26.
Includes some summaries of how the otherkin community has been changing recently.
“Non-human blogs, resources, and projects
,” by Tsu. 2011-11-26.Thank you
Thanks to Earth Listener for telling me about several of these new things. Thanks to Tsu and Meirya for also collecting lists of new links on their blogs. When the otherkin community is so wonderfully creative and active, I appreciate any kind of help for keeping up with the fast pace!
- O. Scribner