Trigger warnings: none that I can think of for this article itself, although the majority of the linked articles do talk about species dysphoria discomfort, and a few talk about harassment, but this will be clear from their titles and descriptions. New resource documents for otherkin
“Theories of causes of otherkin
,” by Meirya, 2011-12-06. A list of various ways that people explain why and how they are otherkin, whether spiritual or secular. This is a newer but simpler version of an earlier article by Meirya, “Otherkin and therian theories of cause or origin
,” 2006. An anonymous sidhe replied with an additional item for the list
“The Hall of All Souls - A shared 'kin space and meditation
,” by Tsu (Avianthrophile). 2011-12-05. A guided meditation for visiting an imaginary space, based on the idea that if many people visit the same imaginary space, then it will gain shared energy, and perhaps even stable enough that we can meet one another there. Trigger warning: occult. [Edit 2011-12-27:
Tsu informs me that thebrit-thespirit has recorded an audio narration
of this guided meditation, which is much easier to follow along with.]
“More advices on finding your species
,” by Tsu. 2011-12-14
,” by Tsu. 2011-12-01. On the diversity among otherkin.
“Occupy the otherkin tag
,” by Tsu. 2011-11-30. The otherkin tag on Tumblr.com has suffered an increase of vandalism and harassment during the past couple of months, so this article offers wise advice on how to deal with that.
“Non-human book list!
” by Tsu and Autisticwolfchild, collecting books of fiction and folklore “which have good nonhuman characters, feelings of nonhuman identity,” and so are popular or likely to be enjoyed by otherkin. 2011-11-30.
“A Directory of Otherkin Writings and Other Works, Organized by Topic
” by O. Scribner. This has updated to version 0.5, with much better organization, and many more articles.
“A directory of kin and interested persons
” summarizes some such bloggers on Tumblr. Other new writings about otherkin
“Shapeshifting into Kin: Part One
” and “Part Two
” by Lupa. 2011-12-06 and 2011-12-15. Trigger warnings: pictures of animal pelts and nudity.
“Vampires at Occupy
,” by Deacon Gray, who interviews two vampires (not identified by name) at the Occupy campaign in Boise, Idaho, who say that vampirism “has very little to do with Occupy,” except that the problems in the country affect the vampire community as much as everyone else. 2011-12-12.
“Interview with a vampire combat vet
,” by Deacon Gray. An interview with T., a Senior Master Sergeant who also happens to be a sanguinarian vampire. Trigger warning: mention of blood drinking.
“Otherkin in a vampire community
,” by Deacon Gray. An interview with Sarah, who calls herself an otherkin wolf.
“Life as a multiple kitsune otherkin transgender dragon/phoenix,” by Feathertail: part 1
, part 2
, and part 3
. The personal reflections of Feathertail. 2011-12.
“The skeptical otherkin #3: How inappropriate
,” Feathertail’s article about cultural appropriation, now has a couple of follow-up articles: “The skeptical otherkin #3b: When it really is inappropriate
,” and “The skeptical otherkin #3b, take two
“The skeptical otherkin #4a: How to tell fundamentalists apart
,” by Feathertail, 2011-12-13. Trigger warning: description of intolerance.
An untitled post
by Pery, a shapeshifter. 2011-11. Points out the big difference between a human and an otherkin saying that they wish they could fly. Trigger warning: erasure.
“If otherkin feelings were a ‘normal human experience’ shared by most people…
” by Tsu, 2011-11-28. A list of ways in which mainstream culture would be extremely different if it were true that the experiences of otherkin were commonplace. This was written as a retort to outsiders’ ignorant claims that the experiences of otherkin are no different from the experiences of everybody else. Trigger warnings: erasure, longing. New poetry and fiction about otherkin
An untitled poem
with the opening line “if skeletons were wire framed / and could be bent to correction” by herhandswereleavess, a shapeshifter therian. 2011-12-06. Trigger warnings: species dysphoria discomfort, longing.
An untitled piece of flash fiction
with the opening line “She tries on the horns, to see if they fit…” by Tsu, 2011-12-03. New otherkin blogsOtherkin Ask
maintained by Sky (Capricarnal
) and Fox (Foxyfoxfox
). “Primarily this is an ask/answer blog, but there will also be signal boosts, story reblogs, and conversation.” Anybody can anonymously ask questions, and the maintainers will offer very brief answers. Trans Kinfolk
, a blog for people who are both transgender and otherkin. Kin and therians of colour
, a blog for people who are people of color as well as otherkin or therianthropes. The Graveyard Press
, “a modern magazine for a modern vampire community,” just started in November. [Edit 2011-12-27:
Sylvere ap Leanan points out that the Graveyard Press has been around longer than that; it's just that it has recently returned from hiatus and moved to a new site.] New sitesThe Equine Dream Foundation
site has returned to public view. It argues for the right to morphological freedom, and includes discussion of methods for transforming one’s self by means of surgery, particularly into the semblance of another creature. [Edit 2011-12-27:
I should clarify that the Equine Dream Foundation doesn't say that it's affiliated with the otherkin or therianthrope communities, although it is part of a transformation enthusiast community, along with another site named If WisheRs Were Horses
. Thanks to Jarandhel for pointing this out.]
- O. Scribner