Ok so lets talk about this.
Otherkin is not, and will never be, an oppressed group.
Please stop conflaiting otherkin with actual oppressed groups, with social justice in general and/or involving us in identity politics.
People who make fun of otherkin are not “invalidating” our identites, because while otherkin is a personal identity label, it is not an identity like, say, being Trans* or gay or whathaveyou are.
While I’m sure people in the community appreciate you trying to stick up for us, often times you do so in a way that is appropriative of other groups, or tries to make otherkin look like a valid oppressed group, when we are not.
Otherkin has nothing to do with being Trans* and we DO NOT fall under the Trans* label strictly for being otherkin, if you see someone implying this call them out.
Otherkin is also not a gender, otherkin do not get special otherkin pronouns. Fucking stop it.
The otherkin tag often gets a number of posts by trolls stating that they are transmeatpizza or something ridiculous as such, BUT THEY ARE TROLLS, they are not actual kin, and should not be used as examples of how otherkin act.
Please do not get your only sources of information on otherkin from internet trolls, Encyclopedia Dramatica, the gawker article or what have you, I have linked to a few resources you can learn about further down this post.
Now, that being said, there ARE otherkin who are also Trans* and sometimes said people do like to talk about their personal experiences with both, HOWEVER their personal experiences obviously do not apply across the board.
Otherkin with mental illness exist, that does not mean they are otherkin because they are ill, and unless you happen to be that persons doctor, do not attempt to diagnose them.
POC otherkin exist, we are not all bored, rich white kids.
On that note impoverished otherkin also exist.
OTHERKIN TERMS AND DEFFINITION:
Otherkin are people who in some way or another feel as though they are nonhuman, typically this is a personal, spiritual belief, that may involve the belief that they have a nonhuman soul that was accidentally placed into a human body, or that they had a nonhuman past life that they still feel strongly connected to, enough to still identify with it.
Others believe it is entirely psychological, possibly odd brain development, a coping mechanism, related to trauma or mental illness, or a strong connection with the archetype/symbolism of a particular creature, enough to identify with that more than humans.
Despite these beliefs otherkin are well aware that they are physically human and live in a human society, and this must attempt to the best of our abilities to function as human.
Friendly reminder that religious/spiritual beliefs =/= mental illness.
You can be religious and mentally ill, and you can also be non-religious and mentally ill.
Religion and spirituality can certainly overlap with mental illness, and if taken far enough, some beliefs could indeed make one mentally ill, but there is no magic button or on/off switch that makes you mentally ill the second you believe in something, or stop believing in something.
Just throwing that out there.
Much like any community of course, you get your bad seeds, people using their otherkinness to excuse bad or harmful behavior, or a use or manipulate people. We try to keep everyone aware of these types of people and how to avoid them (its harder on Tumblr than it is on our own specific sites where we can ban someone doing those things )
Otherkin also have roots in a group from the 70’s called the Silver Elves, and first appeared online in the early 90’s back in old usenet groups.
Typically otherkin specifically refers to people that ID with or as mythical type creatures like elves, fae, demons ect but can be used as an umbrella term for all nonhuman identifying people.
The Therianthropy community developed seperatley from the otherkin community and encompasses people who ID as/with earthly animals that do or have at one point existed on this planet (wolves, bears, dinosaurs, ect )
There is a middle group, mythical types that feel more comfortable within the therian community and whose types tend to be more beast like (some dragons, unicorns, griffins ect) who are being called Theriomythics, though the term is still not widespread amoung the English speaking communities.
Links and resources:
http://dreamhart.org/category/newbie-info/ <—- Newbie info. Contains another FAQ, the working deffinition of otherkin, what an awakening is ect
http://dreamhart.org/category/otherkin/otherkin-community/ <—- List of articles dealing with the community itself
http://dreamhart.org/2012/01/a-revised-otherkin-faq/ <—- Another FAQ
http://anotherwiki.dreamhart.org/wiki/Main_Page <— Otherkin wiki run by the owner/maintainer of DreamHart.Org
http://justanotherkin.tumblr.com/post/58429596952/an-faq-on-otherkin-for-the-perplexed-observer <——- DLF/Justanotherotherkin’s FAQ
—————-Therian specific information——————-
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Therianthropy <—- Wiki entry on Therianthropy and and its various different applications in different cultures.
http://www.wulfhowl.com/therianthrope-definition/ <—- What is Therianthropy? Current deffinition being used by the Therian community From WulfHowl.
http://project-shift.org/terms-definitions/ <—- Terms and deffinitions used in the therian community
http://project-shift.org/category/community/ <—- Articles about the therian community in general.
http://therian.wikia.com/wiki/Therianthropic_Shifting_types<—- Shift types and definitions.
http://drinkthesoysauce.tumblr.com/post/38845599204/an-otherkin-therianthropy-newbie-pack <——-ChasingCaribou’s newbie pack.
http://jarandhel.tumblr.com/post/75180163106/welcome-to-the-otherkin-community <—-welcome to the otherkin community link post by Jarandhel
http://jarandhel.tumblr.com/post/75185892460/a-few-more-links <—-More links from Jarandhel
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That should be enough for now. If anyone has a specific question that is not answered in one of the links provided please feel free to message me. Anon is also on if you wish to ask without revealing who you are.
tl;dr otherkin is a spiritual belief and is not to be seen as an opressed group of people like transpeople, since this is their choice to believe. this post enlightened me a lot about otherkin thanks : )