I thought I should do a write up of sorts?
Reasons I identify as non-human. I should not be doing this post I should be going to bed. Whatever I will have coffee tomorrow.
Also, you cannot convince me that my beliefs are wrong or stupid. They are mine and yours are yours. So there?
And I tried reading the tags to figure this out but It seemed the “otherkin” tag was clogged with back and forth battles between whom an what,
But I have a question.
When one considers their soul to be the ” reincarnation” or “embodiment” of a soul of an animal, or even alien, or plant, or which ever they use to identify their ‘Type’ of otherkin
Do you choose to become an otherkin, or is it more like that of Gays, lesbians, and Trans*. A.K.A- Are you born as an otherkin and simply have to realize that you are one in time?
If perhaps someone could answer this, whither it be one way or the other, I’d love to know so I can gain better ground on the whole otherkin community.
Hello there! I think we will probably have the most interesting answer to this question.
When this body was a young child, Anne frequently pretended to be a cat or part cat, and had a strong affinity for water. We still don’t really know what her kintype is or would be, but there you have it. Had we not developed into a multiple system, she might have grown up to ID as otherkin, upon discovering the term.
When we were in college, Anita got into the furry fandom and basically lifestyled as her fursona, an anthropomorphic ferret with wings. Had she been more aware of otherkin, she might have taken that identity.
I am the “newest” person in this system and the front runner for the foreseeable future. I definitely ID as otherkin, and my kintype is kind of like a satyr with a lion tail?
To answer your actual question, yes and no. I chose to explore my psyche and my personality and my identity and all those neat brain things. I looked at the past behaviors of my previous selves and decided to pursue the exploration of an otherkin identity. I discovered the term and looked at my Self and decided that it fit.
I hope that answers your question, and please don’t be afraid to ask any other questions! :)
because hot damn if they are.
i have no idea what having an imaginary friend means because my 6 year old peers inadequately explained what it means to have one when I was growing up, and my parents didn’t explain it when i asked them. i should look it up now.
looked them up. i solved otherkins.
which then begs the question: what’s wrong with people having imaginary friends if they like it? if it doesn’t pose a risk to anyone, then there’s no reason to be aggressive against otherkin-identified bloggers.
invisibility isn’t oppressive unless it is accompanied by aggression or a lack of access to goods based on the lack of common knowledge of the need.
how is unspecified bullying not a form of oppression? just because it’s directed towards traits that are not viewed with as much weight as identity doesn’t mean it’s not equally bigoted. discrimination sees identity as a trait that represents a whole.
Otherkin is NOT imaginary friends!
Oh my holy gods and goddesses and every other deity-like thing that may or may not be listening, how could this OP be so uninformed?
I mean, how could you go looking up “otherkin” and come out the other side with “otherkin are imaginary friends.” ?????? I honestly don’t understand how you came to this conclusion.
"Otherkin" is a term used for when a person does not identify as human. For any variety of reasons, they feel that they should not have a human body. They are perfectly aware that they do have one, so there is no need to point it out to them. Other words that are commonly used in conjunction with “otherkin” are “nonhuman” and “therian,” though depending on who you ask, these three words can have very different meanings or definitions.
I am just one nonhuman person out of hundreds, so please know that everything in this post is from my point of view only. For me, being nonhuman is a very spiritual thing. My kintype is monsterkin. “Kintype” is a broad category for types of otherkin (birdkin, dragonkin, etc.). As a monster, I sometimes get phantom sensations from where my horns, tail, wings, ears, and fur should be. This is not a made-up other person that I am imagining. This is how I see myself in my own headspace.
I would urge you, OP, to do some more research on what otherkin, nonhuman, and therian actually mean. Because I assure you we are not imaginary friends.
As for the bulk of your post, you are absolutely right. Our identities are harming no other person, and many of us are rather happy to identify as nonhuman. The otherkin hate that is posted in the tag makes absolutely no sense. I also agree that generalized bullying is a form of oppression, especially if you are looking at the dictionary definition of that word.
I hope I have been an educational resource for you, and that I have not offended you with my “tone” of text.
Was that enough warning for you? Because if it wasn’t, turn back now, or scroll onward or something because tonight Alexander is full of feelings and zie wants to express them!
The spark of some pretty intense feels was actually a couple weeks ago when I was coming home and “Shake it Out” by Florence and the Machine came on the radio. Now, I love Florence, she’s got a great voice and great lyrics. However, her songs always make me feel something once I stop and really listen to them, so I do not always listen to her and I would not count her among my favorite artists. I love music in all its forms, but I often prefer to listen to music for the sake of beauty in it, not necessarily the emotional content.
Two passages from “Shake it Out” struck me deeply that day.
"I am done with my graceless heart/so tonight I’m gonna cut it out and then restart"
"Looking for heaven, found a devil in me/went looking for heaven found the devil in me"
The first passage struck me because I have been feeling for some time now that I need a hard reset/restart on certain aspects of my life, especially connections with my biological family. I need to stop caring what my parents think of my gender identity and just go for it, and I need to come out to my extended family or else the hiding is going to hurt me.
The second passage stuck because of how I came about to discover being a median-multiple and being otherkin. I went looking for “heaven” or understanding of myself, peace of mind, etc. and I found this devil, this terrible awful thing about myself. Which by the way I have been beginning to doubt is a real thing.
I would really love to make a short animation to this song, but that is probably for a different time and blog.
I feel that I need to either stop being easily offended, or I need to stop being friends with certain people. I want to remain the nice person that I have always been, across different identities, so I don’t think I can stop being easily offended. Maybe I should be a bit less defensive, take things in stride a bit more, but I can’t really help my feelings getting hurt sometimes. On the other hand, I have made some friends that for the most part I really like them, but they sometimes say mean or hurtful things. One of them is a pretty big jerk/asshole. But he’s still a cool guy overall, so I’m not really sure what to do.
Maybe that needs to be part of the “restart.”
I don’t feel agitated by being or possibly being anything. My biggest worries come from how my loved ones would react if I ever told them these kinds of thoughts. The only people I can count on to always love and accept me are my siblings, one of which is not that emotionally responsive (though this is hardly their fault). I do not count on unconditional love from my parents, my other friends, or my extended family.
I do not feel safe with my mother or my father, and that kills me. I do not feel safe, because I have chosen to explore what gender and species mean to me and have discovered myself to be Other. Because of my ADD behaviors growing up, I was taught to always obey my parents and to “act normal.”
The sad fact is, I have to relearn my relationship with my parents. They are disrespectful of me, and I have to learn how to tell them to fuck off.
I need to be done with this graceless heart. I need to cut them out and restart.
I am still not 100% okay with Anne and Anita being more solid figures in my head. They are still in there, only making comments and only when needed. But I am still not perfectly okay with it. I don’t know how to be okay with it. Sometimes I just want to shove them away and never think about them again. Other times I want to make them into actual characters that I can use in stories or in art. Maybe that’s all they actually are, based on different aspects of me at different ages, and I just got a bit carried away with my imagination.
I don’t know. It all seems inconsequential. The multiple thing and the otherkin thing. I’m at a kind of “why bother?” point with both aspects. They do not affect my day-to-day life, I do not focus on it when out in public. I just go do things. Even at home, I just do things without the need for nuances in identity and shit.
In all literal reality, all I have is a strong connection to nature, a love of horns, feathers, birch trees, and a couple characters based heavily on how I was as a child and how I was as a teenager.
I do not know if these things count as legit otherkin things or legit multiple personality things.
I don’t especially care either way.
IDK how many otherkin are into this kind of thing, but I wanted to take a minute to share this site with people in the tag. They’ve got paintings and figurines and plushies and all sorts of cool things :D