I just wanted to let you know, sometimes I browse your blog at my boyfriend's house - so today he was reading over my shoulder and I had to try to explaining otherkins to him. He thinks the whole concept is a riot so thanks. :D
Oh huh I took that post as like about the guy who has a disability keeping him from running meaning like he couldn't be in the same state as whatever his nonhuman identity is and thought he was like a cheetah or something, maybe I read into it wrong
you might be right. the whole thing is really puzzling. maybe they consider not being able to run on their legs and arms as being “disabled by not being able to run” too. i REALLY dont know but its just gross to think about
I just wanted to wholeheartedly agree with your post on otherkin and people in general romanticizing mental illness. I have schizophrenia myself and my father has MPD. MPD is HORRIBLE he has been abusive towards me and my mother all my life but you can't talk to him about it because he legit doesn't remember doing these things unless he is in that different mindset. The medication used to treat my disorder has also taken a toll on my physical health. I want to know what is so appealing to them.
because they dont actually understand the mental illnesses. they just think it makes people ‘quirky’. nope.
little opinion here, i understand the issues related to mental illness and physical illness being upsetting. i've seen people who say they're "transdisabled" when they are perfectly able and that really pisses me off? some people who are otherkin seem to use this too but it isn't an entirely otherkin issue, just something some of them seem to do. also i've seen relating trans and otherkin body dysphoria and imo that didn't bother me, i'm saying that cos i'm trans but idk?
i dont really have a reply for this but ill just post it up
Could you please explain what you mean by otherkin 'romanticizing physical/mental illness'? Are you applying this to ALL otherkin, or just the really dumb ones? I have diagnosed schizophrenia and I've never had a problem with otherkin, but obviously I don't speak for everyone.
again im not very eloquent but
its not all otherkin of course, and i guess this moreso applies to people who self diagnose, do the ‘system of personalities” glorified roleplaying stuff, or ‘transabled’, theyre trying to take all the ‘fun quirks’ and possible benefits from illness and apply it to themselves, without having to deal with the negatives, but still wanting to have that ‘privilege’ to complain about the problems?
they want to build their “identity” around having an illness they may or may not have, so they can be more unique
i think the closest ‘illness’ that would be on the same level as clinical lycanthropy, which is extremely rare, though i havent seen anyone claim to have it yet.
lmfao the only big problem I have with otherkin is that they claim to have phantom pain. I have pain similar to phantom pain (a lot of my muscle and skin was removed from my arm and the nerves are dead all the way through) and it is life ruining. I was going to be an artist. Them crying about how their phantom limbs hurt actually does upset me because they have no idea how terrible it is. :/
yea that part is completely disgusting and usually pretty inaccurate because i saw a bird otherkin talking about his phantom wing-pain but it was separated from his arms, which wouldnt work because for birds, their wings are their arms!!
or they think animal ears are on the top of their head…which nope, thats not how it is. animal ears start from the sides of their heads, just like peoples!!
and then the “phantom tail pain”…i mean wouldnt your tailbone hurt too?? i dont know.
but yea that is part of the whole ‘romanticizing physical/mental illness’ thing. its insulting.
its the idea of people romanticizing mental or physical illnesses, or romanticizing transgender/queer peoples so you can have a cheap shot at having an ‘identity’, but trying to morph it into your ‘own thing’, so you can be more different but still have that sense of belonging, so you can grieve your ‘oppressions’ without actually having to deal with the real issues that people have.
its harmful to people who do have disorders, dysphoria or disabilities.
its not so much the people who are into animals, most of those folk are harmless i suppose, but once it starts getting into disabilities and illnesses, like people who want to be schizophrenic or the glorified roleplayers who claim they are a system of people, just because they want to be, and then go on about the oppression they get. they say its real but multiple-personality-disorders are so extremely rare and it simply doesnt work the way they think it does. you dont just jump from you to whatever alternate personality to talk about your favorite one piece character or harry potter gifs on tumblr.
its on the same line of people self-diagnosing themselves with things just so they can get away with being terrible or making mistakes. its harmful to people who do struggle with these sorts of things.
and personally i dont get whats the rush with trying to find your identity anyways, you probably wont know your entire self for your entire life, so you have all your life to explore yourself. take it easy
thats how i feel about it. sorry if i didnt word it very well but im not super eloquent
edit: also if their definition of ‘problems’ are jacuzzi bubbles then they really need to rethink their life a bit because to say jacuzzi bubbles are a big issue is just really fucking insulting to anyone who has a hard time in life.