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.