What does it mean to be otherkin? How the term has lost it’s luster
Being otherkin, for most, is a small detail of just about anyone’s lives. It’s a small difference to us that usually is not put directly up front. For some, it’s spiritual, while for others, it can be a mental thing. Otherkin, in the days I first found these people, were fairly under the radar. Hardly noticed, as they were careful and wary to join public sites like these. I rememer that the twitter community was fairly quaint, though I haven’t dipped my feet in the live journal groups. I just recall that there was a sort of mellow feeling on these forums, sites, etc.
But then, I watched as the Otherkin tag on Tumblr was created. I decided I was going to give it a go. It evolved from a place putting out a great example of kin, to an area where those who would not be accepted for their fluffyness onto forums. These people put the entire community in a bad light. The Twitter otherkin community was demolished, swarmed by people laughing at and mocking what the otherkin on tumblr had been doing. It honestly broke my heart as there were many friends on twitter who I lost contact with because of the swarming of tumblrkin posts on the otherkin tag within twitter.
I feel like it’s slowly becoming the in thing. People are seeing the tag and making immediate decisions about being kin without truly searching within themselves, just so they could fit in. Lying to yourself and others about your fake identity will eventually ruin you and whatever friendships you formed around it. I cannot stress how dangerous it is to assume before you actually learn what it means to be otherkin. Not just anyone is otherkin, and it’s a very long process to sort it out yourself.
We will all have different opinions in this world. Otherkin should generally stay firm on their beliefs. But all in all, otherkin are average people. Heck, I’m as average as it gets, I’m an art student going to college, I have a few siblings, pets, and a very loving mom and dad. Not all otherkin are social justice bloggers. Not all otherkin go crazy and bark at work. Not all otherkin tell you to not refer to them as human.
I feel the one thing that has been lost as the Otherkin people moved to tumblr, is that they are rejecting their humanity. “Refer to me as a wolf” “Calling me a person is offensive, call me a being”. We must learn that we are ALL human, biologically, mentally, physically. When we lose ourselves to being otherkin, it can be very destructive. I have only seen this form of behaviour start on tumblr. Once we forget we are human, it will open the door to many, many problems within our relationships, and ourselves. We must embrace that we are humans, and in the end, it will all be worth it.
So I guess to me, what it means to be otherkin mainly is to see from the eyes within myself, rather than the eyes my shell, my body, provides. It gives me a chance to watch these strange people up close, and be able to interact with them. I feel if I were born as anything else in this age, I would be missing out. We are beautiful creatures, and we should be embracing these brains and bodies to be able to give us a chance to analyze who we are, within ourselves. And this is why I feel otherkin have lost their luster, because they are beginning to fail when it comes to realizing the beauty in this.