tangyabominy: A serious-looking image of unicorn from Robot Unicorn Attack, standing on a cliff. Text: "Follow your dreams". (follow your dreams)
[personal profile] tangyabominy
It's interesting. I've been becoming more and more aware of Tumblr over the past few weeks, and there's a very interesting movement happening there of all places that I don't see being mirrored in the rest of the otherkin community, and which I believe is very welcome.

Namely: the otherkin community is joining up with activists for social change. Mostly in the asexual and neurodiversity spheres, which themselves are slowly becoming recognised as raising serious issues of social imbalance and injustice.

We've got people like asexualheart blogging about why bigotry against otherkin and multiples isn't cool. We've got people like chasingcaribou blogging about why otherkin might not be oppressed, but they are treated with hate and hostility and expected to erase their internal identities without help or support. We've got people like amianym saying that having to hide a crucial part of one’s identity or having no social power is, irrefutably, oppression.

We've got different opinions, different debates, but none of it is centred around what people tend to think of when they think of otherkin talking about "oppression" and "rights": teenagers angsting about "fursecution". It's mature, it's well-thought-out, it's evolved; it's addresssing reasonable questions, like the right of people to be non-human-identified and how to express that in a world that is overwhelmingly human-cultured. Like whether non-human culture and expression deserves protections and allowances, whether it is right to erase its appearance in public. Like whether the very fact that we're not allowed to talk about otherkin seriously, not allowed to treat it as a serious identity, is a kind of erasure.

It's been a long time in coming, and I'm happy to see it. For all intents and purposes, this seems to be, finally, the beginning of otherkin identities being treated seriously in the activist sphere.

And why not?

Please spread the word about this, because this knowledge needs to become viral. That's how social movements take hold.

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Date: 2011-07-06 06:11 pm (UTC)
arethinn: glowing green spiral (Default)
From: [personal profile] arethinn
I would like to repost in some form, since you've said this so well, but I see that this is locked...

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Date: 2011-07-06 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heron61.livejournal.com
That is both very cool and also a bit surprising. It seems that finally otherkin may be in the process of entering another level of public awareness and discourse. Thank you muchly for posting these links.

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Date: 2011-07-07 07:31 am (UTC)
goldkin: snoooooooww! (snoooooooww!)
From: [personal profile] goldkin
So, I have this thing I just posted to Google+ to give you a signal boost and stir up conversation. Because I chose to make it private to protect the innocent (in the comments), and because it seems you aren't on there yet, I figured I'd copy it here:

One of the really thrilling things about Google+ is that, like those first newsgroups or BBSes many of us stumbled on well over a decade ago, we can finally have a reasoned, rational, focused conversation with people we actually care about, free of worrying about the opinions of our extended families or employers.

As much as it's a step forward, it marks a return to those small flickerings of firelight that we used to first find our communities. And that evolution is clearly what we've always needed, presented to us imperfectly through every iteration of the newest tool.

So, yes. While the post is clearly about Tumblr, not G+, there's something to be said about the tools of the next generation. They're allowing us to spread our information more clearly, with higher fidelity, to a wider, more focused audience. As someone that identifies with a large number of niche groups (otherkin and geek being only two), I am entirely okay with this.

Given the quality of otherkin-oriented conversation I'm trying to stir up there, it might be worth your time to have a look. The necessary evolution beyond Facebook's promiscuous data model, combined with an opt-in style of conversation, has made it quite friendly so far.

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Date: 2011-07-07 03:41 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
That? That is neat.

I've excerpted a bit of that tumblr to write about when I get twenty minutes to rub together.

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Date: 2012-06-20 09:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lhexa
I think that activism is missing the point exactly. As I recall, Otherkin served as a refuge from, I guess I can say, common social dynamics. And political activism is about as common as it gets, only one step up or down from social dynamics governed by family dynamics.

But hey, I'm just a furry. ^_^

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Date: 2013-05-26 07:42 am (UTC)
kistaro: A color-shifting dragon demonstrates its chameleonic tendencies. (Default)
From: [personal profile] kistaro
It's been a very long time. You're a person I quietly miss, and was kind of thinking of in my entry about how modern social networking isn't doing well at serving the needs of ideas or of introverts. Have you been well?

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