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2011-07-06 09:50 am

[public thoughts] Tumblr and the evolution of the otherkin community, part 2

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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2001-02-22 02:16 pm
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[public thoughts] On speciesism as a metaphor, and why it (sometimes) bugs me

Okay, so. Thing I've had in my head to ramble about for a little while, partly inspired by these submission criteria-- which I do not think reject allegorical use of species or fantastic race issues for the same reason I'm uncomfortable with them, but still kind of made me squee.

So. What do I mean by this? Well, I am totally okay with use of species/fantastic race issues in fiction. It's actually one of my fiction kinks. I co-wrote a 170,000-word work set in a society where speciesism was the main thrust of the character dynamics and had a fair bit of influence over the plot. I've been thrashing out an awesome story with some people lately which involves the issue of species transition in a world where transspeciesism is (barely) acknowledged. (Well, that and a dozen other things. XD) When it comes to the species issues, I am all up in them.

My bugbear, in this instance, is the popular conception that all such stories must necessarily reduce to allegory or metaphor for "real-world" scenarios. I saw this view posited again today on Slacktivist, and it made my hackles rise such that I had to stomp over here and post about it.

Cut for long )
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2000-09-09 09:32 pm
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[public thoughts] in which I talk about phantom body parts, because nobody else is doing so.

Okay, that's not strictly true. But I feel like it is, a little, sometimes. Or rather, like that's true of a lot of things in the otherkin community: we talk a lot about feeling them, where by "talk a lot" I mean "we say the same one line about feeling them, in our multitudes", but there's precious little depiction, in-depth, of what that feeling is like.

I crave words I can sink my teeth into, always. When I do stumble across such descriptions, and the non-human longings are bothering me, I feel better. When I come across them in times of ease, I feel a pleasant solidarity. In short, I really get a lot out of it when people go on about these things, purely because it's nice to know you're not alone.

So as I was writing up a detailed description of the phenomenon for a friend yesterday, I thought I'd share it with the journal, in case it's useful to anyone else.

Cut for length )

So this is me-- but tell me about yourself!

Speaking of such, and as a kind of surreal coincidence, I woke up this morning to find that my laptop... was growing feathers.

Photographic proof )
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2000-06-17 02:08 am
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[public thoughts] fictionbit: star dragons

Just a little ficbit that I dreamt up yesterday. I was pondering wedding dresses, and the fact that, while I think love is a wonderful thing to celebrate, there are a lot of weddings that happen for fairly trivial reasons or aren't felt particularly powerfully by the people who have them, and it's a shame that they're basically one of the only formal ceremonies we have in our lives; and was wondering what, in a society of my own devising, could be some good and universally memorable reasons to get all dressed up.

This was what came to mind. A little over 1000 words. )