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[ the writings of a na'vi 'kin ]

Fandom Wank (FW) transfail

Hello Fandom Wank (yes I am aware of your site and your comments),

Just a quick note, you may mock my beliefs, and me all you wish, but enough with the transfail. It is offensive and hurtful. :/

The inherent anti-Na'vi qualities of Encyclopedia Dramatica
The Personal Offense Caused To Me By ED.com

I was browsing the internet in order to learn more about and become more enlightened about my people, when I came across the article for James Cameron's "Avatar" on satire site Encyclopedia Dramatica. Here is the link, for those interested: http://encyclopediadramatica.com/Avatar_(movie)

I found this article very offensive on deeply personal levels.

First, there seems to be a horrible misconception about the Na'vi race on the internet. They are not furry. Na'vi do not have pelts. I feel that this should be re-emphasized in order to distance Na'vi 'kin from the "batshit fuckery" that is the furry community. There also seems to be another misconception about Na'vi biology - we do not "fuck". Jake did not "fuck" the girl. Na'vi are not so earthly and crude. I believe mating is possibly cloacal or something along similar lines, as in birds. I dislike the implication here contained that Na'vi engage in such crude activities, when we are an enlightened race. I will not even go into the crudely offensive and pornographic images of my people engaging in filthy acts with lesser beings. At the sight of these I had to leave the computer chair for two hours.

The image of the Hindu god is horribly offensive. It is as if they want to usurp Eywa and convert Her followers. Sorry, ED.com, but Eywa is the one true god and She is great. Also, calling us "smurfs" is incredibly racist. It is the same as calling black people "jungle bunnies" or "nigga". It is a horrible slur and equates Na'vi with lesser beings. I do not even understand the comparison, as smurfs are very short. This I believe to be implied heightism.

There are further misconceptions contained, such as the ridiculous notion that Na'vi ride chickens. We only ride pa'li, ikran, and, if we are enlightened enough, toruk. Incidentally I will mention at this point that I believe I may have been one of the five toruk makto. I had a dream two nights ago where I was something of a Jesus figure amongst my people. I also dislike the article because it makes fun of my native tongue, mocks Na'vi facial features in a racist way, and finally implies that Na'vi are fat, which is another horrible miconception about their biology, as Na'vi in reality have very little body fat.

If anyone found this article amusing I would urge you to seek spiritual advancement via meditation, guided spirit journeys, or other similar means.

Issues with my ban - why it is unjust

There are several aspects of my ban from otherkin.com that I have a problem with. I have mentioned some in comments here and there, but as this is rather disjointed I felt that it would be helpful to gather them all and document them here.

-> There has been no reply from "admin" to my e-mail which politely inquired as to the reason and outlined some of my issues with some of the comments. The lack of response is disappointing, as I believe that one of the key points to running a community fairly is contact and interaction with the memberbase.

-> My profile gives my gender as unspecified for a reason. Some members of OK.com seem to be unaware that not everyone in the world is cisgender. Gender is a spectrum and a sliding scale, not two exclusive states, and more than two options exist - there are polygender, transgender, gender neutral and bigender people like myself to consider. I feel that stating this as a reason for my not being sincere is insensitive to my psychological issues with my gender and a form of discrimination.

-> I was not given a chance to defend myself to the latest burst of posts. There were a number of recent and new responses to my introduction thread, some of which were lengthy and a fair few of which raised some very valid points, particularly the one by the Internet Lawyer. However, my chance to defend myself was taken away and it looks as if I could not answer their questions. I believe that this is a plot on behalf of the management to make me look bad. I plan to post my response to these messages regardless, here on my LJ, at a later date.

-> I was not given sufficient time for there to be any significant or meaningful change in my 'kin-type. From Dragonslore's comments and the brief discussion, it seems that I have been banned because I had not been "making an effort to discover other options" and that there had been "no great shift in my thinking". I would like to point out that indeed I have been making an effort to look into other options (Fae, aquatic types, etcetera - see the topic in the Fae subforum). I would like to point out that it had only been around a week, and for any change to occur more time is needed. I was given a lot of advice and provided with a lot of suggestions: as such, there are a lot of options for me to look into and a lot of research for me to do. A few days is not a sufficient amount of time for that to take place, and that is probably why it seemed that there has been "no great shift in my thinking". Surely the Awakened people at OK.com are aware of this.

-> The members seemed to be irked that I was not documenting all my thoughts and possible changes and that I was not providing evidence for taking their advice on board. To this I will respond by re-emphasizing the small time frame and also saying that as such reflection is a personal, internalized process, most of it was taking place inside my head. I should not have to feel pushed to provide "evidence" or to write everything down just to prove myself. I would have written up my thoughts and reflections at a later date, when my head felt clearer.

-> I am actually happy to edit my profile. I'm happy to make amendments to the 'kin-type status field of the profile form, to make it more acceptable and approvable. It seems that on OK.com if the admin takes issue to the way you label yourself, you get banned.

-> There was very little basis to ban me on. Outside of my mistake with links in my signature, I did not break the rules. Indeed, I tried hard to step lightly and follow the regulations as laid out. I believe I was polite and approachable, but also honest about my feelings and my current thoughts. The issue here is that several, if not a lot of members, broke the rules themselves (specifically rule 2.3), in some cases multiple times and even after the 2.3 rule had been quoted to them by a member. I believe there is an issue with the running of the community if someone as polite and passive as I was was banned and members who explicity broke the rules even after re-emphasis of said rules were barely even admonished by a moderator/administrator nor given a warning.

-> I realize that they have to be brutally curious of new members. However I believe that there is a definite and distinct difference between being "brutally" curious and heated, harsh, and offensive. In particular I saw them mocking me in other but related threads. This I find to be very disappointing.

-> I am not fluffy. Fluff is someone claiming to be a faerie queene with the ability to make flowers grow where she steps; fluff is a dragonkin who claims to be a dragonlord and claims the ability of pyrokinesis. I am not any of the characters from James Cameron's Avatar. I do not think I have special powers in this body. I simply identify with and feel a connection to the Na'vi race as a whole. Who are otherkin.com to judge me for that?

-> The rules explicitly state to not attack someone for their beliefs. It says that you are free to not believe what the individual says, and free to disagree. It does not say that you can attack and judge them. I have been disrespected and judged just because my 'kin-type is a little outside of the norm. I have been attacked and banned because I do not conform. This I feel is highly distasteful. I would have thought a community like otherkin.com would accept diversity and respect someone else's beliefs, especially if they typed properly and were polite. However it seems that OK.com only allows certain kinds of 'kin to join. This is a form of discrimination.

My Experiences With otherkin.com - Racism? Or Finally Accepted At Last?

Recently I joined www.otherkin.com and created a profile, signing up to the forum (as you are probably aware, especially considering I linked to the website in my previous journal entry). I did so because I was seeking comfort from a community of like-minded individuals. I wanted to discuss everything with similar people, interact with people who understand, and be among people like myself. I was also seeking some form of support, I suppose - my other-ness can be very hard for me to deal with, sometimes.

I have been on the receiving end of some very harsh posts. I think this harshness was completely unwarranted. I understand some level of skepticism but I did not expect such a cold reception and being derided. I think that some people need to come to terms with the fictionality of their kin-species, and not be so mean.

Since then, things have cleared up a little. I have a niggling feeling that some comments are still subtle attacks - there was one recently, where I asked about tail'd Fae, and they replied "trolls". I was upset at this stab at my intellect - I am certainly not as stupid as a troll. Do trolls even classify as Fae? Their tails aren't even that long. Anyway, such comments I have decided to put down to discrimination, possibly because I am an alien species or perhaps my skin color is too foreign to them. I even had a passing thought, that they might be heightist (my otherself is a lot taller than the majority of theirs, possibly even to the extent where it's intimidating). But in general, things are looking up. Some members post very helpful answers to my questions. The sun feels a little warmer on the horizon.

The First Na'vi 'Kin

My name is Shey'bu (my username means, "Na'vi spirit", in my native tongue).  I am the first Na'kin (I coined this term, it is short for Na'vi 'kin). I created this journal in order to start afresh and anew, and to document my feelings and my journey. In doing so I hope to contemplate what it means to be Na'vi and explore my true identity.

At a later date I will record the story of my Awakening. I will also be posting such things as poetry and things which happen in my life. In the meantime, I do recommend the site http://www.otherkin.com/phpBB3/index.php, though they do seem a little hostile to newcomers and seem a little harsh with people who are not dragons or elves (I think this may be a form of racism - my thoughts on this will be written up in another journal).

In the meantime, you can contact me at tireanavi@gmail.com, or, of course, via my journal here, either via private message or by leaving a comment. You can follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/naviotherkin and see my thoughts and experiences in short. If you, too, are Na'vi 'kin, you can join the community, at http://community.livejournal.com/tothehometree/, and be with others like us. Perhaps I can offer you guidance.