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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.

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A good way to back up people who think you're a troll is to do what you just did...call people who don't agree with you "narrow minded" or some other such phrase with the same basic meaning.

Someone disagreeing with you doesn't make their opinion invalid, doesn't make them not spiritually aware, etc. At the end of the day the only thing any otherkin can prove is their humanity. The rest is all personal belief...so the sooner everyone accepts that, the better off they'll be.

The fact will always remain that the only "mythos" media "races" have are media outlets...sources created by another human being about whatever "race," "species," etc...while the otherkin community at large have heaps of mythology from different cultures to draw on...which is the main reason why "fictionkin" are questioned, not widely accepted, and occassionally ridiculed in the otherkin community at large.

child0fbalance, they are free to disagree with me. I do not expect everybody to agree with me. Disagreeing with a viewpoint is a human right. We can agree to disagree. The reason I call them "narrow-minded" is because they are openly mocking and disrepecting me for my beliefs. Now, as I said - it is okay to disagree, but it is not right to mock and abuse somebody.

Again, the people I am terming "spiritually unaware" are the people who are taking pains and going to such lengths to mock, insult, and belittle me and mine. Again, I am aware that people are free to disagree. I am human, and I am aware of this fact - human in mind and body, science and biology. I simply identify with the Na'vi. That is an abstract concept and it needs no justification or proving. I do not need to provide "evidence" or "proof". It is a personal feeling, and it needs no accepting.

You are correct, that the myths and stories of the majority of the otherkin community are cross-cultural and rooted in time and the mindsets of ancient peoples. However, I would point out that they are /still/ sources created by another human being, global or local, old or new. They were created by another human being, and the only difference is that this was done some time ago.

The ridicule is not "occasional". From what I have seen it seems quite common. The otherkin community otherkin.com, for example, have a whole subforum dedicated to it. The ridicule is what is narrow-minded. The ridicule is what is not on. I expect all otherkin beliefs to be questioned; otherwise you cannot foster a rational and intellectual community and end up with fluffy and misguided members.

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