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Transmisogyny and genderqueer bigotry ahoy![edit]

There is no such thing as a "male" or "female" brain. Neurology finds the brain is a non-binary construct. The notion of gendered brains is transmisogyny which is also openly bigoted against any and all genderqueer and non-binary allies. Not to mention unscientific and hardly rational.

There's no reason why othetkin shouldn't be allies either beyond simple-minded bigotry poorly disguised as an attempt to seek validation. I mean, that'd be like lesbians calling gay guys freaks to appeal to straights. That isn't cool. Halting this bigotry is something that notable trans journalists have agreed with.

This whole thing has the stench of "stealth" Alt-Right editing atound it. And unless this is actually a satire wiki created by Alt-Right authors (in which case, you got me good!)? Then you may want to audit your editors because this article is rife with trans, genderqueer, non-binary, and otherkin hate speech, which would only serve to drive a stake between groups who should be allies.

If this is a satire wiki, though, it's a masterclass. I wamnt to believe I'm just dealing with misguided lefties, though. (talk) 16:01, 25 December 2018 (UTC)

Where exactly is the statement in question? I ask because I have gone over the article and cannot seem to find the disputed content. If you could quote the sentence in question that would be helpful. ☭Comrade GC☭Ministry of Praise 16:34, 25 December 2018 (UTC)
@ Again, please highlight the content in question. It is easy to complain, but it is apparently quite difficult to actually do the work to lend one's complaints any weight. ☭Comrade GC☭Ministry of Praise 18:43, 28 December 2018 (UTC)
it is actually quite difficult when their complaint has no merit. i can get with not being dicks to people, everything else the op mentions is dross not in the article or even relevant. apparently making 'allies' involves ranting at them over imagined slights AMassiveGay (talk) 19:12, 28 December 2018 (UTC)
@AMassiveGay I'm trying to be "nice" to new users, given in the past my tone has been a touch toxic. That being said... I went over this article fifteen (honestly, I kept count) times before posting my first reply, and around four times before posting my second. I have yet to see what this original poster is referring to. ☭Comrade GC☭Ministry of Praise 19:23, 28 December 2018 (UTC)

Last section is lacking[edit]

It claims "This comparison is flawed." without any justification. Entire section is minimal, rushed and very dismissive. I guess cognitive dissonance hits hard, eh?

You guys have to do way, way better job if you want to show that otherkin (that you laugh at) and sexual identity shenanigans (that you support) are totally I swear different thing.

Disclosure: I don't see any difference beside obvious - that way, way more people cares about their (and more importantly others) sex/gender/whatever than species. — Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs

One (gender identity) is based in evidence. The other (Otherkin) is based in woo-woo. ☭Comrade GC☭Ministry of Praise 18:51, 17 February 2020 (UTC)

I hope this is helpful. This is my understanding of Otherkin.[edit]

Otherkin and trans are different in cause, yet similar in manifestation and presentation. Many differences are similar in how they manifest, yet have very different causes. It's not black and white. When someone says that Otherkin is proof that Trans and Nonbinary are mental illnesses, it's due to ignorance of this fact, or sometimes even just to cause contention. And this is bad for all communities, and everyone in general. This confusion can even be dangerous.

Transgender and nonbinary are similar in cause, yet different in effect. The cause is a flush of hormones that occurs in the womb. This flush of hormones occurs in every individual, which is why everyone is different. Trans and nonbinary are just different, too, fundamentally, and this flush causes them to identify themselves mentally as a different gender than the one assigned at birth, which is the form their body takes, because they either simply get more of a certain hormone or the hormones affect them in a different way. This doesn't mean that they have a hormonal imbalance, however. Their hormones are generally normal and stable, but this flush affects the trajectory of their lives at the very beginning.

Otherkin is psychological. This does not mean mental illness. Rather, imprinting in childhood is the most logical cause. There is nothing wrong with this, and it becomes part of someone's identity. Children and Autistic individuals are susceptible to imprinting because their identities and sense of self are more fluid and less rigidly defined by NT cultural norms.

Spirituality is part of everything. Spirituality is a way to give a purpose and narrative to one's life and make sense of one's circumstances. Spirituality is creativity, is imagination, is the essence of being. It puts things in a framework. Spirituality is what trans folks used to explain themselves before studies were done and brain scans were created. They would say they have the spirit of the gender they identified as. Otherkin do the same thing. They have "the spirit of a wolf" or a toad, or a plant, or creature from another realm, and whatnot. It's not the same as oppressive religious structures. It's not something that should be dismissed and taken lightly, either.

Otherkin know they're not physically another species besides human. Therefore, they are not delusional. And as long as they are not hurting anyone or themselves, they are OK. Anything can be harmful if oneself or others are harmed, which I would assume is obvious.

Otherkin have a right to express themselves. Expression often occurs through appearance. Tails, ears, collars, jewellry, t-shirts with their identified species on them, contacts, animalistic makeup or face paint, body modifications, tattoos, etc. These are the most common forms of Otherkin expression. Art in general is a common means of expression for Otherkin. Anime has a lot of things Otherkin can relate to, as well as the Furry fandom.

Thank you for this. Oxyaena Harass 06:41, 13 January 2021 (UTC)

about detail omitted from my initial furries edit[edit]

initially i'd written something about how some furries might be confusedly labeling themselves as "otherkin" because they feel an attachment to their fursona, despite not being downright delusional the way otherkin are, and how that would imply a shift in the meaning of the label (in fact i think the topic directly above this describes spiritual furries/whateveries more than otherkin), but that was largely just speculation based on a single discussion i oversaw between two other furries

"Different concepts of kins are different and they also dont share any kind of collective responsibility because its an entirely personal thing"
"Someone spiritually feeling like they have the essence of a crow should not face responsibility for creeps who identify with GoT [game of thrones] characters"

just clarifying in case it seemed sus i suddenly left that out of my revision -- (talk) 13:29, 15 April 2021 (UTC)


This article's language and tone regarding otherkin/therians is derogatory. It's that simple. Beyond the fact that the articles on both otherkin and therians both insinuate that otherkin and therian identities are somehow a form of "religion". While some otherkin do propose religious/spiritual explanations of otherkin/therian identity, not all otherkin actually use religious/spiritual explanations for their identity. The rhetoric used in this article and in the one on therians mirrors the BS spewed by TERFs.

I will try to see if it is possible to rewrite this article. -PKMNLives (talk) 23:56, 20 July 2021 (UTC)

I kept your edits (for now) but to be fair, I don't understand the movement enough so I can't comment on the rest. I don't think people that align with this, like, literally believe this, and it's probably a more abstract sort of identification, it's hard to explain, but there's some historical basis on it iirc. --It's-a me, Lgm sigpic.png LeftyGreenMario!(Mod) 00:56, 23 July 2021 (UTC)
I, too, know nothing about this. In my case, though, it leads me to be rather skeptical of somebody who shows up, is apparently quite familiar, and begins by removing large swaths of critical content. I also find it hard to believe that people literally believe this, but I could say the same for much of what this site covers. No idea how reliable a sample this is, but it only makes me more suspicious. I will grant that the prior version had large sections that were poorly sourced, in any case. 𝒮𝑒𝓇𝑒𝓃𝑒 talk 01:24, 23 July 2021 (UTC)
Please reference Debate:Otherkin in part for attempts to gain an understanding why this article focuses so heavily on the woo elements. I intent to restore this article to it's previous state. The religious comparisons, if you read the actual article are mostly in the context that just like religion, Otherkin desires highly to be rendered unfalsifiable. There's no "argumentation mirroring TERFs" because TERFs don't argue like this (seriously, look at TERF rethoric for like, 5 seconds. TERF rethoric is all about how trans women want to eat your babies. This isn't that). Also I just want to point out the irony that one part that is removed from the article is the fact that a lot of otherkin like to paint their beliefs as identical to the need for transgender/non-binary people to be accepted into society and this person blaming us to be TERFs. -- Techpriest (talk) 21:20, 19 September 2021 (UTC)