So after yet another massive headache that chased me into my cool, dark bed, and a strange sex dream involving an aging starlet, I have a specific and strong urge to listen to some Lords of Acid.
Even though I'm pretty sure Traci Lords isn't old enough yet to be considered "aging." Nor do I think she could have ever been considered a "starlet", though definitely a "star" if one put the word "porn" in front of it.
So Bart had an awesome post today relating an actual guide to Otherkin. http://bart-calendar.livejournal.com/2714418.html
Seriously, check out the guide. Everything from animals to elements to FRUIT is in there. (Fruit. Seriously. Fruit.) http://destroythecistem.tumblr.com/pronouns
I'm willing to give just about anybody the terms they want. You might have to remind me a few times, because I'm stupid forgetful, but overall, hey man, your body, your words. Whatevs.
But you think you're not human? You are sincerely appropriating social justice language to be taken seriously for what is, at its best, a childhood game of playing pretend that just never ended?
Pardon me while I go burst into uncontrollable laughter over here in the corner. Oh, no, don't worry. I'm not laughing at you. Really, I swear I'm not.
There was another article listed in the comments. A brilliant, if not trolly one.http://virtuallifeconcreteworld.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/identity-deceptin-on-tumblr-3/
In which a troll sets up shop in the Tumblr Otherkin community and, after the curtain is whisked away to reveal the small man of Oz, says "You have created a community in which someone can ….find it plausible that someone would believe they are a Korean cat with autism and appropriate social justice terminology to defend that belief. What does that say about the state of your community?….
And finally, THIS article, which is a discussion of the appropriation of the social justice language used to defend what is, essentially, a completely different (and ridiculous) thing.
This further article is just a fascinating read into language in general, but really does well in conveying how appropriation is a REALLY SHITTY THING to do to other people.http://virtuallifeconcreteworld.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/when-is-a-cat-a-cat-and-what-is-a-cat-anyway/
Now - the last time I even mentioned Otherkin I had one stumble onto my journal very upset. I get that. The part that cracked me up into hysterical laughter?
Where they said that I shouldn't talk about it (oh honey, you DO realize you're on the Internet, right?) and that I shouldn't use the words "crazy" because it's ableist. (Yes, because I'm not crazy at all. Nope. Just a perfectly normal person who doesn't struggle with debilitating depression, mania, PTSD, sexual abuse recovery, etc.)
But here's the thing (and this is the important part) I'm going to make fun of Otherkin HERE. I will never, EVER, EVER go to an Otherkin's journal (or community) and make fun of them THERE.
A journal, a community, etc is a safe space. You want to be crazy over there? That's fine, cuz I'm going to be crazy over HERE. I won't fuck with that.
It's my rule. It's the only goddamn rule I have somedays. A person's journal is their safe space. This is mine. Over there is yours. Personal bubble and all that.
So here's my bubble, making fun of another person's bubble (without actually going over there to pop it), and hoping that very soon, this goddamn headache actually fucking goes away.