I started writing one based on your list. I’m not otherkin, and though I have otherkin headmates they don’t really talk to anyone outside of our system, so it’s probably not completely accurate. But it’s a start:
What’s wrong with saying “I’m a sane otherkin” or “I’m not one of the crazy ones?”
Your sanity and your identity are not necessarily part of the same parcel. They’re often actually separate. These phrases can be invalidating to other people who are mentally ill and otherkin. Also, this is based on how others view sane and crazy behaviour.
Why is it that anytime I ask an otherkin a question, they assume I’m trying to hate on them or troll them?
Many ‘kin have to put up with hate and trolls constantly, so anything that even seems slightly like trolling or hate can be a trigger for hurt or rage at the question. Sometimes, all you need to do is re-phrase your question slightly, but sometimes it’s better to either search websites or forums for an answer, or ask someone else.
Why can’t we all just put our differences aside and get along?
No community can get along all the time. There will always be times where someone just needs to let out their anger and frustrations, and this can result in varying levels of discomfort across the community. Mostly it will blow over eventually.
Why don’t otherkin just ignore bullies and haters?
Many do. But why is it okay for ‘kin to be bullied and hated for their identity? Everyone – regardless of identity – should be able to talk safely on their personal blog. Bullies and haters invade and destroy that.
But I don’t believe in –insert belief-, why should I have to?
You don’t have to believe in something for it to exist. Please be careful about expressing your beliefs on other people’s posts, because it can be invalidating and triggering to have someone say that you couldn’t possibly exist because they don’t believe you do. There are a variety of beliefs within the Otherkin community, and that’s okay. Not everyone has to believe the same things. But please don’t push yours on other people.
You can’t be –insert example–, that only exists in imaginary places!
It’s not up to you to decide what can and can’t be true. If a person identifies as a fictional character, that’s their identity. If a human identifies as an animal, then that’s their identity. Whatever your identity, it is valid.
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