Do I qualify as otherkin if I identify as...

draodoir-mna:

zerosumsystem:

Do I qualify as otherkin if I identify as something inanimate? (Like other than human/animal/myth-creature/demonangelspiritblahblah.)

Serious question.

Can you identify as something which hasn’t got a personality or animate being? Say I identified as a…

Weighing in on a personal opinion, I believe it is legitimate for a person to identify as anything, and if it is non-human it qualifies as otherkin. ‘Kin to the other.’ That is all that is required. 

There are two hangups I foresee some otherkin communities having:

  • The higher likelihood/ fear that someone identifying as an inanimate object is a troll.
  • The sometimes still prevalent belief that otherkin are always the result of reincarnation being paired with the belief that inanimate things do not have souls.

Those do not disqualify a person from being otherkin.

I have met people who have identified as machines before, despite being sentient forms not from Earth. I have heard of people who identify as trees, and know some who identify as mollusks and anthropods, in particular species which are typically thought to lack the intelligence required to translate to human identity. However, these people still believe themselves to be internally these things, often because they know deep inside that it is right, and because they feel their bodies should physically be those things. Of course, that is simplifying but I hope it gives a general idea. 

There are actually some people who believe identifying as a non-human primate is impossible because it is supposedly ‘too close to being human’, but this unfairly neglects the experiences of that person. Likewise to non-sentient things. Your experiences are what are important, not the insecurities of the otherkin community over validity. No one is hurt by a person who is serious in their feelings of who they are, even if what that is is uncommon. 

You might be interested in the writings of Earwig, who identifies as an earwig, another species a lot of people would balk at as ‘impossible’. Still not about being inanimate, but, a good example of how a person can be something sometimes seen as not possible. http://akhila.feralscribes.org/guests.php 

At the end of the day, the only requirement for being otherkin is being non-human in some way.

(Source: zxrxsxmsxstxm, via zxrxsxmsxstxm)

08/31/11 at 10:10pm
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  1. cultofthedead reblogged this from kinspeak and added:
    Removed all the talk because it was just that. The Key word is identify. Anyone can identify with anything they like,...
  2. cultofthedead said: Otherkin. The key words are other (in this case not human) and kin. Kin means relations or clan, etc… You cannot be related to a rock.
  3. zxrxsxmsxstxm reblogged this from kinspeak
  4. soilrockslove reblogged this from kinspeak and added:
    There’s an old idea of tools and things like swords, anvils, etc. having their own “soul” or “being”. When you’re...
  5. kinspeak reblogged this from zxrxsxmsxstxm and added:
    Weighing in on a personal opinion, I believe it is legitimate for a person to identify as anything, and if it is...
  6. draodoir-mna reblogged this from zxrxsxmsxstxm and added:
    But you have a mind, you have a thought process. You Live. Therefore you have a personality. The way you write, your...