Edge Wrote:Just wondering... Does anyone else feel embarrassed and ashamed for being otherkin? Does anyone understand why one would feel embarrassed and ashamed?
Ashamed? Probably not, but definitely embarrassed. Mostly as it relates to how the outside world typically thinks of us: "oh those nutjob otherkin" or "at least we're not RPing like otherkin", etc.
I think it's probably due to how we're portrayed by some people within the community. The words of the few shape how the many are perceived, you know? Sometimes when articles or TV shows portray us, I feel embarrassed to be associated with a subculture that isn't mainstream and is generally thought of as a joke by society as a whole. Nothing I can do about it, as identifying as otherkin is something very deep and personal to me, but still, I have been embarrassed about it before.
Edge Wrote:Does anyone else feel conflicted? Liking being whatever species one is because it (for lack of better terminology) feels right, but feeling ashamed of it and feeling guilt for liking it?
And I have felt conflicted because there are so many wolf therians. It always seems like to me that every time a new wolf therian joins the community you can practically hear the eye rolls and groans across the internet of "oh, another one, how boring and cliche".
Again, there's not much I can do about it, since I certainly didn't choose to be a wolf, but it has always bugged me that we seem to be questioned more and doubted more highly than any other 'kin type, at least within the strictly therian communities.