I’m also trans and otherkin, as you of course already know. And I do equate them fairly often, because they are pretty friggin’ close.
- You can’t tell what someone is by looking at them.
- You can’t tell what you are by looking at the mirror.
- You have to give a lot of thought to everything regarding your identity in order to realize what you are.
- Both trans and otherkin people may get dysphoria. They may also not get dysphoria. Or get it only sometimes. Or, if one is both trans and ‘kin, they may also get dysphoric over one thing.
- Incidentally, dysphoria isn’t a word unique to trans experiences. Look it up.
- You have to come out over and over again, and you will always encounter people who will tell you that you’re just confused.
I would make this list longer but I’m tired and upset at that anon and don’t particularly want to take over your blog. But augh. Seriously. Both being trans and being otherkin can be (crudely) explained as “having a body and a mind that don’t necessarily match.” I don’t see what the bloody difference is.
(All the love to you, Cydne!)
This covers a lot of points when people bring up the otherkin appropriation stuff, especially the fact that it’s kind of difficult to appropriate a word from yourself, not to mention the fact that dysphoria is seen in a ton of things other than the gender way.