lizardywizard:

responsible-reanimation:

lizardywizard:

Tbqh I think the problem is that most societies see being animal as a punishment

The other day I was reading about the Spider-Man musical out of morbid curiosity, and this theme was relevant- the musical had an Arachne motif that nobody liked or asked for, and part of that is the fact that in Greek myth, becoming an animal is a humiliating punishment for hubris, but in comics it means kickass powers.

From a review quoted on the Wiki:

For today’s audiences, such transformations are liberating — literally “empowering” – whereas for the ancients, they were, more often than not, humiliations, punishments for inappropriate or overweening behavior. … At the heart of the Spider-Man disaster is the essential incompatibility of those two visions of physical transformation – the ancient and the modern, the redemptive and the punitive, visions that Taymor tried, heroically but futilely, to reconcile.

Interesting! Superheroes often do have animal motifs, you’re right.

That said, the other thing that I’ve noticed: when people get transformed in a “yay powers!” way, it’s often a change that still allows them to remain visibly human, for the most part.

Spider-Man can take off his suit and he’s just Peter Parker. Batman is just a costume. There’s a fad for werewolf and vampire stories now (or I guess there was a few years ago? is that dead yet?), but werewolves get to be human most of the time, and vampires don’t look that different (and in some of them, the fangs only show when they’re biting, or they don’t have fangs at all). I thought of Wolverine, but actually his claws are retractable too; I guess some of the X-Men have permanently visible nonhumanity, like Nightcrawler, but he’s hardly a big name.

I get that this is supposed to be because most humans don’t relate to visibly non-human individuals. Well, except in My Little Pony. And Undertale. And– you know what, that’s pretty much a lie. Humans can relate to ridiculously proportionated cartoon ponies, anthropomorphic rabbits evading human hunters, and living de-fleshed skeletons just fine. And yet you almost never get the story of “I turned into a less human thing, and I’m never going to be fully human again, and you know what? This is fine.”

I guess it’s that particular story people don’t relate to; in other stories, it’s easy to see the animal as just a metaphor, but if you’re presented with “this character was human” on the one hand and “this character is now something other-than-human” on the other, it’s usually either a punishment or something they can easily hide.

This is a slightly weird discussion for me to read, because when I think of animal-transformation stories in pop culture, the first thing that comes to mind is Brother Bear. While the transformation does start as a punishment, in the end the protagonist chooses to remain a bear permanently. (And if you look at the reviews quoted in that wiki article, the primary problem the reviewers seemed to have with it was that it was too cliche. One of them also specifically cites the ending as one of the good bits.)


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ilzolende:

nihil-descent:

ilzolende:

ozymandias271:

@ilzolende said: ew ew i have to share a gender with _cats_? ugh. i thought they were all supposed to be the same gender cat otherkin-as-gender people are or something
@nihil-descent said: can confirm, am cat and nb

FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT

@nihil-descent said:

a level 1 housecat beats a level 1 commoner every time

you’re a cat otherkin, you can totally claim to share a gender with cats

also you are a noncentral cat in that if i tell you to not touch me you will stop, you are not a vector for toxoplasma, and you probably aren’t a major threat to endangered bird species

on the other hand, tell me i share a gender with cats and i will be p offended

i don’t really have a response to this, i just find this whole conversation amusing

Thanks!

~follow for more amusing speciesism~


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justice-turtle:

hellscabanaboy:

anthropicmoose:

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sherlockstark:

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Noble Elven Physiology & Alternative Dream Universe

Health Optimization and Enhanced Boomerangsmanship

enhanced horsemanship and inner beast

Trickster and Perfection

shit. yes. sign me up

Clairempathy and Parachronal Cognition.

See TVTropes: Blessed With Suck, Cursed With Awesome

Bulletproof Durability and Virtue Inducement

okay, I’m a morality pet and meatshield? that doesn’t sound too bad actually

Bionic Physiology and Micro-Oxygen Manipulation.

I judge the “micro” part on scientific grounds, but manipulating atoms of oxygen is POSSIBLY THE COOLEST POWER EVER. Certainly the most versatile, up there with shapeshifting (I am incorrigibily fond of shapeshifting), and definitely so much more useful than ferromagnetic metals. MAKE WAY MAGNETO, I’M COMIN’ THROUGH.

(Although the bionic physiology could be a problem if I was straight-up fighting Magneto. Still and all, I’d rather like to be a cyborg, especially if whoever did it could fix some of my health issues and make me look more masculine. :D)

Inhuman Nature (I laughed aloud when I saw this; it’s just so perfect) and Enhanced Chakram Skill (…okay, sure).


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brin-bellway:

More or less. It rather depends on how you define “furry”, but last I heard it was the word he’s using.

Mind you, he’s never mentioned it offline in front of me. (But then, he’s never mentioned that he smokes in front of me, either. He’s secretive like that, I guess.) I know because Mom leaves her email inbox open. While I was using her computer, I noticed a pseudonym in the “From” section with email titles of things Dad would talk about. I vaguely remembered hearing Dad had a Livejournal, so I put the name plus .livejournal.com into a browser and there it was. I remember my first thought was “I guess it runs in the family.”

It was because of him I first heard the term “otherkin”. Either he or someone in his commentariat linked to WikiFur. A bit of poking led me to the page on otherkin. (I don’t remember if there was as much focus on controversy at the time as there is now.) I didn’t think it fit at first: the people in the pages linked off the wiki entry talked about past lives and phantom limbs and other stuff I didn’t have. It took me a few years.

That’s pretty cool, actually.

Guh. I’m kind of envious of you—not having to deal with phantom limbs. For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been really hyper aware of Extra Parts—wings, mostly.

Also, what does it say about me that I’m more surprised your dad has an LJ than anything else? XD Far as I know, my parents stay away from internet communities. (And as bad as the Mom-Found-Your-Tumblr conversation would be, the Dad-I-Found-Your-LJ conversation seems like it’d be just as awkward.)
—PM

The latest conversation of [insert one of the forums Mom’s on] is a regular topic at our dinner table. When we can’t think of what to say next, “So Mom, what did you read online today?” (It’s best to have an interesting thing you read online of your own ready to share, in case she turns the question back on you.)

I was reading his LJ for months and months before telling him (technically I told Mom, but the two of them were keeping each other updated).

Mom’s reaction was, “We know. Didn’t he say something along the lines of ‘My daughter’s been reading this’ on his blog a couple months back?”

“No*.”

Turns out she was referring to the time he wondered if I would ever send him a non-private version of my diary for him to use as a source for his travelogue. He concluded probably not, but the wondering reminded me and it arrived in his inbox the next day. They did not know I’d been reading it since December (this was the following autumn). I don’t know if he ever figured out I read through the whole archive. (Way back in the archive, I found him talking about an ultrasound Mom had when pregnant with me. (Long after the fact. The archives don’t go that far back.) He answered “Do you want a boy or girl?” with “Human”, and the rest of the story was written as if he had been successful in this. Oh, how I laughed. (Okay, technically he was right. He said he had “a human baby”. He did. It just didn’t stay human.))

I can kind of imagine Mom’s thought process upon finding my Tumblr. Something along the lines of Doctor Who, Doctor Who, Doctor Who, right up there with the DS9 geeks in terms of utterly harmless things to get up to on the Internet. Wait, she’s talking about what it’s like to be otherkin?

No wonder when I sent her that feminist piece she replied with a complaint about its human-centric language**. I guess it runs in the family.

 

*So first I knew, then he knew I knew, then I knew he knew I knew. I think I just figured out where my tendency to keep secrets merely for the sake of keeping secrets came from.

**

You are not the authority on what “real” human beings are, and who qualifies as “real” and on what basis.  All human beings are real.

Yes, I know you’re tired of feeling disenfranchised.  It is a tiresome and loathsome thing to be and to feel.  But the tit-for-tat disenfranchisement of others is not going to solve that problem.  Solidarity has to start somewhere and it might as well be with you and me.

From Hanne Blank’s “Real Women”.

My response was “What about otherkin? She’s using ‘human being’ like that’s as wide a group as she needs, like it’s as wide as ‘person’. So much for not disenfranchising anyone.” She was surprised I’d thought of it. It was another one of those tempting moments. (“That’s me! That’s me she’s excluding, when she claims to be including everyone! I notice because it’s me!”)

(Hmm, that probably could be made into a Hammerhead/Octopus with a bit of condensing.)


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wearemagneton:

brin-bellway:

Ah, one of those moments.

Trivia question on pre-movie theatre screen: Who said this, “Sometimes, I just don’t understand human behaviour.”

Me: Every non-human ever.

Friend: Some humans too. Haven’t you ever felt like that?

Me: Uh…

*tempted to say “Like I said. Every non-human ever.”*

(bear in mind that basically everyone I know IRL is in this movie theatre with me)

(also at least two of them (including the “Haven’t you ever felt like that?” one) are against gay marriage and I can’t possibly expect them to be open-minded enough to take it well immediately or even at all)

(and I’m terrible at vocal word-wrangling, so I can’t really explain anything well out loud)

Me: …all the time.

(It was attributed to C-3PO, if you were wondering.)

(Parents first, if anyone. What with Dad’s furriness they’ll probably need less explanation and I can accuse them of double standards if they take it badly.)

(I like parentheticals.)

Oh my god PLEASE tell me your dad’s a furry. Because then he wins the Awesome Dad Award. XD

Also, yeah, I get that… my friends are pretty open-minded, but telling them about my multiplicity/nonbinarity*/being nonhuman in-world would make them look at me like I’d grown a second head before they ran for the hills. XD

*I just made that word up.

(I like parentheticals too. Also XD faces.)
—PM

More or less. It rather depends on how you define “furry”, but last I heard it was the word he’s using.

Mind you, he’s never mentioned it offline in front of me. (But then, he’s never mentioned that he smokes in front of me, either. He’s secretive like that, I guess.) I know because Mom leaves her email inbox open. While I was using her computer, I noticed a pseudonym in the “From” section with email titles of things Dad would talk about. I vaguely remembered hearing Dad had a Livejournal, so I put the name plus .livejournal.com into a browser and there it was. I remember my first thought was “I guess it runs in the family.”

It was because of him I first heard the term “otherkin”. Either he or someone in his commentariat linked to WikiFur. A bit of poking led me to the page on otherkin. (I don’t remember if there was as much focus on controversy at the time as there is now.) I didn’t think it fit at first: the people in the pages linked off the wiki entry talked about past lives and phantom limbs and other stuff I didn’t have. It took me a few years.


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js-ashby:

Ugh, Ikr? I was SO CLOSE to coming out as nonbinary today.

And I wussed out.
—PM

What, to everyone? I actually had a comment about Ace’s transness on one of my statuses (like I said something about how I’m not sure how I feel about my new therapist because she’s very…

Ah, one of those moments.

Trivia question on pre-movie theatre screen: Who said this, “Sometimes, I just don’t understand human behaviour.”

Me: Every non-human ever.

Friend: Some humans too. Haven’t you ever felt like that?

Me: Uh…

*tempted to say “Like I said. Every non-human ever.”*

(bear in mind that basically everyone I know IRL is in this movie theatre with me)

(also at least two of them (including the “Haven’t you ever felt like that?” one) are against gay marriage and I can’t possibly expect them to be open-minded enough to take it well immediately or even at all)

(and I’m terrible at vocal word-wrangling, so I can’t really explain anything well out loud)

Me: …all the time.

(It was attributed to C-3PO, if you were wondering.)

(Parents first, if anyone. What with Dad’s furriness they’ll probably need less explanation and I can accuse them of double standards if they take it badly.)

(I like parentheticals.)


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