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Comparing Therianthropy to Being Transgender for Illustrative Purposes

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Shang:
I didn't know where to put this so I put it under spirituality.  I am well aware not all therians or Otherkin believe it is spiritual in nature.
Before you answer the poll, please read this post because it will help describe things better.

Some of you may have encountered the term "therianthropy" before and some may have not.  This also goes for the terms "Otherkin" and "therian".  So I am going to give you the standard definitions soon along with an explanation as to why I am creating this poll. 

I am also aware that many people do not believe that therianthropy is possible.  I would ask you to be kind in your words because therianthropy is very real to many people, including (possibly) some people on this site. 

Okay, so on to the definitions:

Therian: A person who identifies intrinsically in some way as a non-human animal. 

Otherkin: A person who identifies intrinsically in some way as a non-human entity.

Therianthropy: The state of being a person who is, feels, or believes he/she in in part or whole (non-physically) one or more non-human animals on an integral, personal level. [From the page linked below.]

(For more elaborate definitions please see the Terms & Definitions page by Project Shift.)

Now that the definitions are out of the way, here is why I am posting this poll:

Some therians and Otherkin have a hard time expressing how they feel in regards to therianthropy so they will say it is like being <transgender> except that instead of it being their gender that doesn't match their body, it's the species that doesn't match the body.  They often do this because it has to deal with personal identity, except therianthropy is dealing with species identity while transgender is dealing with gender identity.

Many therians also report experiencing some form of dysphoria in regards to their internal identity not matching their physical body.  This dysphoria is often described in the same exact way that the dysphoria many transgender people describe.  The dysphoria that therians have, just like the dysphoria that many trans people report, can cause severe depression even to the point of suicide or contemplating suicide.

None will say it is the exact same as being transgender because it isn't the exact same, but the basics are the same:  having an internal identity that doesn't fit their physical body.  As a result, some therians will say that being a therian is a bit like being transgender in that the internal identity does not match the outer body and that they experience some side effects such as dysphoria over their body.

So, my question to you is:

How do you feel when someone compares therianthropy to being transgender for illustrative purposes? 

(I would also like to add that a few people on Werelist would like to know the results of this poll.  Your names will not be given out and neither will anything personal be given out.  Just how many people checked the little box next an answer.)

Sephirah:
I don't see a problem with it.

I used to know someone dealing with therianthropy, although we haven't spoken in a long time. Some of the feelings he exhibited, and the things he used to talk about with regard to the way he felt, left me in no doubt that this was something genuine he was struggling with. And a lot of his feelings, especially over dysphoria and interactions during day-to-day life, somewhat mirrored my own.

At the end of the day, I feel that they're both just terms. Words that have had to be invented to explain feelings and experiences. That some of these feelings and experiences are shared, with regard to gender or species, seems only natural since we all have one thing in common: namely that whoever or whatever we feel we are internally, we're not that externally.

That's my two cents anyway.

Shang:
Thank you for answering so quickly!

I agree with you wholeheartedly. 

I am a member of the Otherkin community, but I am also transgender.  I do not suffer dysphoria caused by being Otherkin, at least not all that much, but my dysphoria can be very strong in regards to my being transgender.  But, just because I don't experience dysphoria for being Otherkin, doesn't mean others don't.  I have seen and heard of too many people who have really bad issues in regards to being Otherkin though most can make it through life without engaging in detrimental activities (at least from my observations).

I understand needing to use a more established term to help describe what one is feeling, particularly when what one is feeling involves an internal identity.

Edge:
I put I am ok with reservations for two reasons.
1. Social reason: I am aware of how ridiculous I sound. While I am real to me, I am aware that I'm not to other people. Other people, however, know that they themselves are real. So, understandably, if I were to compare myself who they don't believe in to themselves who they know are real, they would quite possibly be upset and then attack me. I don't feel like getting attacked. Did that make any sense or did it sound like word salad?
2. Personal reason: My theory about why I feel non-human makes sense. I have no idea why I feel genderfluid. Well, it would make sense to be genderfluid if I really am not human, but that is scientifically impossible.
Oh in case this isn't evident, I don't feel human. I feel like a polymorph. I do like humans quite a lot. I did not choose to feel to this way and it has been confirmed by professionals that I do not have a chemical imbalance.

Ash:
Hi therian here.
I also wouldn't have a problem with it. I have felt slight "species dysphoria" but a lot more gender dysphoria. Although the concepts are different I find at the end of the day it is the same feeling- of not being me and not having people see me as me. I also have a friend who is otherkin and she has really strong dysphoria and I can completely relate to it.

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