On social justice and how otherkin and plurals are like Raëlians

If otherkinnery has a place in social justice discussions, then it’s only in so far as religions and other belief systems have place in them. And you’re in luck, lots of liberals/SJ’ers actually care about religious diversity and freedom of religion (just look at how they all flock to defend Islam). So IMHO if you frame your kinnery in terms of a belief system (rather than in terms of personal identity*) then you might have better luck in the SJ circles plus people may view you as more honest/sensible than the average tumblrkin (because you’d be admitting that your experience is subjective and quite possibly has nothing to do with universal truth at all — but regardless of that you have the right to live with your beliefs).

(*Imagine if, say, a Christian phrased their beliefs in terms of identity. Imagine they said they identify as someone who is inherently Christian, that it can’t ever change because it just can’t and he has no choice at all because it’s simply true, and imagine he should be allowed to do all the things his beliefs tell him without criticism because it is supposedly a part of his inherent identity.)

I think it’s really sneaky and bastardly that some otherkin and plurals try to edge their  way in as an identity group on par with other oft-mentioned identity groups (you know who I’m talking about), in order to have a slice of that attention and support that they receive. Problem is that you’re not justified in receiving a comparable amount of support/understanding from the wide audience. Of course you want to think that you are, but you’re not. As a group you’re somewhere on par with various new religious movements, like the Raëlians. You deserve about as much special accommodation and outsiders “educating” themselves about your condition as they do.

Now why is that?

Obvious. Because you have no proof and your explanations are outside of this world. If you think your claims of your experiences should be enough then obviously you don’t understand how the real world works. (People [the “wide audience”] should have  more important concerns than things that can’t even be verified as legitimate concerns.) Things like reincarnation, spirits or “co-consciousness” (“headmates”), and even species dysphoria (for the “psychological” otherkin) aren’t even coming close to being considered real. They don’t even sound likely.

I personally support reincarnation research and looking further into things like species dysphoria and whatever other things that may explain some people’s claims. Not that I really believe we might get some positive results but it would be closed-minded not to try at all. Everything is possible, after all. Just some things are more likely to be possible than others, and we don’t actually have a shortage of likely explanations for certain otherkin and plural claims.

Anon, turn around slowly.
For draven/wyrmsyn: I think most otherkin don’t. And besides that, I want to remind everyone, you can of course have opinions about Harris, but you need to keep in mind that he has nothing to do with what’s going on here. He isn’t actually here. There’s just some manchild who pretends to be a psychic medium.
Speaking of which, here’s another reminder for Karkles to give a call to Mr. Randi. Come on, man, a million dollars, how can you say no? Plus you can prove to the world what amazing powers there exist. You’ve “shown” us how your characters walk around in different people’s heads plus you’re communicating with someone who’s dead. That’s like totally amazing so why not prove it? Hmm?

Anon, turn around slowly.

For draven/wyrmsyn: I think most otherkin don’t. And besides that, I want to remind everyone, you can of course have opinions about Harris, but you need to keep in mind that he has nothing to do with what’s going on here. He isn’t actually here. There’s just some manchild who pretends to be a psychic medium.

Speaking of which, here’s another reminder for Karkles to give a call to Mr. Randi. Come on, man, a million dollars, how can you say no? Plus you can prove to the world what amazing powers there exist. You’ve “shown” us how your characters walk around in different people’s heads plus you’re communicating with someone who’s dead. That’s like totally amazing so why not prove it? Hmm?

For those not keeping score at home:

Karkat-person had another “breakdown”, posting short incoherent rants to emphasize how ~upset he is. Then he posts in non-Karkat-type (now “[R]”) about how Karkat has “left the system”, lots and lots of dramatic whining ensues from him and his anons. The conversations turn extremely paranormal, with talks of how Karkat is apparently running around in astral space and people (the same mysterious anons) are “looking” for him. An anon asks if they’re ‘psychic’, [R] does not disagree. (Hey, why don’t you give James Randi a call?)

And then: “I think Karkat’s back. Just heard the door slam in headspace.”

That’s not the punchline. The punchline is that some people actually take this seriously, as in they think this is reality, and proceed to support the bastard. Honestly, even I’m surprised at this point, and I’ve seen a lot.

Later his 14-year-old ex-“boyfriend” posts:

lol this day sucked

first my ex gets called a pedo when the relationship was consensual 

then he gets shat on because of poor Eric

then he leaves his system

then one of my best friends runs away from home and wont pick up her phone

See? Apparently K’s fabricated drama is comparable to or even more important than an underage girl disappearing from home. IRL.

I don’t even know what to end this post with. Someone ring up the anti-cult activists.