Update: OK GUYS SO APPARENTLY I WAS WRONG ABOUT WHAT OTHERKIN MEANS. TURNS OUT I STUMBLED ACROSS SOME SORT OF FETISHY THING THAT GAVE ME THE WRONG IDEA, HENCE THE KNEE JERK REACTION.
So, I'mma copy and paste what someone kindly explained:
"otherkin are people who believe that they were animals in their past lives. some believe that they were an “animal born in a humans” body, but as an otherkin, i don’t really believe that’s true. i have to respect people’s opinions, though, i realise.
we don’t really “identify” as an animal. we have ‘kintypes’, yes, but that’s just to tell people which animal we believed we were in our past lives. for example my kintype is thylacinekin, if that makes sense; i’m sorry if i don’t make any. "
So it's a reincarnation/spiritual thing, not some modernisticismful prgoressive movement.
Let your otherkin speak for you.. ACTUALLY THOGUH I properly know what otherkin is now. Turns out I stumbled upon a, uhm, more progressive type of people that gave me the wrong impression o.O But it's apparently a reincarnation thing. THERE I STARTED A DISCUSSION YOUR TURN :3
If people identify as animals we should be able to treat them as animals... If you think you are a cat, I'm going to feed you cat food and put you outside at night and make you shit in a litter tray and remove all human luxuries, like technology and clothes etc from you. If you can cope with that then, sure, you're a 'cat'. If not shut the fuck up and get over yourself, thinking you are another animals is not cool, it's bloody insane.
The thing is, I already treat my own cat like she's a person P: I'M SO WEIRD THO But yea if a person wanted to be cat I'd treat them as cat and there begins the fetish side of it :s And that's ok, I got that you were using me as an example ^_^
All of those are cool (: Except that the contrast between koala and fox is kinda large? Considering koala's ten to fall asleep in their trees and fall out, and foxes live in dens and seem fairly active
Strange idea, but theologically feasible. Mankind has been associating portions of their personality with animals for centuries. Stands to reason there would be some person who thought to himself "I do a lot of things like an animal would, perhaps I am an animal in human form".