Hello there people. I tumblr, but this is not my main account. I’m trans*. I’m not otherkin. I’m here because I hate asshats.
Species dysphoria is the most used expression for describing the intense discontent…
I am said FTM partner and am a canine therian. While I do not feel species dysphoria, I have been having a long relationship with my doctors about my canine-ness and while my doctors have been wonderful, loving, and critical, they certainly don’t have time or money to just independently study whatever they so please. I feel lucky that I have doctors trained and knowledgeable about trans matters! Education takes lots of time and money, but it is all anyone can do but speculate and do independent layperson research until more work can be done. For now, I’m sending and spending resources on what community efforts exist to study being therian.
I also have made it my artistic duty to try to express my own experiences through body art and sculpture and slowly attempt to investigate making prosthetics that challenge our bodies. I seek academic guidance from my professors and when I have the money/place in my life for grad school, I will likely be doing the same thing. I use the language of “species dysphoria” and related body dysmorphia terms literally all the time, daily, and it is very useful to explain why someone would want to be able to run digitigrade or have the ability to more comfortably run on all fours, etc. This isn’t appropriative, it is being clear. While I don’t think that serious mental health problems define being therian or otherkin (I don’t see why, without stats, to say we are different from the rest of the world population) but unless someone is deliberately trying to use trans-culture language and the useage is wrong (as in, we are not describing similar feelings) then have at.