One of the more recent trends I have observed (coming from Tumblr, Amino, ect) is the notion that a theriotype or a kintype is one's gender or can be one's gender.
To me, these are completely separate facets of what make up an animal-person even if there are some comparable similarities. I have already witnessed confusion and retaliation from the LGBTQ community over this trend as some of them feel that we are misappropriating their gender experience by suggesting that kintype/theriotype can be a gender and I, personally, do not disagree with them. I believe it is misappropriation of both gender and animality.
This seems to me like yet another attempt to water down the therian and otherkin experience to make it more relatable to mainstream society and "normalize" our experiences at the cost of stripping them of any real substance or depth. It also seems to place emphasis on the human aspect of animal or creature-person and at that point, why bother considering oneself anything but human to begin with?
I would like to know what others feel about this, in all honesty.
Do you think "animal" as a gender is representative of your experience?
If so, why?
Do you feel offended by the suggestion that "dog" can be a gender?
Does it not matter to you?
No right or wrong answers and please, feel free to disagree with me. I'm trying to figure out where everyone is with this and how they feel about it.