(2021-11-30 21:12)Bubbles Wrote: It's not a good thing, and if I register on something where people gatekeep, unnecessarily, I'm gone. But I think it is needed to a small, small degree in the therian community because there are fakers and trolls. But these are obvious when you see them. If someone isn't being overly and obviously fake, let them in, let them share their ideas, opinions, and experiences. It's really important to have an open mind and I think people lose sight of that these days.
One of the things we are plagued by, incessantly, in 2021 is a society that will take a topic such as this where there are two oppositional arguments and reduce anything remotely middle-ground to the farthest polar extremes.
I've seen in many circles outside of here "gatekeeping bad". All nuance is lost, all intellectual discussion is lost and no good faith attempt is made at deconstructing the position or when one is, it's often silenced by a shouting, angry appeal to emotion fallacy.
I think you've said it well, Bubbles. There is some merit to a reasonable degree of gatekeeping. One of the problems with viewing therianthropy as an identity is that identity can be disingenuous and in order to preserve the fundamentals of what being a therian means, some skepticism is necessitated.
I really don't think there can or should be objective lines drawn other than "a therian authentically feels like a non-human animal in some way, to some individually varying level".