Quote:I think a lot of ‘therian accessories’ are teen wolves looking to gain cred.
Quote:Therians wearing things like tails and collars only really became a thing after teen wolves because [of] a subculture which began influencing young therians. Before then it was mostly associated with furries and not as often seen or at least talked about among therians. We do sometimes worry that young therians may feel pressured to wear such things or people may assume that wearing such is a hallmark of being a therian.
Quote:As someone who's owned and worn ‘gear’ since a teenager and who's now a fursuiter, I'd say that gear is definitely part of my therianthropy because it allows me to be perceived visually, by others, in part more akin to how I feel (part human and part animal).
Quote:I believe that gear should absolutely be considered part of therianthropy with the understanding that not all therians feel connected to gear or choose to outwardly express their animality by wearing such. Based on my observations, I think the majority of us do own or wear gear of some sort and do feel it ties in with our therian experience in some way.
Quote:As a therian I am shy and I don't feel comfortable putting myself out there, I have a few subtle things that may distinguish me as a therian to someone who is watching carefully, such as a claw-shaped nail, a necklace or theta-delta insignia on clothing (without text), but nothing as bold and obvious as tails and whatnot. I think because my theriotype is a hunter, I am not comfortable with drawing attention to myself, so I would never wear a tail in public.