(2018-01-06 2:02)WolfVanZandt Wrote: But it seemed like this thread stated a forum policy and my question was, "should it be a forum policy?"
As a thread in the "Introduction to Therianthropy" forum, it was intended to be a simple statement that people who are not yet members of our forums, can look up, to get a vague idea regarding the general sentiment. The discussion that follows furthermore clearly demonstrates, that actual opinions on this topic are split.
Whenever we discuss a subject that deals with generalizations, we also tend to get this SJW aspect, where people start arguing for the "rights" of in this case plantkin, how they should be regarded as equals or whatnot.
Perhaps this debate went further, into the uncharted waters of "what therianthropy really is", if you will. Like I have stated many times, I see value in asking these questions, engaging in conversation about it and discussing it in rational arguments (admittedly @Kisota
is much better at the "rational" part than I am). I am as capable as the next guy, of understanding that a delimiter here, might make plantkin feel excluded from our community. But I think that therianthropy is a specific experience, with specific reasons and the only way we can being to study it, is to define which experiences are therian and more relevantly, which are not. Without a defined population, you cannot even do a population study.
Or actually you can. You can be like that sociology student that visited us the other day and said that we are a subculture of people who call themselves "Therian". He wasn't wrong, but I don't feel like that is what Therianthropy is, we're not here to feel like a group and share a way of acting, we're here because we are Therians and we want to understand ourselves.
You've told me many times that you feel like the "Therianthropy has not yet been scientifically studied" argument is being reused to the point that you feel it's used more as an excuse, than an answer. Yet in this circumstance where I ask you to draw a line to let us begin, you confront me to stand down, while simplifying my argument to topics we both know cannot be argued and defending plantkin as if I am trying to ban them all from the site.
Therianthropy is a complex subjective experience. The only way I see we might go about defining what it's boundaries are, is by deep introspection and discussion of our experiences as therians. I am fully aware of the fact that subjective experience is unreliable and that my statement above that "it doesn't feel like this is what Therianthropy is" does not go well up against some of the broad generalizations presented here. But if you want to understand Therianthropy, you are going to have to dwell into it's ugly guts and try to understand why these feelings feel the way they do and what the subtle differences between us are.
But no, none of this should be policy. It was never intended to be any kind of policy. This is a discussion forum, we discuss.