(2016-12-01 2:37)Kisota Wrote:
Quote:But for Fluff, I HATE that term. I was called it more than enough during the first 3 months after I fully awakened.
I don't like it either. It seems to have become shorthand for "you're not what *I* have is decided is a True Therian." It's a quick way to dismiss someone and act superior. Good for starting witch hunts, not so good for promoting a healthy community culture. I'm all for pointing out unhealthy behaviors, but "fluff" is generally not used for calling out toxic things in the community so much as putting people down and infringing upon their mental real estate.
It's too bad the media popularity of the teen wolf subculture has given us bad press. The conflation of a style-focused teen subculture with an internally-focused subculture is frustrating.
But we can surely sympathize with the bad press, right? Since even strictly therianthropy-focused media has a history of being exploitative and awful?
I think if we try to back away from our frustrations about the conflation of the communities, I think many of us could probably empathize at least a bit with teen wolves on a more personal level. They're not bad kids. And it's more of exploitative media and community infighting that hurts us, rather than kids roleplaying as wolves and dressing in tails and fangs and emo gear.
This word is stupid, yes. It's often seen in Facebook groups.
No one can say how to identify and as what. Whoever does so, is stupid.
But Fluff is more used for trolls amd such lately. Trolls and fakers, as far as I know. I don't really know why it appeared first and what was the background etc. but I know that I don't use it. And youthe shouldn't either. Even if there are trolls or fakers. Educate them amd/or ignorate.
Anyway, back to teen wolves. I don't know what to think about them. Each to their own as far as they don't hurt someone. We want to be ourselves so why not these teen wolves? My opinion.