As extra information on this post, Therian Amino has this year created another celebration of therianthropy.
So far they said themselves to try to keep it therian amino-only. To see how it goes and maybe launch/advertise it more in the rest of the world next year if the celebration is a succes on therian amino.
This is 'howl month'. Howl month is a bit inspired by 'pride month' for LGBT+ and is entire novembre long. Howl would be choses not for the howl of a wolf, but to indicate the very first howl hold in novembre (on therianthropy day). November was chosen because of the howl and therianthropy day.
Howl month would stand for a month of celebration. Celebrating that one is a therian. So far it seems mainly to go about 'be a therian as much as possible', they encourage to get together this month, get a pack meet, go to a bar, wear gear, make theriotype artwork, write a song, .. there even is a contest hold. To show 'who's the best therian' basicly. Do you think you can run as the best? Howl as the best? Have a nice song or artwork? A good poem? ETC, then there would be a first, second and third place with some prizes.
Personally I'll honestly say I do not really like howl month.
I see it a bit like pride month. Remember that pride month was created to celebrate our freedom we fighted for so hard for countless amount of years. How we went from 'mental ill, has to die' to being (more) accepted in society. However what became it by now? A month that goes mainly about selling colourfull wristbands. More for the looks than because we're proud. Concerts, also paid. Prides that aren't so much anymore about freedom but more about loud funky music and who has the most colourfull clothing. A person with colourfull clothing is picked out and shown on tv. But the person with normal clothes and normal hair might have the hardest stories of being kicked out and entire dramatic stories. But they're not interestig anymore, they're not colourfull and cool. They're forgotten.
Well I feel howl month to be kind of the same, it sounds more like an excuse to sell art, buy stuff, wear a tail etc than really like a period of pride and recognizing our therianthropy. Celebration of who we are.
The contest also made me pull up my eyebrows. I know the creator just wants to create fun (but then again: is therianthropy really about fun? I know many who live with heavy species dysphoria and hate their life because of feeling-non human. They don't see it as fun) however it makes me think like: do we really need this? A contest to prove who we are. To prove HOW therian we are? Who's the most and best? I thought therianthropy was about self-discovery, identity etc. And not about a contest. Therianthropy is no contest. So I don't like that either. Honestly even just feels a bit like an excuse to get people to participate in howl month in a way.. don't wanna be rude but that's my honest opinion.
What I like about therianthropy day is that it's created to remember history. The first howl. Not to make therianthropy fun etc. I enjoy therianthropy day as it's a day to remember and recognize who we are. To think and celebrate our identities and the community. I feel it's more about remembering history and recognizing who we are, then about creating fun and throwing a party.
Tho throwing a party sure can be a way to celebrate therianthropy day, it doesn't feel to me like it was created for that purpose. While howl month does feel like that.
Just personal opinion. I'll made a copy-pasted seperated thread for this, click here: https://forums.therian-guide.com/Thread-...-you-think
So you can give personal opinions over there without making this thread spammy.