Another versus thread from the big bad Dustwolf. I suppose it's only a matter of time before I am quietly hated against for this! Out of context screenshots will circle Tumblr! Seriously though, let's discuss this.
I think that we therians never wanted to admit that we could ever be significant enough for a subculture
to form around our condition. Our therian experiences are a private matter and therianthropy itself is often times not at all fun, so why would this happen?
The thing is, this Kin Subculture undoubtedly exists. It has adopted the term "therian" to be a part of itself and it has it's own rules of inclusion and online wars fought over what public outlook a member of this subculture should have: What clothes should it's members wear and what morals should they subscribe to.
I understand that it's only natural for some actual Therians to feel like this subculture is "their people". Experiencing therianthropy can be lonely, we look for ways to make sense of those experiences, by trying to find an in-group of those who experience it. After all, this is basically why most people have joined this forum.
My own experience in trying to belong in my youth (I've known I was a therian for over 20 years), was that I tried to find it among the Furry community. There were much more of them to talk to than actual therians back on AHWw and I figured since they were animal people that they would understand me. It took me years and many painful experiences, for me to become aware that I had simply assumed that Furries would understand my experience of therianthropy. And that in fact, most of them were actually just human and being animals was just their fantasy. I felt for some of them like they were my pack, my family. But to them, the love wasn't real, they were just pretending, just acting when they've shown me affection in wolf ways.
As such I understand, profoundly, the desire of younger therians to see the kin subculture as people who understand the therian experience.
But do they really? Are their ways really the way every therian should behave? Are the conditions they place on membership in their subculture really anything that we as therians should adhere to? Is there any place for their online wars in among Therian support groups (like TG)?