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.
Therian Guide has always been a community of very unique and diverse animal-people who recognize and accept the value of embracing one another on the common ground that we all share. It is humbling to be a part of a community which transcends much of the strife and animosity that exists in the world today and it is an honor to know that we can be loved and accepted just as we are, without regard for race, gender, religion, beliefs, theriotype, orientation or whatever else might set us apart from our neighbors.
We have always operated on these principles and we stand with all those who seek love, unity, peace and respect for one another.
I would like to extend my utmost gratitude to all members of Therian Guide for setting a fine example of what a community can be like when we value who a person is, first and foremost and regard each other with the same degree of respect, kindness and dignity that we, ourselves, would like to be afforded.
I have never been more proud of this community than I am right now.
Alone we stand, together we prevail.
Thank you all and please keep up the good work.
This is a project we've sortof been working on with the staff over the last few months. The thing is, we need your help.
We've been looking over what the therian community needs right now (to be progressing in the direction of basically helping therians understand therianthropy). We've been looking at both modern and traditional systems of education that are suitable to our varied population.
We've determined that what is missing the most right now is verification of comprehension. Basically, we have all of these resources on Therianthropy that are accessible to members and outsiders and we have afforded every opportunity to discuss therian experiences, however what we currently don't do is check if anyone actually understands the materials on Therianthropy and if they are actually being understood as intended.
For this purpose we've come up with a new thing! Therian Guide Academy!
(it's what I'm calling it now, we went through several different names)
So we've designed a curriculum of 8 courses for a well-rounded understanding of Therianthropy, for each of which we will be able to do a kind of exam for. However, to be fair, each of these would need some kind of textbook so that people can reasonably prepare for what is going to be verified. This is where we need help.
We need your help to prepare the textbooks for these 8 courses:
Persistence of animal experience
Satisfying animal needs
Human therian experiences
Delusion and mental illness
These are intended to be in relation to therianthropy and aren't like generic textbooks about mental illness, etc.
Each of the textbooks will be published in the form of basically essays in our Introduction to Therianthropy forum, so it will be public in the hopes that it will help as many people as possible.
If nobody else picks up the task, I will start them up and then we can fix them up together.
If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to reply.
EDIT: To respond to a question posed in Discord, obviously the courses can't be about what Therianthropy is, because we don't know what it is and it would be wrong to impose our perspectives on other people.
However what we can do is provide useful knowledge to therians which may not be strictly about therianthropy, but is useful to know if you are a therian. This is roughly what the textbooks are meant to contain. For example in course #2, where we are talking about satisfying animal needs, we are not talking about things every therian needs to do, but rather about the needs that our theriotypes have, which may apply to certain therians.
-- it's been a while since we made one and were a little bit confused at times about how to go about things. Also working with new audio equipment, new recording setup and all -- resulted in things we intend to fix in the future.
Though if you have any feedback, we're always happy for that.