Lately, Ive noticed some talk on Werelist about just how much publicity we as a community really want. Some believe it would be wonderful to have therianthropy become well-known, while others would just as soon keep themselves secret.
I can respect either opinion. Its the people who insist that no therian should want to tell anyone about their therianthropy that perplex me. These people tell other therians that therianthropy is a personal thing that shouldnt be shared with anyone, and seem to be convinced that anyone who wants to make their therianthropy public or even semi-public cannot possibly be a serious, true therian.
First of all, these particular therians must not realize that their willingness to participate in Werelist breaks their own rules. In talking about their therianthropy even anonymously they make themselves partially public.
Secondly, if it werent for therians making themselves public, the community would have never come to be, since we never would have found one another.
But more importantly, therianthropy IS a personal thing, to be shared with people who you personally decide to share it with. No one is asking you to shout it from the rooftops, but if that is what YOU PERSONALLY want to do, there is no reason you shouldnt.
I personally never want to live with anyone again without telling them about my therianthropy. I am so much more relaxed when I know I can truly be myself.
To share is not to render not your own. To share is to celebrate, and you ought to celebrate your animality, just as you should celebrate your humanity! To be open is to be free.