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Lately, I’ve 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. It’s 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 shouldn’t 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 weren’t 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 shouldn’t.
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.
And as a side note: to those of you who believe that making therianthropy known to mainstream society will result in our persecution…. Please. Get some perspective. This is not the Burning Times, the Holocaust, or the Civil War, and the Christian Right and all the hillbillies are much too busy with the gays to worry about a bunch of kooky kids who believe they’re animals.

For therians who believe in therian hunters, a war between weres and vampires, or physical shifting: copy and tailor above retort appropriately.


Yay for lots of therianthropy writing!
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WolfDagger6 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
Shalom, wolf. I like what you have said verry well. I have a feeling that this will put quite a bit of chatter out to some therians. Nice work!

Namaste.
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csberne Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
First of all, happy full moon! Second of all, it's surprising to find other therians on Dev Art! I have no idea how, but I didn't think to look.

First of all, I completely agree, and I would like to submit that a lot of the people who claim to be therians are jumping on a cool-sounding band wagon. Same with psi vamps, adepts, hereditary witches, empaths, and open-channels. This is probably where a lot of this bullshit comes from and, I think, where we get the most stupid submissions. People talking about whether or not we should keep it personal or take it public, whether it means anything spiritually, etc etc etc are missing the point. Therianthropy, I believe, is just one more piece of the puzzle of who each of us is, and not our entire identity.

Or something.
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PerianArdocyl Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
If other therians had not gone public, I would still be struggling with my animal nature. =)
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tinycarnivore Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I do beleve that we should become public, and im very strong with that. if some fear there freinds tagging them as insain, then they are not true freinds and it will be a good thing for them to leave, im mean, we cant live in holes are hole lives. its time to stop hiding from nothing.
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Tkb4 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
This is so awesome! I believe that Therians shouldn't just use their Therianism to gain publicity. It's better kept a secret! ^_^
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KigaWeirdo Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
Hehe... I found that were versus vampire-thing quite funny, since I think a person who believes that s/he is a vampire is an otherkin = therian of a kind, since vampires are mythological creatures, not humans. x) So it would be quite funny if someone really was afraid of such a thing.
And it's also funny that I'm both gay and therian. So no matter what's the cause, I will always get weird looks XDD And I just find it funny alltogether.
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SummonerWolf Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
Haha! Yea, a lot of things to do with therianthropy are funny. ^^
If anyone laughs at you being therian and gay, just remind them how many nonhuman species engage in homosexual activity (hint: it's a lot). x3
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KigaWeirdo Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
They are. We shouldn't take ourselves too seriously! ^^

Hehe, that's a great point you got there! x3
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EinsamWolfgang Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
I'm not too openly public about my Therianthropy. Only my friends who I trust know. I just didn't want to keep that big of a secret from all of my closest friends. And you know what? They accepted me and from what I can tell they believe me. So I am content. And no, I don't think publicly open therians will be hunted down and shot or burned at the stake.
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W-Lupus Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010   Writer
meh , its kinda a hard one to say which view is right. i mean , the majority of people i know would brand me insane if i was to be open about it , yet keeping yourself to yourself is really depressing. Isolation isnt fun , and we all want to belong anyway... yes , including the non confromists (Youre just confroming non confromists).
yes , im ranting. i know >.< , but really its hard to say what to do. I mean , i'm not on the werelist , or anything else like that and dealing with this on your own is hard. You yourself should have an idea what you want to do about this sort of thing.
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blessed-be-wolfie Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
As a note to your mention of "this is not the burning times": Yes, if we made it public we would be written off to a point. There are always be those out there who will judge a group of people for what they believe. I am not putting your point to moot, but just saying that those who are afraid do have a reason. I myself have no problem, I am just standing up for those who are silent I guess.
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SummonerWolf Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
Judge and write off: Yes.
Persecute? Unlikely.
It is *possible* that widespread knowledge of therianthropy would result in persecution (I'm talking about murder and hate crimes here, not internet trolls and lost friends)in some places, but it is severely unlikely to be given any great credibility or notice.
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blessed-be-wolfie Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
My stand on it is that it could lead to something like what happens to obscure groups of people, like furries and pagans for instance.
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SummonerWolf Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Again, it is likely we would get a few nasty looks and some unflattering websites on the internet.
What I'm saying is that therians aren't going to be forced into work camps or killed for blood sport, which seems to be an idea some dramatic therians seem to revel in.
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blessed-be-wolfie Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
Okay, yes, I see your point there. That is taking it to the extreme on the parts of some people. Most likely, we will be treated about the same as furries, and while I claim both to the dislike of many, some people will just not see the difference. So yes, we wouldn't be killed and put in work camps or anything, but we wouldn't necessarily be welcomed with open arms.
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SummonerWolf Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
No, that's true. I wouldn't expect total acceptance or even tolerance.
Yea, probably about the same as furries.
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blessed-be-wolfie Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
It's kind of sad really. One can only hope for better tolerance of anything "against the norm" in future generations.
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SummonerWolf Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
On some level, yes. On other levels, it's good to keep our skepticism. Some furries are perverts, and some therians are nutters. And there are some groups that shouldn't receive 'tolerance' at all. Take pedophiles, for example.

Sorry if I'm starting to sound argumentative. I agree with you; feeling accepted as a therian would be awesome.
But, well... I'm being argumentative! :iconimhappyplz:
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Shadow-Wolf-9 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
I love reading things like this:clap:
it makes me feel like i'm not alone
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SummonerWolf Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
Aww, thanks!
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Shadow-Wolf-9 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
Your welcome:clap:
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CanineHybrid Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Professional General Artist
*nods in agreement* Absolutely!
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ForeverChagrin Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yea, this is why I just don't go on Werelist anymore.
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SummonerWolf Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
I like Werelist all right; I've found it to be better than many sites in that respect. But there are a select few, and I think you know who they are...
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LiaBark Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009   General Artist
I don't really out myself as therian, people just sorta figure it out. Even people who have no experience with the sort of thing seem to go, "Oh hey. No wonder they call you wolf." The reason I personally don't want to go around in public is because alot of people judge you for it, and alot of people lose respect for you because you believe something they don't. Then they assume things. It's just a hassle.
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SummonerWolf Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Yea, that would be difficult. People think I'm strange sometimes, but I don't think they usually pin me as 'wolf'.... Unless they hear when someone steps on my toe. xD
But y'know, it's the whole point of the piece; it may be a hassle for you, but other people would love to share it with the world. And either one's ok. (I sound like such a hippy right now...)
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Nkiay Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Student Photographer
I enjoy your therian writing. :D
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SummonerWolf Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Thank you! I enjoy writing it. *cue sappy music*
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Nkiay Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Student Photographer
;D
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Mare-and-Bear Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Idk I have a problem with costume therians. It borders beastality in my opinion but hey, if that's all that gets you off...ya know what no, not even I can say animal sex is ok -_- that's ONE thing I can't wrap my mind around
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SummonerWolf Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
Well, that's something else entirely. First off, that's usually furries. And the vast majority don't do anything sexual in their costumes; those things are expensive.
To the ones that DO though... Yea, I don't get that. Creepy.
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