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Dennis Anver, aka "Stalking Cat," strongly identified as a feline American

Dennis Anver, aka “Stalking Cat,” strongly identified as a feline American

By Hunter Wallace

Yes, this is a real thing.

In his speech at the 2015 LS National Conference last weekend, my friend Steven Ingram brought the subject up. During the protest against the communists in Tallahassee, we got into an exchange with the counter-protesters about the Otherkin movement.

I asked one dude in a dress, who was calling himself Erica, if I woke up one morning feeling like a unicorn or a werewolf whether or not I would really be one, since identity is just a social construct that has no biological antecedents in objective reality.

I was told point blank that if I feel like a werewolf then I am one … a trans werewolf:

“Otherkin are people who identify as partially or entirely nonhuman. A dragon, a lion, a fox—you name it—there is probably someone out there who feels like they are more these things than they are human. The otherkin community can be found lurking on Reddit, Tumblr, TV Tropes, and other online forums.

The popularity of the otherkin phenomena seems to have been steadily increasing—particularly on Tumblr—since 2012. But what does it mean to truly believe you’re nonhuman? Do people genuinely wake up one day and think that they are a fox or is this just a bizarre form of escapism? Is it body dysmorphia or fantasy?

I spoke to John on Reddit, a 19-year-old from Knoxville, USA, known on the web as Noslavic. He introduced himself: “I am a red fox-kin who was, as we call, awakened about a year ago.” He said that awakening felt, “at the very least, relieving,” because “everything seemed to come together for me.

“I started getting odd dreams where I would change physically into a fox, and they were very realistic—honestly. And after a while, in real life, it felt quite real, like I actually had a tail, I actually had ears, I actually had paws. …”

We’ve covered the Otherkin movement here before.

Like Rachel Dolezal, the vampires, and the transableists, the Otherkin aren’t quite as “mainstream” yet as Planned Parenthood, but we expect they will be there in a few years. Meanwhile, straight White men are increasingly controversial in the United States, at least according to the Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, the President of the United Church of Christ, and the winner of the Shalom Award.