playwrights: write plays about otherkin

radio dramatists: write radio plays about otherkin

psychologists: do studies about otherkin

religious studies experts: write papers about otherkin

conventions: have panels about otherkin

otherkin: extensively document their history

tumblr: but otherkin isn’t a thing

I have literally never heard of otherkin outside Tumblr, what the fuck are you going on about

Check those handy links. Then you will have literally heard of otherkin outside Tumblr.

Otherkin: existed before tumblr

Tumblr users: this is only a tumblr thing wtf

Link includes more history on otherkin (specifically the therian community and unicorn community, as well as a history of plantkin online)  –


Academic Articles
Gerbasi, Kathleen C. et al, “Furries A to Z: (Anthropomorphism to Zoomorphism).” Society and Animals, Vol.16 (2008): pp 197-222. (accessed January 28, 2013).

Grivell, Timothy, Helen Clegg and Elizabeth C. Roxburgh. “An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Identity in the Therian Community.” Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research. Vol. 14, No. 2, (May 2014)  (accessed July 10 2014).

Keck et al, “Lycanthropy: Alive and Well In The Twentieth Century,” Psychological  Medicine. Vol. 18, No. 1 (Feb., 1988): pp 113-20. (accessed August 29 2014).

Kulick, Aaron, Pope HG Jr, & Keck PE Jr. “Lycanthropy and Self-Identification.” The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Vol. 2 ( Feb. 1990): pp 134-137 (October 14 2014).

Laycock, Joseph P. “We Are Spirits of Another Sort: Ontological Rebellion and Religious Dimensions of the Otherkin Community.” Nova Religio. Vol. 15, No. 3 (Feb., 2012): pp. 65-90 (accessed November 24 2013).

Probyn-Rapsey, Fiona. “Furries and Limits of Species Identity Disorder,” Society & Animals, Vol. 19 (2011): pp 294-301 (accessed January 28, 2013).

Robertson, Venetia Laura Delano. “The Beast Within: Anthrozoomorphic Identity and Alternative Spirituality in the Online Therianthropy Movement.” Nova Religio, Vol. 16, No. 3 (Feb 2013): pp. 7-30 (accessed November 24 2013).

Robertson, Venetia. “The Law of the Jungle: Self and Community in the Online Therianthropy Movement.”Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies, Vol 14, No 2 (Dec., 2012): Pp 256-280 (accessed January 28, 2013).

Magazine Article
McNeil, Emma. “The Otherkin.” Fortean Times Magazine. January 2012, 44-46.

News Articles
Clairouin, Olivier. “Pas complètement humains : la vie en ligne des thérians et otherkin.” Le May 20 2014. (accessed June 10 2014).

Lerner, Thomas. “Ibland får jag lust att yla som en varg,” Insidan, April 7 2010. (accessed January 20 2013).

Mamatas, Nick. “Elven Like Me,” The Village Voice News, February 13 2001. (accessed February 1 2015).

Academic Lecture
Addie, Trevor. “Therianthropy: A State of Being,” ANTH-331 “Taboos,” American University, March 5th 2013, (accessed August 20 2014).

News Clip
McDougall, Nick. “Otherkin: Heart of a Human, Spirit of a Wolf,” SBS World News, SBS, June 4th 2013, (accessed June 6th 2013).

McDougall, Nick. “Otherkin: Heart of a Human, Spirit of a Wolf,” 4:21, Posted on “SBS2Austrailia.” June 4th 2013, (accessed June 5th 2013).

Pemberton, Justin. Animal Imitators. TLC. August 2003.

A few non-academic Books (referring otherkin and/or therians)
Cohen, Daniel. Werewolves. Cobblehill Books: New York, 1996.

Konstantinos. Werewolves: The Occult Truth. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn, 2010.

Lupa. A Field Guide To Otherkin. Megalithica Books: Stafford, 2007.

Lupa. Shifting, Shamanism and Therianthropy: Magical Techniques For Your Therioside. Self-published via, 2007.

Yeah… its such a tumblr thing and has only existed for a few years…  

Otherkin: Post a small list of how otherkin as a phenomenon predates tumblr, exists outside of tumblr, and has been acknowledged as a thing that exists by academic sources. 

Tumblr Users: "I have literally never heard of otherkin outside Tumblr, what the fuck are you going on about"

Has Tumblr been around for 20 years?  No?  Then sorry.