My Thoughts on "What?! I think I'm an Animal" Documentary (Continued)

(Continued)

 

Another thing is, they mentioned a lot about the polyamorous group.  Don’t get me wrong – I don’t have anything against someone’s orientation or sexual choice, as long as the people involved are consenting adults.  But, again, I don’t feel that polyamory really reflects what all therians are, and that it shouldn’t be slapped up there right in the middle of a therianthropy documentary.  Likewise, I don’t think that the biting or clawing mentioned above really has a lot to do with therianthropy, and it gives the impression that we all do this and we all do that, while we’re all really just different people with different tastes.  That’s something, perhaps, for another shockumentary.  (Yes, that was meant sarcastically.)

 

Another thing which bugged me was the woman who let her wolf come out and talk.  This bugged me for a couple of reasons.  The main reason was that, to me, that didn’t reflect therianthropy, but it could have been other things.  I’d be more inclined to say that a person who lets another spirit talk through them is either talking to spirit guides, or that perhaps they are a multiple system.  If the spirit is talking through you and it isn’t you at all, then how does that make you a therian?  I don’t at all deny the validity of people who feel that another spirit speaks through them – I believe in those things, myself.  But a therian is someone who feels their spirit is (or at least, partially is) that animal, and it’s not a separate entity.  Another thing which bugged me was that when the wolf was talking, it didn’t really sound much different from the woman in the way she talked or acted.  But then, I guess it’s not up to me to say whether or whether not it was “real” or legit.

 

I also have to mention the dolls.  The married couple were having a Halloween party and put up these baby dolls that were covered in some kind of red substance which was supposed to resemble blood.  While that’s not my sort of thing, I do understand that it was a Halloween party and that some people do weird shit like that for Halloween parties.  But I kind of think it should have been toned down for the documentary, because that sort of thing gives the wrong impression about us to the public.  It kind of hints that we’re sick, twisted, or devil worshippers.  I wouldn’t assume this, but a lot of people would.  And tacking that in association with therianthropy can’t be positive.

 

And, Wolverine.  Wolverine is one of the X-men characters, named after an animal which is the largest land-dwelling animal of the weasel family, and has absolutely nothing to do with wolves.  I can understand identifying with his personality traits and thinking he’s cool or whatever, but he doesn’t reflect your therianthropy, at all – not if you’re a wolf therian.  He has absolutely nothing to do with wolves.  How is this therian-related at all?  I’m not dissing Wolverine or wolverines, but this, again, has nothing to do with therianthropy or him feeling that he’s a wolf.

 

And here’s something that I saw on the documentary which I just plain didn’t understand.  In talking to the married couple’s mother, she often mentions that her “cattle friends” wouldn’t approve or that her “cattle friends” would think this or that strange.  What does she mean by “cattle friends”?  Is she referring to human friends of hers who have cattle, or is she referring to herself being friends with cows?  I find the whole mention of “cattle friends” confusing, since she doesn’t seem to specify.

 

And last, but absolutely, most certainly not least, is showing pictures which relate to furries and “yiff” (or furry-related sexual experiences) in association with therianthropy, in addition to claiming that furs are a type of therian.  Again, this has absolutely nothing to do with therianthropy.  I have nothing against people who are into that – just as I take no issue with people who are furries, either – but “yiff” is not therian-related.  It’s furry-related, and not even something that all furs do.

 

And of course, to add to the confusion of it, they specifically mentioned people who dressed up in fursuits and – and – AND went so far as to mention that the furry fandom is a subculture of therians.  I shall say this once, very loudly.  Therians and furs are NOT the same thing!!!  Really!  Furs are NOT a subculture of therians.  Not all therians are furries, and not all furries are therians.  Many therians are also furs, but not all of them are.  Lots of therians aren’t a part of the furry fandom (I am not), and many furries are not at all therian, and even don’t seem to understand us therians.  Sometimes there are even clashes between furs and therians, though I personally take no issue with furries.  I just think that it’s harmful and dumb to confuse the two groups all the time, when they are not the same thing, and both groups get ticked off at being mistaken for the other.

 

So, all in all, I feel that the documentary was harmful to therians.  I did not feel that as a therian, that I really identified with the people on the show, and that we were being made out to be something that we are not once again, as usual.  It’s definitely true that the documentary could have been a lot worse but then, it could have been a lot better, too.