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Homo Sapiens and other species. - November 5th 2015, 06:55 PM

I am just wondering, what drives someone to identify as a species other than the homo sapiens/human race?

I am just getting on board with transgenders. It took me years to accept homosexuality and I believe love is love, no matter what your sexual orientation is. Transgenders is understandable because you can't decide what gender you are at birth. If you are unhappy with it, you can transition to the opposite gender or just be agender.

But to not be human? I don' understand. I do question my gender once in a blue moon, but I never question whether or not I am a cat, a horse, or a dolphin. They're my favorite animals, but they live so much shorter than humans and aren't as capable of an extensive vocabulary like we are. Their mental capacity on a human level is probably an IQ of 20 or 25.

So, yeah, why not the human race?
   
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Re: Homo Sapiens and other species. - November 5th 2015, 07:52 PM

From what I understand (although my only experience of this is on tumblr and you know how people on tumblr can exaggerate) they believe that in a past life they were that animal and now they've been reincarnated as a human but their soul is still linked to their past animal form.

Personally, I think it's a load of rubbish and find the whole idea ridiculous and in some ways I find it mocking of things like transgender issues and identifying as another gender but that's just my opinion and if someone REALLY wants to identify as a dog then they can go ahead but I'll still think it's silly.


   
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Re: Homo Sapiens and other species. - November 5th 2015, 08:36 PM

Because Tubmlr is an awful, awful place.
   
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Re: Homo Sapiens and other species. - November 7th 2015, 02:55 PM

I am REALLY confused, what's the question?
Most of all animals (humans, bears, dogs, so on, so on) are driven by sexuality for survival in the big picture.
Gender and sexuality is something humans reflect and think a lot about, we are so much more then just our instincts, but gender and sexuality doesn't change your species, that's impossible.
Homosapiens are the name for humans, like the current version, in theory the closest before us were Neanderthals.
SO a homosapien is a person, a human today.
Sexuality and identity has to do with our personalities, but not our basic anatomy, and species...
I'm guessing I misread the question


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Re: Homo Sapiens and other species. - November 8th 2015, 04:35 PM

When I've heard about speciesism, it has to do with people thinking that animals share similar consciousness to us, not about humans believing they are an animal. Regardless, I don't think it's comparable to trans folks?


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Re: Homo Sapiens and other species. - November 8th 2015, 05:11 PM

As far as I'm aware, you're referring to otherkin. Being otherkin is not comparable to being trans or being gay.

A lot of people who identify as otherkin see it as something spiritual. It's more comparable to a religion. They believe they've been reincarnated.

Others use it as a coping mechanism. Some people are neurodivergent in some way (mentally ill, autistic etc) and use the idea that they are actually an animal as a way to cope with negative feelings or not understanding other people. This is not to say that all neurodivergent people feel this way, I think the number is pretty small, but there are people like that.

For others it's that they feel an affinity with a particular animal. They feel close to that animal so they choose to 'identify' as it.

I don't really understand it, but so long as it doesn't hurt anyone then I don't see why we can't live and let live.


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Re: Homo Sapiens and other species. - November 10th 2015, 11:18 AM

This is quite the question.
Thanks for putting it out there.
I do not know much about this though I know people that do.
Other replies have given the jist of what I was going to mention so I will not repeat what they have said.
I have a friend that assigns animals to people she cares about/gets along well with...oddly enough she has not found one for me yet...
Anyways, great topic and thought-provoking discussion!
Plus, with my limited understanding of this, I do not believe this is similar to transgender either.
   
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