This survey is being presented by Nøkken and Pvnk, members of the Otherkin, Therian, Vampire and other nonhuman communities. We have been a part of these communities for over 20 years, since the early days in the 90s and 2000s.
We also admin and moderate communities in the GOC (Greater Otherkin Community) and the GVC.
Currently, we are working on a major project for nonhumans called Wildpath. Originally it was a channel on CG's Darkened Mirror (DM), and it grew into its own server, a place to discuss serious topics in nonhumanity with open discourse.
We've recently begin creating The Wildpath Library: https://wildpathlibrary.org/
. (Still in the early stages of development.) This will serve as a cultural, academic and community journal, publishing literature, art, music, research, news and resources, all created by members of the community as well as scholars who collaborate closely with nonhumans. It is our hope that this will provide a much needed place for information about our experiences and identities as nonhumans from as broad a range of perspectives as possible.
About the survey:
This is an opportunity to share your thoughts, experiences and feelings of nonhumanity with others and to have your voice be heard.
This survey will likely take a bit of time, and please feel free to return to it and think over which prompts you would like to answer.
This is less of a survey and more of a "written response," intended to present our diverse voices in our own words, to be included within a book written from nonhuman perspectives about nonhumanity with support from academic research and literature. We may also include some responses on the Wildpath website, to help others understand themselves better throught the perspectives of individuals who experience this.
A few initial demographic questions are included at the beginning.
Other than that, the main part of the survey is write-in responses based upon prompts that are open-ended and will let you say what you wish to say about your experiences, identity and perspective. All of these questions are optional, and you may feel free to only answer the questions that you want to (we expect that most people will only answer a few). Most of the questions focus on personal beliefs, experiences, understandings, letting our voices be heard as they are. This is an opportunity to be heard in a book that presents our identities and beings in a positive and thought-provoking light.
*A few questions may deal with difficult personal issues, such as harassment. I have included content warnings for these questions, and please do not feel obligated to answer them. However, the more people who are brave and speak up about them, the more we can show others the problems that we face because of our identities.
Statement on Privacy:
By taking the survey, you grant us permission to include your responses in Wildpath publications or on the Wildpath Library website, and to make minor proof-reading edits where necessary. We will not make any changes to your words and thoughts, only to clean up minor grammar or to protect your privacy (see below).
You have the option to remain anonymous or to provide us with an alias you would like included with any quotations (please do not use legal names, we will default to anonymous in this case).
All survey and personal information will be protected. To protect survey-takers' privacy, we will omit any information in publications that can potentially identify them such as real names, places, specific events, etc. To help us protect your identity, try not to refer to specific places or information that might relate back to you.
About the current book and project:
Nøkken and Pvnk have been writing an academic book that explores nonhumanity in philosophy concerning nonhuman/animal from the perspectives of nonhumans ourselves. This is because we have felt that the academic literature on our identities and beings to this date has largely been very inadequate and presented from the researcher's own human-centric biases. This book will cover a lot of ground, including issues that we face, different kinds of beliefs, misinterpretations some academics have made, what "anthropocentrism" is and why our identities conflict with it so much, and new philosophical concepts and tools that can help us better understand and talk about nonhumanity in a critical manner.
The book will take a focus on being nonhuman as an *actual condition of our natures/selves*, in contrast to outside academic research which has almost always presupposed that we are "only human and that there are no real nonhuman aspects to our being/identity". We see this book and others that will follow as filling a much needed gap in academic literature produced by our own community voices, rather than others "talking for us." The book itself is already nearing completion.
We conducted a survey in the past on misrepresentation of our experiences and beliefs as nonhumans in both media and academia, which will also appear with the book.
This book will be made publicly available for free to our communities, the end-result of many years of work, hoping to give us something positive to begin to build off of for future explorations and the restoration of the community.
Contact (questions, concerns, followups):firstname.lastname@example.org
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