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Why be human when you can be otherkin?

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Why be human when you can be otherkin?
Media type Journal article
Release date July 16, 2016
Creator Alex Buxton
Publisher University of Cambridge
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Why be human when you can be otherkin? is an article about otherkin and therians written by Alex Buxton and published by the University of Cambridge. It speaks about otherkin and therians as part of a broader phenomenon, referencing both a documentary on puppyplay entitled "The Secret Life of the Human Pups" and the book "Being a Beast" by the veterinarian/barrister Charles Foster in which he describes living in the wild as a badger, fox and stag. It states "People who identify as other than human have been described (and describe themselves as ‘animal-people’, ‘lycanthropes’, ‘therianthropes’ and, most recently, ‘otherkin’."

Much of the article is based on the paper Doctors Herding Cats: The Misadventures of Modern Medicine and Psychology with NonHuman Identities by researcher Pedro Feijó, also published by the University of Cambridge