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We've been wanting to write something about plurality for awhile now. Something sort of like our Otherkin FAQ. (You've read it already, haven't you?)

There are two problems with this, though. The first one being that there's already a detailed FAQ about plurality here. (They call it multiplicity, which is a word we avoid because we feel that it excludes median systems, but still.) The second one is that we don't feel as qualified to speak about plural issues as we do about otherkin-ness. Finding our kintype and identities has taken an awful lot of reading, soul-searching, and seeking validation from other people, sort of like realizing we were transgender.

Being a plurality, or a median system specifically? Not so much. And if we had to guess why, we would say it's because we haven't encountered nearly as much pushback about it as we have for being otherkin or transgender. So we've never felt the same need to justify our existence as a plural system, which means that we haven't gone over and over the explanations in our head and in essays and stuff, the way that we did with the other things.

Having said that, other people have experienced discrimination, as a result of being open about being part of a plural system. And we keep feeling like we ought to write something about plurality in our own words, if only to serve as a resource for readers and friends.

So if you've ever asked yourself questions like "WHY DOES SHE KEEP SWITCHING BETWEEN 'I' AND 'WE' IN THE SAME SENTENCE FFS," read on!

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jewelfox: A portrait of a female anthropomorphic fox, with a pink jewelled pendant and a cute overbite. (Default)
[personal profile] jewelfox is a median system composed of a fox and a being who currently identifies as a phoenix. The two sometimes work out their feelings about each other separately. This essay is written by phoenix!Taryn.



I'm only aware of myself when I'm in pain.

I had a lot of opportunities to feel that way when I was growing up. Every day there was something new that was hurting me, that we weren't allowed to acknowledge but that I had to deal with all the same. I had to sit through a movie that triggered me. I had go to a Seminary devotional that overloaded me. I had to deal with this alien body, and its nervous system that made me feel things I didn't want to and kept me from doing what I was told that I was supposed to. And I wasn't given any tools for dealing with it that worked. So I kept feeling that sense of being violated, and the anger and hatred I responded with.

fox!Taryn described us to [personal profile] rev_yurodivy, a former psychology student, and they said we might correspond pretty well to parts of the psyche: I'm the ego, f!T's the superego. I'm the part that feels the strongest sense of self, so I'm the one who has to feel that pain every time it comes up.

I'm not sure it's that clear-cut, though.

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