November 2nd, 2010

werewolf1
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On therianthropy and animal role play in BDSM

Recently over on FetLife, someone was asking how others felt about mixing their therianthopy with kinky animal role play.  While some people who espouse to be "true therians"  may feel sexual expression is not an appropriate part of therianthropy, I do not concur.

To me, sexual expression is a VERY deep part of my therianthopy, and for years, I have remained silent about it because of the flak I received from other therians about my sexual expressiveness.   Even though I was part of the original discussion that made therianthropy a religion for all intents and purposes.

I remember when the term Therianthropy was coined...  When we were having the spiritual lycanthropy thread on alt.horror.werewolves, and all the folks who identified with other animals wanted a more inclusive term.  A lot of that stemmed from the thread about "Dancing your animal" ...  Dancing your animal is a native american term for costuming to symbolize a spiritual celebration, and communication with your animal spirit, and that opened the  door to something of a spiritual lycanthropy discussion.

In the kinky world I have discovered my own "mental shift" that most kinky people call a "head space" .  I  I like to apply Dr Paul  Mclean's  "Triune brain model" to describe the mental shift or head space as a behavior model to describe the peeling away fo the "human consciousness" of the neo cortex, and a regression into the "R-complex" instinctual anamistic behavior of he brain.  While the triune brain model is totally inappropriate for a physical model, it does provide a very convenient behavioral model by which to describe the transition of consciousness, and control from human consciousness to the raw pure animal mind, driven and controlled by instinct. 

This transition or mental shift is , to me a very cathartic process that I find to be emotionally, and spiritually therapeutic.  I happen to achieve it through dancing my animal with fetish attire, and kinky sex acts, but this is not the case for all therianthropes.

Helpful links:
http://www.kheper.net/topics/intelligence/MacLean.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triune_brain