A Berlin gathering of people identifying as dogs has sparked debate over non-human identities and fetishized aspects like “puppy play.”
The Limitations of Personal Expression
A recent and somewhat controversial gathering in the heart of Berlin has raised eyebrows and sparked debates about the limits of personal expression, leaving local authorities and residents perplexed.
People Are Embracing Their Dog Identities
This unusual event involved a group of individuals who passionately identify as dogs, a unique subculture that has drawn both support and criticism, and has even led to calls for animal control intervention.
A Thousand People Were at the Event
Approximately 1,000 people, who prefer to be recognized as canines rather than humans, met up at Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz railway station in Germany.
They Were Howling and Barking
Their mode of communication during this gathering was limited to howling and barking at each other which quickly captured the attention of both onlookers and the digital world.
This Trans-Species Has Received Mixed Reviews
While some people have expressed curiosity and support for this trans-species expression, others have responded with mockery and criticism.
The Internet Isn’t Holding Back
Online platforms have been flooded with reactions to this unusual event with discussions ranging from curiosity about the motivations behind it to outright ridicule of the participants.
A Lot of People Are Doing This
This peculiar gathering is just one example of the broader phenomenon of people embracing non-human identities.
One Man Bought a Realistic Dog Costume
It follows the global fame of Toco, a Japanese individual who, after investing $14,000 in a hyper-realistic canine costume, is living out their lifelong dream of being a dog.
There Are Different Groups
Experts in the field have made distinctions between different groups within this phenomenon.
What Are ‘Therians’?
“Therians” are people who identify as creatures other than humans, often believing they possess the soul of an animal reincarnated in a human body.
What Are ‘Furries’?
On the other hand, “furries” are people who enjoy the practice of cosplaying in animal suits, often indulging in roleplay without a deep spiritual connection to their chosen animal identities.
One Man Spent a Fortune on His Outfit
The experiences of these people can be quite diverse. For instance, Tom Peters, a British individual who openly identifies as a Dalmatian, and Toru Ueda, a Tokyo engineer who spent $23,000 on a handmade wolf outfit, have gained internet fame as hound-human hybrids.
He Feels Free of Human Concerns
Ueda has described the transformation he undergoes when wearing his costume, feeling detached from human relationships and everyday concerns.
Extreme Behavior is ‘Puppy Play’
It’s important to note that animal-like behavior, taken to an extreme, has been fetishized within the BDSM community as “puppy play.”
What ‘Puppy Play’ Entails
Participants in this kink, often men, engage in roleplay where they wear muzzles, collars, or leashes, simulating canine behavior and dynamics.
Some Do it for the Money
Interestingly, the boundary between personal expression and financial opportunity has blurred for some.
Capitalizing on OnlyFans
Certain OnlyFans models have adopted canine personas to capitalize on the fascination with this subculture.
One Woman Makes $10,000 a Month
Jenna Phillips, an erotic content artist, revealed that she earns a staggering $10,000 per month solely for acting like a puppy, complete with a collar and all.
She Had No Idea it Would Be This Popular
The unexpected success of this venture has left her surprised and intrigued by the level of interest it has garnered.
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