On July 14th at 12:00 PM Central Time, cheetah/citrakayah will be hosting a moderated discussion about therianthropy on IRC. The topics will be:
1) Regardless of whether or not therianthropy has some innate purpose, do you try to give it one and use it, or be inspired by it, in the service of a greater cause? For instance, a tiger therian might be inspired to help preserve their theriotype, or a therian might try and take up the pen or keyboard to foster a greater understanding or empathy for non-humans.
2) Fiction speaks to people because of their lived experiences. What fiction speaks to you because of your therianthropy, and how?
3) If therians are humans with nonhuman instincts/phantom limbs/identity/whatever, could nonhuman animals have similar experiences?
To join, go to www.mibbit.com and click "launch Mibbit client." Type in your preferred nickname and type "#stdc" into the field called "channel." Click "auth," select "password" and enter "purplemountains." Then click connect. You may have to add some random digits to the end of your nickname; Mibbit is a large server and some nicknames will already be registered. Please note that when not in use the channel is locked. This means that outside of shortly before the chat starts, during the chat, and shortly after it ends (if people linger), it will be impossible to say anything in the chat.
Chats will be archived on the Werelist.
Addendum from cheetah: Because people have said they were interested in participating but weren't able to, I'm allowing people to submit answers to the prompts that I'll relay in the chat. Please only do this if you actually can't attend. This breaks the roundtable format to some degree, but given the state of the chat I'm not that concerned about it.
If you have answers you'd like to provide for this event, but cannot attend, please PM @Jethero with your answers. You must do so before the 14th.