Who We Are
We're a brainweird and genderqueer collective that mostly uses plural they/them pronouns. Some of us use other pronouns, and we'll provide those if they're needed. We're an adult, but we would prefer not to disclose our exact age here- we're a touch paranoid about strangers on the internet thanks to a few bad experiences in the past.
We discovered our plurality in late 2015 or early 2016 and found the plural community in the summer of 2016 or 2017; since then, we've been working towards peaceful co-existence. We make a point of being inclusive of all benign differences, system origins and quirks included, and we feel that they shouldn't be used as the basis for judgement and discrimination. We're much more interested in learning about the diversity of plural experiences than we are in perpetuating patterns of harrassment based on arbitrary criteria.
Almost anything creative is interesting to us; if it involves making something, we'll enjoy it. We actively or occasionally draw, paint, compose music, bind books, needle felt, repair plushies, customize dolls, sculpt things, DM tabletop games, and participate in all sorts of other creative pastimes- you name it, we'll try it. We also like to program. At the moment we have a decent grasp on Python3, BASH, HTML, and CSS (if you count those last two as programming), and we intend to pick up some C, Lua, and Perl. Aside from creative pursuits, we're passionate about human diversity and neurodivergence, technology in general, digital privacy, and rhythm gaming.
Collectively, we identify as various flavors of nonhuman for spiritual and psychological reasons. While we are fully aware that our body is human, the way we experience ourselves does not line up with that. We spent years hiding this identity and trying to deny our experiences because it all sounded ridiculous, but we're working to accept ourselves and be more open about who we are. Does that make us crazy? Maybe, but we'd rather be crazy and comfortable with ourselves than completely sane while rejecting who we are.
We veil (cover our hair) on a daily basis for practical and personal reasons. It feels right to make a public part of our body private to us, and it helps us a lot with sensory issues and anxiety. There's something oddly calming about it. In our case, it's definitely not for religious reasons; we're best described as pantheistic animists and aren't aligned with any organized religions, nor are we looking to join any.
We strongly believe in accepting all benign differences in existence and identity no matter how weird they might be- as long as you aren't intentionally hurting others (e.g. transphobia, pedophilia), we'll respect you.
The exact composition of our collective has varied significantly over time. Change is just part of how we work: parts of us frequently shift where we are and who we associate with inside. This can radically change the apparent composition of our collective. We're still made of all the same parts, but they're rearranged and have a different relationship with identity than before, functionally making us different iterations of the same core people. We theorize that we work like this because it makes it easier to adapt to different problems and demands.
Because the members of our collective shift identities over time, we've chosen to only list members that have existed for a longer period of time and have requested their own page here. Not all of us will be listed here, and not being listed does not mean someone does not exist. It simply means they don't have their name on our website for one reason or another. These personal pages were created entirely or in part by the person they belong to.
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How We Work
Brains are weird. They're practically never the exact same as one another, and the brains of plural folks are no different. One system might be totally discrete people, while another is a blob of messy identities that overlap and blur together. While plurality is often defined as "multiple people in the same brain," actual experiences can be more complicated than that. The best metaphor for our own collective structure is a flock of birds made of a lot of different species. Some are pidgeons, some are sparrows, and some are toucans that somehow made it into the flock despite the flock being in New York City. The different birds all clump together a little differently, but they're all still birds and are all still in the same big flock.
Want a more complicated explanation? Here we go.
Everyone here is composed a little differently. Like non-plural folks, we all have parts; unlike non-plural folks, some of our parts have parts. If you look at us very closely, we're all made up of a bunch of identity pieces that hold memories, traits, preferences, opinions, or other pieces of what makes a person who they are. On their own, these pieces can't do much. They have opinions, feelings, and thoughts, but they're very focused on the things they hold and thus often lack the wider perspective needed to get through life. If you isolated one of them and put them in their own body, they would be unable to cope with life and would quickly fall apart because they don't contain everything needed to get through the day.
Luckily, those identity pieces aren't isolated- after all, we're all in the same brain. We can talk to each other and collaborate, and by doing so we can clump together in different ways. Some of us are a bunch of parts in a trenchcoat, working together without being unified in identity. Others are made of parts that came together in identity as well as action; they feel like a unified person while still being aware of the parts that make them up. Quite a few of us fall somewhere in-between or entirely outside of those ideas- there are even people here that have multiple layers of identity, sort of a nested parts fractal where each layer has its own sense of self. It gets messy.
We're not fixed in a particular configuration either. Like a flock of birds, we can change how we clump together to better meet life's demands. This isn't a conscious decison; it's something that happens outside of our control. As time goes on and life demands change, our collective reorganizes itself to adapt to our situation by changing how we're grouped together while keeping the same basic components. This allows for memories, traits, and other essentials to be moved around or compartmentalized. It allowed us to adapt to very different demands in the past but has made it difficult to learn how we work- we've mapped the inside of our head quite a few times, only to find out a few months later that the map is no longer accurate.