VCN is acting as a neutral party in this discussion by hosting these polls so that the Therian and Otherkin communities may better understand and evaluate their position and/or opinions on media depictions of their subculture(s).
Therians & Otherkin;
After viewing the Logo TV Documentary which aired in the United States on April 23, 2013 entitled ‘What!? I Think I’m An Animal’, please rate your overall satisfaction and opinions in the following three (3) polls. We ask that you only answer Polls I and II if you have viewed the documentary; otherwise please skip to Poll III.
The results of these polls are provided in real-time so that you may discuss these topics at length via Therian and Otherkin forums, groups, chats, and other social mediums. We’re merely facilitating the quantification of opinions — we leave it up to you to decide where things go from here. We wish your communities the best of good fortune heading into the future!
Please note that ‘Clinical Vampirism’, ‘Autovampirism’, and ‘Renfield’s Syndrome’ do NOT appear in the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV + TR; 1994/2000) and ‘Vampirism’ will NOT be included in the forthcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V; 2013) as a mental disorder, listed paraphilia, or under ‘Paraphilias Not Elsewhere Classified’.
If you personally self-identify as a “real vampi(y)re” please take a moment to answer the following question (divided for both Primary Practicing Sanguinarian (Blood Feeding) and Psychic (Energy Feeding) Self-Identified Vampires). If you identify as sexual, pranic, elemental, hybrid, eclectic, adaptive, living, or other identifiers sometimes ascribed to vampirism please choose the the category which best encompasses your primary feeding method: Sanguinarian (blood consumption, physical fluid-blood exchanges, etc.) or Psychic (psi/chi/qi/life energy feeding or manipulation, metaphysical, spiritual, etc.).
VCN POLL CLOSED FEBRUARY 15, 2013 – ANALYSIS BELOW & AT LINK: http://www.suscitatio.com/images/DiagnosedMentalConditionsAmongVampires-VCN+VEWRSAnalysis2013.jpg Note: Sanguinarian and Psychic responses to the VCN poll indicated no statistically significant differences in condition reporting and thus are combined as Total Self-Identified Vampire Response Count (TVC). The same observation was made for the majority of responses to Question 037B (Mental Conditions) of the VEWRS; a sample size three times that of the VCN poll.
Question Only For Sanguinarian (Blood) Or Sanguinarian-Primary Practicing Self-Identifed Vampires: *Psychic Feeding Vampires Please Skip To The Next Question
As a primarily Sanguinarian Vampi(y)re which of the following conditions have you ever been diagnosed with by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist? (Check All That Apply)
Demystifying ‘Real’ Vampirism For The Rest Of Us An overview of modern vampirism for the general public By Merticus; Atlanta Vampire Alliance [AVA] & Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC February 10, 2013 – This article may be redistributed, translated, or adopted by other organizations provided there are no content modifications and full citation is included. http://www.atlantavampirealliance.com/educational/demystification.html
As a sanguinarian (blood-drinking) vampire would you, or have you, ever personally (by your hand) killed an animal for purposes of a blood feeding? These particular polls do not focus on whether you ate the animal afterwards, the manner in which the animal is killed, ethical considerations, medical risks from consuming animal blood, or other factors (such can be a matter of discussion elsewhere). When choosing your answer, the primary objective of the hypothetical or actualized killing(s) should be “for the purposes of a blood feeding” with all other considerations secondary.
A Question For Real Vampires On Proposals By Television Media:
If you were offered the opportunity to appear on a reality-style or documentary-style television show (not a short news clip) concerning in part or in full “real vampires/vampirism” would you be interested in transparent participation (face not obscured and voice not disguised)?
A Question Specifically For Those Who Identify As Real Vampi(y)res:
If you were compelled to critically evaluate your own personal identity [belief, condition, practice, state of being, et. al.] as a ‘real vampi(y)re’ based upon your collective and present understanding or interpretation of ‘vampirism’; what confidence level would you assign for yourself?
2014 To Present Active Poll:
2012 – 2013 Archived Poll Results:
Please make a selection below based on the question outlined above.
Extremely Confident I'm A Vampi(y)re (52%, 96 Votes)
Very Confident I'm A Vampi(y)re (29%, 54 Votes)
Somewhat Confident I'm A Vampi(y)re (13%, 23 Votes)
Not Too Confident I'm A Vampi(y)re (4%, 7 Votes)
Not At All Confident I'm A Vampi(y)re (2%, 4 Votes)