Thursday, August 23, 2007

Fluffy Bunny Under Glass

The phrase "fluffy bunny," or "fluff-bunny," is one oft bandied about in the NeoPagan community. Roughly translated, it means "people whose practices and/or beliefs are somehow sillier or less serious than one's own." It's a derogatory term.

And let me tell you, the Pagans hate the fluffy bunnies. But only because said Pagans secretly suspect that they're fluffy, too. And they're deathly afraid that someone "legitimate" will call them on it.

Has anyone ever read a book called The Mole People, by Jennifer Toth? If not, check it out sometime: it's an in-depth, first-person study of the homeless people in New York who inhabit abandoned subway tunnels, and it's beyond fascinating.

None of the underground homeless actually refer to themselves as "mole people," though; that's a figure of speech only applied to the tunnel denziens who live in the levels below them. Even when you get down to the lowest man-made tunnels, the groups living there have stories about the "mole people" who live even further below.

It's the same thing with the fluffy bunnies. Regardless of how much many Pagans worry that "valid" practitioners will notice how fluffy they are, there's always someone fluffier to look down upon.

But as a definable, persecutable group, fluffy bunnies simply don't exist.

(A tip o' the nib to Deborah for the special request.)

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