It's not a term I use often but it is a term I have been called recently and I've seen a few people use it. I've been trying to figure out why we would have this term. For the more New Age people I'd just say "white lighters" and though some of them have funny beliefs, they seem to be ok people. Like I said some of their beliefs I disagree with and I will not cater to their Romantic fantasies, but they're usually pretty harmless.

 

I don't respect the people who don't think for themselves, or refuse to be corrected, and mostly those that irk me are the ones that deny science all together as if it never did anyone any good. (Yet somehow are still managing to use a computer, lol.) Some people do go to spirituality as their own psycho drama and the ones that can't distinguish between reality and fantasy I do question and not all the time do I have respect for them. (Some people are respectable.) But when I did the term "fluffy bunny" is rarely used.

 

It seems rather, this fluffy bunny movement came about from Wiccans and witches who were tired of the New Age. For along time I thought this term was ok, but again rarely thought to use it. Yes people go through a phase of getting bad information because of popular authors, I know I did. (Although I don't think I was ever into harming none.) Wicca was full of that because a lot of that was the thought of Gardner and his associates of that era, it was common. Though much of it has been debunked with recent scholarship. New Age hooked on to it later, especially since it fit Romantic ideals that both movements had. I agree pseudo-science should be stamped out and I personally don't care for rose colored glasses, but there are people who still believe whatever, and they are allowed to. I wouldn't want it any other way really.

 

Now in this, correct me if I am wrong, because this might be a concept more popular with Wicca & witchcraft, but when a person who isn't as 'New Age' posts that someone is a fluffy bunny because they are eccentrically eclectic, or believes in some New Age ideals, [etc] aren't they usually uninitiated Wiccans?  Then they are not Wiccans just like the people they're accusing? Because I knew someone on here who was what people would call a "fluffy bunny" about websites like Wicca for the rest of us. She couldn't think for herself and was trying so hard to not be fluffy that all she did was quote the author of the website whose opinions certainly don't speak for all pagans or Wiccans. The author has no problems outing pop culture Wiccans, ones who spread pseudo-history, yet admits to not practicing Wicca the way Gardner intended, while calling herself a Wiccan. There were the usual trappings like how its impossible or fluffy to mix Christianity and Wicca. Yet a look into Wicca's influences certainly shows influence from the bible, Judaism, and Christianity. Wicca is eclectic. It did mix. So to me its like the pot calling the kettle black.

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Comment by Maris Hellfaerie (Maire) on June 26, 2011 at 1:06am

I call people pop-[insert specific system] when I feel they are cherry pickers who are in it for the uniqueness, style etc.

There is no need to dehumanise people with a term which is traditionally used to belittle and objectify women (sorry, but from my POV that's what it is doing).

Comment by Alexia Adder on June 26, 2011 at 1:20am
Yeah, you do have a point there.  I didn't think of it that way, I still don't know why that specific animal is referenced. (I actually like rabbits.) I just think its another us vs them mentality thing. Its real lame imo.
Comment by Maris Hellfaerie (Maire) on June 26, 2011 at 1:26am

Rabbits and Hares are awesome creatures, but there is a reason why you are called a name which relates to a classic prey, and not a predator, and a rabbit is just that. Food.

Comment by Maris Hellfaerie (Maire) on June 26, 2011 at 1:28am

Excluding the traditional east Asian view on rabbits, where they are seen as heroic, but who do we want to fool with trying to apply that intepretation here?

Oh, and as usual, I like this blog entry.

Comment by Alexia Adder on June 26, 2011 at 1:31am

Haha I was born in the year of the rabbit, I love the Asian view. Aztecs have the same symbolism with the moon, but they also associate rabbits with drunkenness because of their "crazy" way they move. (There's 500 gods of drunkenness and they're all rabbits.) I prefer these views than the playboy bunny view. I also remember that Hugh originally was gonna have the symbol of a stag, not a bunny.

 

Thanks. I try to make thought provoking blogs.

Comment by Maris Hellfaerie (Maire) on June 26, 2011 at 3:01am
Comment by Alexia Adder on June 26, 2011 at 3:07am
That reminds me of Audrey Kawasaki.
Comment by Priapus on June 26, 2011 at 7:12am
Yes...I never fail to be amused by those who deny evolution or global warming, say they don't "believe in science."  I respond, "You watch TV, don't you?"  Usually, they don't get what I mean at first.  But when they do, I ask, "Nice picture, huh?"
Comment by Alexia Adder on June 26, 2011 at 7:16am
I just find it funny since all science is, is the explanation of the material world. You don't have to follow it like a sheep because obviously its prone to human error. But at the same times there's things that can't really of shouldn't be denied.
Comment by thesacredkitchen on June 26, 2011 at 1:40pm

I've been called fluffy bunny, I'm sure someone will always call me fluffy bunny, but I'm not in this to suit them. I like bunnies, they are beneficial in many different ways.... and they are f-in cute.

If I disagree with someones point of view for whatever reason, we agree to disagree and move on... has my path changed from when I first started studying, oh yes, if it hadn't then I wouldn't be evolving.

 

I think I skipped my point though.... like everything, every place and everyone in life; cliques, groups, circles.... whatever, are employed. Even the nonconformist have a group of not conforming people. No matter what, you'll be labeled, even if you don't want to be, its human nature to put labels on things and people. Its up to you to embrace that label and make the name mean something to you. For me, Fluffy Bunny, is everything I make it. 

 

Although I'm sure this isn't what you where driving at.

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