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Author Topic: What is a Fluffy Bunny? an FAQ I found  (Read 12969 times)
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« Topic Start: August 13, 2008, 04:59:28 pm »

I'm sorry if I've posted this in the wrong section; I couldn't find an appropriate one.  I've posted this more as a "funny" than "actuality" or "truth."  Opinions on fluffy bunnies, I believe, vary a bit from person to person.

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« Reply #1: August 13, 2008, 05:06:59 pm »

I'm sorry if I've posted this in the wrong section; I couldn't find an appropriate one.  I've posted this more as a "funny" than "actuality" or "truth."  Opinions on fluffy bunnies, I believe, vary a bit from person to person.


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« Reply #2: August 14, 2008, 11:05:43 am »

[modbreak]You say that this is "an FAQ I found" -- if you did not write it you need permission from the original author/copyright holder to post it here and that permission needs to be included in your post. I do not see such permission. Provide it immediately or I will have to delete the FAQ.

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I apologize.  The originator is no longer on the forum where I found it.  I just thought it was a funny.  Please feel free to delete then.  Sorry.
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« Reply #3: August 14, 2008, 11:16:25 am »

I apologize.  The originator is no longer on the forum where I found it.  I just thought it was a funny.  Please feel free to delete then.  Sorry.

Done.  (Well, content removed, anyway; we don't delete posts/threads here.)  If you have a link to the original piece, you could post that and it wouldn't be a problem.  That's usually the best way to go with stuff like this.
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« Reply #4: August 14, 2008, 11:20:39 am »

Done.  (Well, content removed, anyway; we don't delete posts/threads here.)  If you have a link to the original piece, you could post that and it wouldn't be a problem.  That's usually the best way to go with stuff like this.

THAT I do have.

original post:  FAQ:  What is a "Fluffy Bunny"?
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« Reply #5: August 14, 2008, 03:00:03 pm »


I never knew there were different types of fluffy bunnies.

I unfortunately was a pop culture fluffy bunny when I was a teen. I watched the movies and thought to myself, "That doesn't look so hard. I can do that."

I knew nothing about Wicca when I tried to do a spell when I was younger. Well it backfired and now I refuse to do spells anymore. (I know some people are thinking, don't let one bad experience turn you off from spells)

I didn't realize there is more to Wicca that what TV portrays. When I started actually reading about Wicca it really openend my eyes.

I'm no longer a fluffy bunny. Although I am a Wiccan who doesn't seem to practice. Way too much on my plate.

Sorry for the rant ya'all.
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« Reply #6: August 14, 2008, 06:47:22 pm »


I saw the same article by the same author on a different forum I go on. I liked it and found it very informative and interesting. I'd say linking it here was a pretty good idea. Smiley
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« Reply #7: August 16, 2008, 09:22:07 am »

I saw the same article by the same author on a different forum I go on. I liked it and found it very informative and interesting. I'd say linking it here was a pretty good idea. Smiley
I think it was very informative. its just a real shame that we have to be so judgemental of the way others do things that we have to come up with classifications like fluffy bunny in order to put them down. sometimes my veiws probably do fall under the fluffy bunny typecasting because I have in the past found many good clues and hints to my own magical growth through fiction books and through movies but I also know enough not to believe everything I read or see on the screen too. I really hate that we find the need to look down our noses at people who are not at our place of growth or do not practice the craft as we do. But I guess that is part of being Human.
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« Reply #8: August 16, 2008, 12:31:48 pm »

I really hate that we find the need to look down our noses at people who are not at our place of growth or do not practice the craft as we do. But I guess that is part of being Human.

ITA. It's my pagan pet peeve.
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« Reply #9: August 16, 2008, 02:30:10 pm »

I think it was very informative. its just a real shame that we have to be so judgemental of the way others do things that we have to come up with classifications like fluffy bunny in order to put them down. sometimes my veiws probably do fall under the fluffy bunny typecasting because I have in the past found many good clues and hints to my own magical growth through fiction books and through movies but I also know enough not to believe everything I read or see on the screen too. I really hate that we find the need to look down our noses at people who are not at our place of growth or do not practice the craft as we do. But I guess that is part of being Human.

I'll second (or is it third?) that! I hate these types of labels, hate it, hate it, hate it!  Everybody starts at a different place and developes at a different rate. I have talked to several Pagans and Witches who have sometimes said it was the cheesiest movie, TV show, book, etc. that made them realize Paganism was for them. 

I think at one time we all go through the "spooky grave yard" phase, it doesn't mean people who are at that point are fluffy or silly or anything else, we are all students along our paths, we all continue to change and grow and learn.

I'll step off the soap box now.
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« Reply #10: August 16, 2008, 02:41:03 pm »

I'll second (or is it third?) that! I hate these types of labels, hate it, hate it, hate it!  Everybody starts at a different place and developes at a different rate. I have talked to several Pagans and Witches who have sometimes said it was the cheesiest movie, TV show, book, etc. that made them realize Paganism was for them. 

I think at one time we all go through the "spooky grave yard" phase, it doesn't mean people who are at that point are fluffy or silly or anything else, we are all students along our paths, we all continue to change and grow and learn.

I'll step off the soap box now.

no, please stay...otherwise PN and I will be lonely Wink

Another thing that really really irks me is when people tell  me I'm not a witch b/c I am/am not do/don't do ________. Whatever they think is ok or real, I guess. I recently ran into this on one of my lists where someone had posted this big long thing about traditional witchcraft, and explained that anyone who calls themselves a witch but doesn't subscribe to (I guess the poster's) condoned traditional path is "erroneous". Oh.  How nice for me to know.
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« Reply #11: August 16, 2008, 06:37:19 pm »

no, please stay...otherwise PN and I will be lonely Wink
Another thing that really really irks me is when people tell  me I'm not a witch b/c I am/am not do/don't do ________. Whatever they think is ok or real, I guess. I recently ran into this on one of my lists where someone had posted this big long thing about traditional witchcraft, and explained that anyone who calls themselves a witch but doesn't subscribe to (I guess the poster's) condoned traditional path is "erroneous". Oh.  How nice for me to know.

Okay, I'll stay on.  Wink

Yes, I know what you mean about not being a witch because you don't practice it the way someone else does.   Roll Eyes

I think what irks me the most about that is the length of time (all my life?) that I have been practicing. Which means way before some new age book came out that says I have been doing it all wrong. Pl-eeeese!
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« Reply #12: August 17, 2008, 06:19:02 am »

I really hate that we find the need to look down our noses at people who are not at our place of growth or do not practice the craft as we do. But I guess that is part of being Human.

People make judgements about each other all of the time.  Given that we're a social species, it's pretty much instinctive that we're going to assess where we are in the pecking order.  Especially given that those things can often be associated with preferential breeding opportunities.

And to be honest, have you *never* in your life thought that someone was an idiot?  Whether right or wrong, we have opinions about other people.  The fluffy label exists because people see certain groups of behaviours that appear linked, and can be stable over time (or just a phase, as people mention).  Hence the label exists as a short hand.  Look on the bright side - without this awful label, or other negative labels, we'd have to trawl out a long list of our complaints with someone each time we needed to describe them.
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« Reply #13: August 17, 2008, 10:10:59 am »

People make judgements about each other all of the time.  Given that we're a social species, it's pretty much instinctive that we're going to assess where we are in the pecking order.  Especially given that those things can often be associated with preferential breeding opportunities.
And to be honest, have you *never* in your life thought that someone was an idiot?  Whether right or wrong, we have opinions about other people.  The fluffy label exists because people see certain groups of behaviours that appear linked, and can be stable over time (or just a phase, as people mention).  Hence the label exists as a short hand.  Look on the bright side - without this awful label, or other negative labels, we'd have to trawl out a long list of our complaints with someone each time we needed to describe them.

Well, that is exactly the point, there is no such thing as a "fluffy bunny". It is only the person using the term who sees another as a fluffy bunny.   A fluffy bunny only exists in the eye of the name-caller

Your use of the term "idiot" was spot on. What constitutes an idiot to some won't be the same for someone else.

Unfortunately, all this pettiness and name-calling leads to negative stereotypes. Granted "fluffy bunny" isn't quite in the same league as a lot of derogatory stereotypical terms, still it can hurt. I find it sad that this sort of snootiness came from within Paganism itself. 
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« Reply #14: August 17, 2008, 10:13:39 am »

I find it sad that this sort of snootiness came from within Paganism itself. 


It comes from people.  Why would pagans be better than anyone else?
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