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The anti-fluffy movement among Pagans
by Diane Vera
Copyright © 2003 by Diane Vera. All rights reserved.
Within Pagandom, there has arisen a movement against the "fluff-bunnies" who are seen as currently dominant in the Pagan scene.
As far as I can tell, "fluff-bunnies" are those who (1) present what other Pagans regard as an overly sweetness-and-light image of Wicca and/or Paganism; (2) still believe that Wicca is an intact "Old Religion," descended from prehistoric times via Margarent Murray's hypothetical underground "witch cult," though the more educated Wiccans have come to realize that Murray's "witch cult" probably never existed; (3) cling to ideological security blankets; and (4) have a general tendency toward intellectual laziness.
The anti-fluffy movement attracts a variety of people. Some are Pagan Reconstructionists who are dissatisfied with the predominance of Wiccans and Wiccaneque Pagans in the Pagan scene. (Pagan Reconstructionists are those who seek to reconstruct an actual ancient religion based on known history, in contrast to Wicca's synthesis of ideas from many religions both ancient and modern.) On the other hand, the anti-fluffy movement also attracts Wiccans who feel that many in the Pagan scene have a watered-down understanding of what "Wicca" is (as distinct from the broader categories "Wiccanesque Paganism" and "Pagan witchcraft").
And it also attracts some Pagans who are dissatisfied with the Pagan scene for various other reasons, such as disgreement with one or more of the political views espoused by many leading Pagans (liberal, left-wing, feminist, environmentalist), or a dislike of the anti-Christian attitudes of some Pagans, or a discomfort with the gothy or otherwise offbeat clothing worn by some Pagan spokespeople.
Some -- though not all -- people in the anti-fluffy movement have a very friendly attitude toward Satanists, and are critical of the tendency of many "fluff-bunnies" (and others in the Pagan scene) to scapegoat Satanists. Some anti-fluffies have echoed my own critique of common "We're not Satanists!" disclaimers.
Others are not so friendly. Some Pagan Reconstructionists, for example, are even more hostile toward Satanists than many Wiccans and Wiccanesque Pagans are.
Below are some anti-fluffy websites:
- Why Wiccans Suck - The original anti-fluffy site, whose owner tells me she coined the term "fluff-bunny." Note: This site is not against Wicca itself, but critical of various attitudes of "fluff-bunny" Wiccans. (The server is currently having technical difficulties which will, I hope, be fixed soon.)
- Daven's Journal, including What Makes a Fluffbunny?
- Sannion's Sanctuary, a Hellenic reconstructionist site with lots of info on Hellenic Polytheism, plus a collection of Pagan Rants including A Conversation about Wicca
- The Holy Church of Kern, including the Fluffbunny Hasenpfeffer (WiccaVent ) email group and an article titled Canar: A New Word.
- Pagan/Heathan Clergy Resources,, including Non-Fluffy Pagans email group
- Lucifera's Home Page, including The Fluffy Test and What does being fluffy really mean?
- The Obsidian Mirror, including Wicca Should Be More Like Satanism (Note: I personally have some disagreements with some of LaVey's "rules." I'll discuss these in a future article, one of these days. I also disagree with quite a few of Obsidian's views in various other articles on the site. Still, I'm happy to see Obsidian's friendly attitude toward Satanism.)
- Wicca for the Rest of Us
- Pagans Against Bad History webring
- 12stepBunny - Fluff Bunny Pagan's 12 Step Recovery email group
- Necronomi.com - the Online Grimoiere. One of the very oldest occult sites on the web. See especially the Pagan Archives section for some classic online documents -- a good back-to-basics resource.
Later, I'll post here some additional thoughts about the anti-fluffy movement. For now, I'll just say: Thanks very much to those of you who have objected to the scapegoating of Satanists within the Pagan community.