What do you think about the Furry Fandom

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since Furry Fandom has become more mainstream and more accepting i was curious on what you guys think about the Fandom if you are unaware of the Fandom well here you go

Furry fandom is a fandom for fictional anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics. Examples of anthropomorphic attributes include exhibiting human intelligence and facial expressions, the ability to speak, walk on two legs, and wear clothes. Furry fandom is also used to refer to the community of people who gather on the Internet and at conventions.

While the fandom is diverse and spread out over several different sections and groups, the basic definition of a furry is someone who enjoys to draw, look at, or role-play as non-human creatures with human characteristics, commonly animals.

These are referred to as Anthropomorphic creatures, and run the gambit of types, from catgirls to popular cartoon characters, and some even consider alien races like Twi'leks as furry since they are non-human. The most famous examples of furries in mainstream media are Disney's Robin Hood animated feature and the Star Fox games by Nintendo.

Most furries wear Fursuits at the conventions but other furs just enjoy the art that the Fandom has. i am a Furry, i LOVE the artwork but i think the fursuits look scary

<---- Scared of Eyes

i think the artistic style is very awesome and i applaud artists that can Draw.

Some furries use a Fursona

A fursona itself consists of a name (usually fictitious) and a species, as well as any distinctive colors, markings or body features. An artist's typical commission is a rendition of a fursona.

So i hoped i provided a good understanding of the Fandom of course its a BIG fandom.

So Escapist thoughts on the Furry Fandom???

ok..I was actually shocked when I read that the "furrie" thing WASNT just about the perverted sex side

it was actually mainly about liking anthromorphic animals....

seriously you guyd get a bad rep

EDIT: wait...I just realised somthing...I constantly use <-Dog as my avatar (even on facebooks) and...oh my god....I...I...

I MIGHT BE A FURY??!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

I jest..really

I think its a little disgusting and hanging around with furries makes me feel so uncomfortable I need to get the hell out of where ever I am fast.

Not to judge, just being honest.

Different people have different tastes. Just don't force them into my face and I'm fine.
Though I try to steer clear of the more "explicit" and "unusual" members of the fandom.

It weirds me out a bit, but hey, whatever floats your boat.

Just don't sexualise my childhood cartoons and we'll get along juuuuuuuust fine.

Whatever floats your boat, as long as it isn't harming anyone, I have no right to judge you.

But I have to confess that I find it all a bit strange. But that is probably because I never encountered it outside of the internet.

I don't think about them, not actively, but when I do... it's a touch frightening, just a touch.
That and the generic "anime" art usually irritates me.

Live and let live I say. One of my best friends is a furry, makes no difference to me. Just don't go showing me that stuff, I'm not interested, and it doesn't do anything for me :P

If that's what they're into, and they're not harming anybody, it's their business.

I only really begin to have an issue if people (or animals) are being harmed as a result.

Pffft, never really phased me.

"you like anthropomorphic pictures? kewl"

"you look at anthropomorphic porn? keeeeewl"

"you fuck people in fursuits?.... a bit weird but aslong as it doesnt involve poo then its alright"

Borderline creepy but entirely harmless.

Just so long as they stay away from my cat.

I guess I'm a furry... but I draw the line at sexual acts. Really, some people ruin it for everyone else...

EDIT: And that also involves some of my...uh...other...interests...

I like cartoon animals as much as the next person, but furries tend to dramatize/sexualize everything like crazy.

Hell, DeviantART is flooded with intensely scowling, barely contained sexually explosive wolfmen. It's getting a bit fucking obnoxious.

I understand most of them quite well. There are many animals with admirable attributes, some of which are heavily contrasted by one or another shortcoming for humans. I find the fantasy of combining aspects of multiple species neither weird nor in any way abhorrent.

The sexual fantasies held by some in that category are understandable as well, it is part of the way we're wired to have such fantasies about those we feel a strong connection to. Redirecting said fantasies towards fictional characters is a bit unusual, but it is not not really any of my business either way

For me, it is the "otherkin" that make me scratch my head and reach for a phone to dial the funny men in white suits. At about that point, fantasy is over and one has stepped into delusion.

P.S. For anyone who still think that the term furry is exclusively a sexual thing, you are quite mistaken. By the broadest definition of the term, nearly every person reading this is or at least was a furry. Between the Muppets, cartoons, and other media, anthropomorphic animals are everywhere, and they are POPULAR for a reason.

Casual Shinji:
I like cartoon animals as much as the next person, but furries tend to dramatize/sexualize everything like crazy.

Hell, DeviantART is flooded with intensely scowling, barely contained sexually explosive wolfmen. It's getting a bit fucking obnoxious.

It's not nearly as bad as the crazy big-titted (and I mean blimp-like) furries on there.
Cannot. Unsee.

As for the fandom, I like the drawings and stuff and the nice innocent parts of it I guess.
I dont get the sexy parts, so I stay away. But as long as you're not hurting anyone/anything then who am I to judge.

Vault101:
ok..I was actually shocked when I read that the "furrie" thing WASNT just about the perverted sex side

it was actually mainly about liking anthromorphic animals....

seriously you guyd get a bad rep

EDIT: wait...I just realised somthing...I constantly use <-Dog as my avatar (even on facebooks) and...oh my god....I...I...

I MIGHT BE A FURY??!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

I jest..really

Is that a Garrus dog? lol

Honestly all I've heard is the "furry piles" and... multi-racial bestiality?
Its not been very good for you guys I agree. But I suppose a girl with cat ears at a convention would look sort a cute.

You can blame the media for it. I did see a CSI episode once about furries, can imagine it would be pretty offensive to you.

people have the right to enjoy whatever fucked up hobby they so choose... and I have the right to judge and criticize them harshly for said choice...

freedom is awesome

I think I must be a furry.

I used to like my ex and she was a bitch .... does that count.

Phasmal:

Casual Shinji:
I like cartoon animals as much as the next person, but furries tend to dramatize/sexualize everything like crazy.

Hell, DeviantART is flooded with intensely scowling, barely contained sexually explosive wolfmen. It's getting a bit fucking obnoxious.

It's not nearly as bad as the crazy big-titted (and I mean blimp-like) furries on there.
Cannot. Unsee.

Yeah, what the hell is going on with all that jumbo inflation crap? I don't even mean big tits, because by some form of logic I guess I can see we people might like that: tits + big = YAY!!!

It's those inflated stomachs the size of Volkswagens that are seriously disturbing. Yeah, yeah, different strokes 'n all, but there's a line. *blegh*

I'm not a fan. Its not that I don't like them as people, its just that in my mind there is a limit to how weird one's fetishes can be before it makes me say "wat?" and furry is on the other side of that limit. The idea of anthropomorphized animal art/porn isn't the problem, its the whole fur suit and creating characters thing that I take issue with. The fur suit is pretty self explanatory, the idea of dressing up like a mascot is really strange, and, in my mind, has no place outside of a sporting event (or at least not in public). The character thing bothers me more because to me, it shows a level of ridiculousness that one would put so much thought into what type of animal they are, not only that, but they go through the trouble to actually flesh out a character, its just really odd to me.

Also, the main thing I dislike can be applied to many different groups and its not exclusive to furries, but its how in your face a lot of furries are about the fact they're furries. I don't want to know, and somehow, I doubt other people want to know. Not all are like this, I know, but its still an issue I have.

Zack Alklazaris:
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Is that a Garrus dog? lol

Honestly all I've heard is the "furry piles" and... multi-racial bestiality?
Its not been very good for you guys I agree. But I suppose a girl with cat ears at a convention would look sort a cute.

You can blame the media for it. I did see a CSI episode once about furries, can imagine it would be pretty offensive to you.

yes...it is a Garrus dog

did I jsut "furrie-fie" Garrus?..I'd liek to think not (and lets not get started on him.."popping the heatsink"

anyway..CSI? oh christ..dont give thos peopel anything remotly niche..they'll butcher it to death (then again not nearly as awful as the "magical MMO girl" from NCIS...or *shudder* that part in law and order where a women met her husband "at an xbox tournament in south korea..he had the cutest avatar" wrong...SO WRONG

anyway the dog charachter is from http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/ComicStrip/FootrotFlats?from=Main.FootrotFlats

I'm not a furry myself, but I have a lot of respect for furry fans. their fascination with anthropomorphism is as old as human civilization itself.

I think the fandom is ok, some furries I'v come across can be total jerks and hypocrites, but hey that's with every group of people, so it doesn't really matter.

one thing that's annoyed the total CRAP out of me is how people have skewed the definition of anthropomorphism. I look at a dog on all 4s that can talk, and I say "oh, it's anthropomorphic" and someone corrects me with "no no no, it's feral, athro would be standing up," and I just sit there thinking "um....there's no difference." same thing with the whole "gijinka" thing, cute girls with animal ears/tails and stuff, people try to categorize them as being completely different than being anthropomorphic, but it's ALL the same thing, and would all fall under being part of the furry fandom.

EDIT: I would also like to add something.

just simply liking something with anthropomorphic characters (my little pony, loony tunes, certain disney films, etc.) does not make someone a furry. if their REASONS for liking something is BECAUSE it has anthropomorphic characters, THEN that'd make them a furry, because it's the anthropomorphism that's attracting them.

even liking the rule 34 of certain anthropomorphic characters doesn't instantly constitute as being a furry, because it could just be that characters personality and other such immaterial qualities that they find attractive.

It's a horrible fandom. Which is really sad, considering i genuinely like some of their art and i know a few furries who are pretty decent people. But sadly those seem to be a minority. The biggest or at least the most vocal part of the fandom is now just about sexualizing things (and i don't really like any kind of drawn porn. Well... or porn in general, to be honest), catfighting (no pun intended) and some really weird stuff. You know, i'm german and people drawing anthros in fetishized Nazi uniforms just kinda offend me. And... again, it's sad, there's some pretty amazing anthro art but there are just too many perverts, crybabies and weirdoes in the fandom.

I don't know any personally, least none that are confirmed, there were a couple of college friends who I suspected but never cared enough to outright ask them.

I used to watch an awesome podcast by a couple of furries but since 2 AND JIBBa HAVEN'T PUT ONE OUT IN A MILLION YEARS I haven't had any interactions with it.

Basically it's whatever floats your boat man. I wouldn't kick someone out of bed for being a furry.

The all-new Chevy Sonic can fuck itself right off that god damn road it's driving on!

These responses are far more tame than I would expect. I go to Dragon*Con every year in Atlanta and I usually consider myself an open-minded kind of guy. However, I must admit when I see some furries hanging around I usually look for the emergency exit...

People have the right to express themselves however the hell they want as long as its not hurting anyone, and I have the right to be terrified of them :D

Nice people, it's basically the reason I'm in it for.
Went to a convention a few years back in London, was originally in another hall for a different convention. Went there for the shit of it, went out with a lot new friends.
That and the art looks great.

I think its pretty odd.. but people think i'm odd my interests in video games, tattoos electronics so if you like animal people I won't judge as long as you don't shove it down my throat.

sometimes it would be nice to be able to unlearn things like this existing

edit

I find anthro characters adorable, but the fetish kind of scares me. Also fursonas are a bit too much like fanfic characters, the middle school girl fantasy kind.

The sexual parts weird me out, and the non-sexual part usually involves furries claiming that if you like Looney Toons and old Disney, you're a furry, which /really/ bugs me. I like those old cartoons, but it's not because of some aesthetic appreciation for anthropomorphized animals.

Edit: It's not even the rule 34 that bugs me; it's the fursuits, fursonas, and the knowledge that yiff exists. Brain bleach, please.

Owyn_Merrilin:
Looney Toons....which really Bugs me

was that a pun? (Bugs bunny)

I'm a Furry.

Also a Brony.

Not ashamed. Though I will say that my interest in anthro art is almost entirely sexual, while my interest in MLP is entirely non-sexual, so I think it's safe to say that they come from two different places.

Trezu:
since Furry Fandom has become more mainstream and more accepting i was curious on what you guys think about the Fandom if you are unaware of the Fandom well here you go.

I'm fine with the furry fandom, mostly because I am a furry myself.

I'm not sure if I would say the furry fandom has become more "mainstream." It was only just over a year ago that I discovered the fandom and realised I was part of it and I know now that furries have been around a LOT longer than that. I think the culture and its participants have simply becaome more accessible with the rise of the internet. So much more information can be shared amongst our fellow furries without us needing to leave the comfort of our prejudice free homes. Certainly the amount of conventions that happen is a clear indicator that there is a significantly large fan base but I think this is simply a result of the aforementioned connectivity we share.

I very much doubt furries will ever shake the negative aspects that have been attached to us by people who don't understand the fandom. I mean all you have to do is type furry into Google and you know the most prevailent examples will be pornography. But what I have seen so far is a vast, friendly and very accepting community; something that you don't find all that often on the internet. If all it takes for such civility to breed is an afinity for anthropomorphized animals, then I say that can't be a bad thing.

Fappy:
However, I must admit when I see some furries hanging around I usually look for the emergency exit...

SmashLovesTitanQuest:
I think its a little disgusting and hanging around with furries makes me feel so uncomfortable I need to get the hell out of where ever I am fast.

Not to judge, just being honest.

Colour me intrigued. Aside from the sexual elements (which is an understandably awkward aspect for non-furries to consider) it is not like furries are known to be dangerous, unhinged lunatics (or are we?) What aspect of the furry fandom makes you so uncomfortable? I'm also not here to judge, just curious is all.

People can jack it to whatever they want, makes no difference to me.

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