What do you think about the Furry Fandom

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My eyes! the pinkness they burn! its just to damn cute T_T

Time to get serious... Oh Comedian

I don't care. I try my best to remain a non-judging dude when it comes to things like sexuality or weird kinks, since I happen to be in a similair boat.

I have to say that if you ever enjoyed, sexual or not being around a animal that your a furry is like saying that if you ever enjoyed, sexual or not being around leather that you wear S&M gear, it simply isn't true.

I'm not bothered by it at all, since I want to be as accepting as possible if I'm gay and all that good shit. Wanting to be accepted then not accepting something is hypocritical, which can be bad.

Doesn't affect me.
Do find it slightly hypocritical how some anime fans treat furries, though.

Rawne1980:
I think I must be a furry.

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

lol, that made my day.

As far as fetishes go, furry is one of the more tame ones around and since they don't really exist, its just a fantasy so I view it as one of the least harmful fetishes around. If you guys want to see a really damn weird fetish look up inflation, apparently some people really try and do it to them-selfs.

Let's see...

I like anthropomorphic art (ART, not porn)
I tend to play "otherkin" races in ANY game where it's an option (I play Khaajit, argonian in Skyrim, I played "space goat", worgen in WoW.)
I do like to Cos-play (no different than Halloween, the one day when this is apparently acceptable), though I probably would stop at fake ears or a tail. I wouldn't go all out and get a whole suit.

Yes, I would consider myself a furry, and I have thought of going to conventions in the past, but I never have time to do so. And even I would be put off by the people in fursuits, but like any other fandom, it has a ton of normal people and a few nutcases. People tend to pay more attention to the nutcases when looking form the outside.

axlryder:
In my own unfortunately extensive experience with furries, they're a heavily socially-defective bunch. That wouldn't be so bad if a lot of them didn't possess an egotistical self-righteousness and pridefully perpetuate even their more socially abhorrent characteristics. The sexual aspect is awkward too. I get the feeling that furries are the by-product of a developmental abnormality. I've met about 2 or 3 "normal" furries in my life.

That said, I still enjoy some anthropomorphic art and characters, I just wish furries didn't draw such a negative association.

I can kind of understand why they seem to egotistical and self righteous, I mean they are probably the easiest whipping boy on the entire internet, even pedo's seem to get more respect then they do, a sense of pride tends to come from situations like that. "they just hate what I am and I'm better because I'm not one of them" kinda thing, if they were more accepted it probably wouldn't be there quite as bad.

I don't care what people like, that's their choice, as long as they don't bother me with it.

I think it's slightly weird that people have seen fit to make a fetish into a lifestyle. That said, it's really not hurting anyone, and what people do in their private lives is really none of my business. Live and let live, you know?

It is with fetishes like it is with religion. They can both be compared to a penis:

Its ok to have one, its ok to be proud of it. But dont whip it out in public and dont shove it down my kids throat.

There's way worse things I'd say.

Annoying fandom with annoying members that constantly shove their crap in our faces and then wonder why people hate furries.

Newsflash - not everyone likes watching cat-women with boobs... that's barely anthropomorphic.

Worgen:

axlryder:
In my own unfortunately extensive experience with furries, they're a heavily socially-defective bunch. That wouldn't be so bad if a lot of them didn't possess an egotistical self-righteousness and pridefully perpetuate even their more socially abhorrent characteristics. The sexual aspect is awkward too. I get the feeling that furries are the by-product of a developmental abnormality. I've met about 2 or 3 "normal" furries in my life.

That said, I still enjoy some anthropomorphic art and characters, I just wish furries didn't draw such a negative association.

I can kind of understand why they seem to egotistical and self righteous, I mean they are probably the easiest whipping boy on the entire internet, even pedo's seem to get more respect then they do, a sense of pride tends to come from situations like that. "they just hate what I am and I'm better because I'm not one of them" kinda thing, if they were more accepted it probably wouldn't be there quite as bad.

Yeah, I see where you're coming from. There's definitely a truth to that. The issue is that their attitude seems to only accentuate more obvious flaws. If more of them actually possessed basic social faculties, then I don't think their self righteousness and egotism would come off as quite so unwarranted. That said, I suppose it's always good to empathize with the plights of others.

What makes me laugh is when people try to justify what is essentially an obsession with references to popular culture such as Disney's Robin Hood, the Lion King, Ice age etc.

When each of those movies came out, I enjoyed them. Along with tons of other anthropomorphic childhood characters. I still think Robin Hood is a classic. But I didn't like them because they were talking animals, and I certainly didn't develop an obsession with the idea of talking animals being awesome.

Let's just be clear about this. Liking a film that had talking and/or expressive animals in it is not what makes someone a furry. The whole weird RPing and fursona side of it is what makes someone a furry.

And let's be perfectly honest... That's a bit weird.

[Clarification] Not judging, just pointing out the difference.

I'm sure some of the things I like would seem odd to some people.

I think people can do whatever they want with their free time. Here's one poorly thought out way of putting it that will likely get me into trouble: If someone is fapping to anthros, they aren't commiting acts of terrorism, are they?

Meh, I hang out with plenty of furries but I don't identify as one myself. Never had much issue with them. Folks who try and claim I must be a furry because I hang out with them tend to be ignored pretty quick.

I look at the tag furry as a self-identifier. if you say you're furry you are, if not you aren't.

Furries are getting more exposure thanks to shows like Nat. Geo's Taboo and the research by Nuka. They've been doing some cool stuff since it's actually vetted by an ethics committee so it's not just some goofy quiz site.

Trezu:

Furry fandom is a fandom for fictional anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics.

This is precisely the reason why I don't really like it very much. I can see the appeal (I like TMNT, Street Sharks, etc.) but now that I am older I need a bit more enrichment to stay entertained. I remember being excited when I heard there was a whole fandom for this kind of thing, then I got my hands on some of the comics and I died a little inside. Furrys are just people, there is no reason for them to be animals except some added comic relief. Why do they have to dress like people and act like them? That seems kind of boring to me. You created a wolf person/creature/thing and all you could think to make it do is complain about the hardships of gay life or go to collage!? ...REALLY!? What an extraordinary waste of imagination.
Some things surprise me, like Sergals. Sergals are frightening monsters that live on their own world and have their own weapons, cloths, personality and culture. See, that's the kind of thing I can appreciate. But I guess at that point they can't even be called furrys anymore, since they aren't generic animals given anthropomorphic attributes. They are a species all their own, like Turians or Gnolls.

The sex stuff doesn't bother me, it's in every nerd-centric fandom, and it's easy enough to avoid if you are trying. In my time on the internet I have seen exceptionally well drawn Turian porn and Xenomorph porn lol. You can't really judge or blame a whole fandom for having a sexual subculture when they all have one.

I like the art, and hopefully with enough practice ill be able to draw that well one day.

I agree with you about the eyes on fur-suiters just makes them seem rather untrustworthy.

I dont have any friends who would call themselves a furry and as such havent been to any conventions as i dont want to go on my own :(

oZode:

A plague on the human race because people whom are these beasts would rather think themselves animal than person. Identification to an animal that humans have thought of for traits to go with them sounds absurd, Humans are better than every animal on this planet anyways, why ever long to be anything else?

Well, contrary to what you (and furrys) may think, I am going to disagree with you as much as humanly possible. Furrys are quite possibly the most anthropocentric people on the planet. Their entire hobby is to take things that are clearly not human and make them as human as possible. In fact, aside from the people who design Star Trek aliens, I have never seen anyone who admires the human form and human behavior more then furrys do. Every disgusting, despicable and socially awkward behavior they might do in public can also be contributed to this, because when they do this they aren't acting like animals, they are acting like people being jackasses.

I'm fairly open minded I think... but I'm already horrified by anthropomorphic animal... so Furries terrify and perplex me greatly... especially the ones that are "in it for the art"... since the art is like 90% sexualized and generally super creepy though admittedly sometimes technically impressive...

but you know what's technically impressive and not super creepy?

A billion other traditional artists that fancy themselves as such...

But yeah don't have a problem with someone being a furry, they can do whatever the hell they want... just know that I think it's creepy and it makes me uncomfortable...<.<

But the fandom itself is pretty horrible... well from what I've been exposed to... they're so in your face about being a furry like it's the only thing they live for... always forcing it down your throat... and it's not like it's justified... the furries at my school act like great crusaders fighting the civil rights of all to look at weird porn, when it's completely unwarranted... since you know... we can already do that just fine... for the most part...

I don't really care one way or the other

I think my issue with it comes from the people who let their fandom define who they are, instead of having it be a part of who they are. If you spend all your time on furry chat boards, and you look to meet furries in real life because you only want to socialize with furries, and only look at furry art... you've let it go way too far.

Enjoying it is one thing, obsession is another.

Like let's, much to my fear of getting screamed at, equate it with gay people. Most gay people you can't tell are gay. I have several gay friends, I go out to lunch with a gay guy at work every day. Their sexuality is just part of who they are, because it is who they are.

The issue comes when someone throws on a fake lisp, wears rainbow everything, constantly prattles on about how much fun he had in the gay club last night, etc. It's annoying and it comes off as really fake to me. You're letting your sexuality define every facet of your life and I just see it as borderline harmful.

Different strokes for different folks. Personally I don't like it but that doesn't mean somebody else can't. Doesn't harm anyone or effect me so knock yourself out. Just live and let live really.

Not cool with the sex, I like some furry art though... emphasis on the word 'SOME'

Trezu:
-snipedy do dah, snipedy yay-

You are in the same boat I am. I like the artwork, but some people take it way to far.

I do often ponder how the world would be different if they were real. Would they be treated as equals? or would they be slaves? Would it be more like blacks in US during the 1950's? How would society treat mixed couples?

I just don't like the sex part. I'm not saying I can't understand, but a most of the time furries and sex can't help but touch.

It's a weird subject to be honest. I guess I feel some sort of resentment that a certain character was designed with furry attributes specifically in some part because someone would be sexually attracted to that.

I don't know if you've heard of Gold Digger. It's a great comic but I can never shake off the feeling that they didn't just introduce another were-something for the sake of fanservice.

Also, I think there's a line between human with animal attributes and animal with human attributes and around that line weird shit happens. You get animals acting in sexy ways or humans acting like they are mentally impaired, either way there is something uncanny and outright disturbing about that.

Also, there is too much bad furry porn on Internet. That is a fact. I think some degree of self-awareness is necessary and it isn't acceptable behaviour to share deformed MS Paint drawings of a centaur ass-fucking a female werewolf. Cut that shit out. Please.

EDIT: Also, MLP fans who draw pony porn. Damn you. Damn you to hell.

I'm cool with liking anthro stuff. However, I can't really get into the idea of actually role-playing as a furry (or as anything tbh). I'd rather keep fantasy and reality separate, though there's nothing wrong with expressing your fandom of things. I just don't personally see the need to cosplay or role-play the things I enjoy.

As a member of the fandom I admit I am quite fond of it...

Moo!

I've had a lot of experiences with furries (unfortunately, for the most part) so I've got a pretty decent opinion to offer here (but just an opinion, mind you).

Sure, there's a lot of furries that are very cool people. Sure, every nerdy fandom has a lot of awful porn drawn of it (seriously, try Mass Effect for example) and I still say the Anime-Weeaboo-Whatever subculture has that bit even worse than furries.

But

But in the large amount of time I have for reference, overall I'm going to say I despise and revile furries. Not all of them, but the overall. Extremely common problems I ran into were heavy insecurity, an inclination towards whiny, entitled, hypocritcal behavior. A lot of furries are very childish in all of the wrong ways. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for holding onto your childhood. But acting like a mature adult in an environment saturated with a mature adult theme should be a given. Come to think of it, I met a lot of very spiteful people too. Like a lot of nerdy cultures, yeah, but it seems more common.

There's definitely a sort of sexual deviancy going on in that, it seems like furries can never really let go of sex as a topic. At any given time I'd find that conversation would deviate from a normal topic into something like that, or goodness forbid someone's fetish (which furries are ALL TOO KEEN to share with you).

I don't see anything wrong with the characters myself. I don't like fursuits, but I don't see the big deal with them either (until they inject a nasty fetish into it).

In general these days I avoid them. I used to like furries, and they like a lot of the same things I do. But the problem is there's a line in the sand I draw in what I consider acceptable, and too many of them cross that.

Also, there are furries who will protect and hide someone who molests animals, even though I'd say the majority of them will go on a witch hunt to find someone like that. Some of the ones that have hidden these awful people have been known to have influence in the particular fandom. There's far too many child and animal molesters hiding in plain sight in the fandom for me to ever fully accept it.

This is a friendly reminder that this is all an opinion, and I speak purely from my own experiences with furries. If you disagree with what I'm presenting, look inward to the fandom for the reason I said it.

Edit: Furry Preachers will preach and preach the aspects and virtues of the fandom, but seriously folks even though it's true there are a lot of good aspects of it, it's not -all- sunshine and rainbows.

Furrys = bronies that are harder to single out and not as annoying, but still just as obnoxious and stupid.

axlryder:

Worgen:

axlryder:
In my own unfortunately extensive experience with furries, they're a heavily socially-defective bunch. That wouldn't be so bad if a lot of them didn't possess an egotistical self-righteousness and pridefully perpetuate even their more socially abhorrent characteristics. The sexual aspect is awkward too. I get the feeling that furries are the by-product of a developmental abnormality. I've met about 2 or 3 "normal" furries in my life.

That said, I still enjoy some anthropomorphic art and characters, I just wish furries didn't draw such a negative association.

I can kind of understand why they seem to egotistical and self righteous, I mean they are probably the easiest whipping boy on the entire internet, even pedo's seem to get more respect then they do, a sense of pride tends to come from situations like that. "they just hate what I am and I'm better because I'm not one of them" kinda thing, if they were more accepted it probably wouldn't be there quite as bad.

Yeah, I see where you're coming from. There's definitely a truth to that. The issue is that their attitude seems to only accentuate more obvious flaws. If more of them actually possessed basic social faculties, then I don't think their self righteousness and egotism would come off as quite so unwarranted. That said, I suppose it's always good to empathize with the plights of others.

I think judging any group by the actions of a portion of them is a mistake, but its also one of the hardest things to not do, I mean finding crazy examples of a group is easy since the crazy ones will loudly proclaim they are members, finding the saner members is harder since it means you have to actually find out if someone is a member of said group.

Worgen:

axlryder:

Worgen:

I can kind of understand why they seem to egotistical and self righteous, I mean they are probably the easiest whipping boy on the entire internet, even pedo's seem to get more respect then they do, a sense of pride tends to come from situations like that. "they just hate what I am and I'm better because I'm not one of them" kinda thing, if they were more accepted it probably wouldn't be there quite as bad.

Yeah, I see where you're coming from. There's definitely a truth to that. The issue is that their attitude seems to only accentuate more obvious flaws. If more of them actually possessed basic social faculties, then I don't think their self righteousness and egotism would come off as quite so unwarranted. That said, I suppose it's always good to empathize with the plights of others.

I think judging any group by the actions of a portion of them is a mistake, but its also one of the hardest things to not do, I mean finding crazy examples of a group is easy since the crazy ones will loudly proclaim they are members, finding the saner members is harder since it means you have to actually find out if someone is a member of said group.

3-4 years I think is a good way to get an approximation.

Worgen:

axlryder:

Worgen:

I can kind of understand why they seem to egotistical and self righteous, I mean they are probably the easiest whipping boy on the entire internet, even pedo's seem to get more respect then they do, a sense of pride tends to come from situations like that. "they just hate what I am and I'm better because I'm not one of them" kinda thing, if they were more accepted it probably wouldn't be there quite as bad.

Yeah, I see where you're coming from. There's definitely a truth to that. The issue is that their attitude seems to only accentuate more obvious flaws. If more of them actually possessed basic social faculties, then I don't think their self righteousness and egotism would come off as quite so unwarranted. That said, I suppose it's always good to empathize with the plights of others.

I think judging any group by the actions of a portion of them is a mistake, but its also one of the hardest things to not do, I mean finding crazy examples of a group is easy since the crazy ones will loudly proclaim they are members, finding the saner members is harder since it means you have to actually find out if someone is a member of said group.

I doubt it's just a small portion, it's almost definitely a large percentage if not the majority. As I said, I've met a LOT of furries. I'm not just referring to the loud, obvious furries either. Even the quieter ones or those who mostly stay within their own community. It all happened because I had this friend a couple years ago. I mostly befriended him because I felt sorry for him; he was a really weird dude. Awkward, selfish, obnoxious and practically no redeeming qualities. I tried my best to bring out the best in him, help him with his issues, but I ultimately just failed. Eventually he told me he was a furry. This is before I even knew what that was, and so I was genuinely curious. He made me friend all his friends on DA and made me get a fur affinity account. At first I tried to keep an open mind about the whole thing, but after branching out and meeting friends of friends and posting on the forums, the reality of the subculture became clear. Ultimately I met or interacted with a good 300-400 or so furries through forums, irc, DA, etc. They were almost all like clones of him with varying degrees of neurosis. Some hid it better than others. What I found odd is that so many of them had these same negative qualities that I mentioned earlier. Even my friend who had previously not even mentioned that he was a furry to anyone outside his own community. There were a few genuinely good ones in the bunch, but they were the vast minority. I'm sure that a lot of the better ones do stay away from sharing their interest (with forums like that why wouldn't you?), but I feel safe in saying they make up the minority. What's more, when judging a community, there's not much point in taking into account those who don't even seem to participate in said community. I'll admit to being a little biased, having had frustrating firsthand experience, but I don't think my position is all that ridiculous either. Though, I never really had to deal with the prosecution aspect firsthand (since I've never identified myself as a furry), so I'm sure many of them got a lot more shit than I did.

I haven't heard of anything about the furry fandom in months, maybe over a year. It looks like since the MLP craze, everyone seems to have forgotten about furries for ripping on or loving MLP. They're just like any other fetish now, they're just there.

axlryder:

Worgen:

axlryder:

Yeah, I see where you're coming from. There's definitely a truth to that. The issue is that their attitude seems to only accentuate more obvious flaws. If more of them actually possessed basic social faculties, then I don't think their self righteousness and egotism would come off as quite so unwarranted. That said, I suppose it's always good to empathize with the plights of others.

I think judging any group by the actions of a portion of them is a mistake, but its also one of the hardest things to not do, I mean finding crazy examples of a group is easy since the crazy ones will loudly proclaim they are members, finding the saner members is harder since it means you have to actually find out if someone is a member of said group.

I doubt it's just a small portion, it's almost definitely a large percentage if not the majority. As I said, I've met a LOT of furries. I'm not just referring to the loud, obvious furries either. Even the quieter ones or those who mostly stay within their own community. It all happened because I had this friend a couple years ago. I mostly befriended him because I felt sorry for him; he was a really weird dude. Awkward, selfish, obnoxious and practically no redeeming qualities. I tried my best to bring out the best in him, help him with his issues, but I ultimately just failed. Eventually he told me he was a furry. This is before I even knew what that was, and so I was genuinely curious. He made me friend all his friends on DA and made me get a fur affinity account. At first I tried to keep an open mind about the whole thing, but after branching out and meeting friends of friends and posting on the forums, the reality of the subculture became clear. Ultimately I met or interacted with a good 300-400 or so furries through forums, irc, DA, etc. They were almost all like clones of him with varying degrees of neurosis. Some hid it better than others. What I found odd is that so many of them had these same negative qualities that I mentioned earlier. Even my friend who had previously not even mentioned that he was a furry to anyone outside his own community. There were a few genuinely good ones in the bunch, but they were the vast minority. I'm sure that a lot of the better ones do stay away from sharing their interest (with forums like that why wouldn't you?), but I feel safe in saying they make up the minority. What's more, when judging a community, there's not much point in taking into account those who don't even seem to participate in said community. I'll admit to being a little biased, having had frustrating firsthand experience, but I don't think my position is all that ridiculous either. Though, I never really had to deal with the prosecution aspect firsthand (since I've never identified myself as a furry), so I'm sure many of them got a lot more shit than I did.

I still don't really buy it but then again I have never actually looked into furry beyond the art they draw and to understand what broad versions of them there are. If you find the art offensive then you probably shouldn't be on the internet anyway since there is much more fucked up stuff that ppl take pictures of.

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