The 'F' word. (No, not that one)

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That is right, I want to know your stance on the "F" word. Some people cringe at the mere mention of it, but I dare ask, what do you think about furries?

There seems to be a lot of hate and such going on with the furry community, and I am curious of broader, more open minded opinions on the subject and I figured that here is a good place to look for it.

I myself don't really have any quarrels or any such hostilities torwards the community and neither do most of my friends. In fact, one even does his own journalism reviews and interview on various stories and authors.

Who cares as long as nobody is getting hurt why should it matter. I may not be all that religious but there is something to when Jesus said "judge not lest ye be judged".

I remember when I was a kid I had a crush on Conker in Diddy Kong racing...and Miles Prower from Sonic.

Being attracted to anthropomorphic characters makes sense to me. They are designed in a way that stays true to all the attractive qualities of a human, while having an interesting twist to it. Being attracted to other worldly fantastical beings is similar to getting lost in a good book with a fantasy world that could never be real. Experiencing something different in fun and interesting.

I have no problems with it, and to judge someone on drawing anthropomorphic characters in a sexual way is silly. Being attracted to Elves, Vampires, Werewolves, to me is no different than anthropomorph attraction. I also don't see how people can say they would totally fuck the alien race, the Asari from Mass Effect, but laugh at anyone looking at erotic people with fur.

Lets just say that a few closed minded individuals automatically associate the term "furry" with bestiality, or at minimum with sexual content. The fact that a small but... obvious section of that population actually appear to deserve the association doesn't help beat that particular reputation back. I'm not going to judge that part of the furry category in any event.

Personally, I enjoy well done media that have the characteristics I enjoy. Whether the characters are anime, anthro, ferals, or actual humans doesn't really matter to me (ok, maybe I'm a little biased against anime)

If anything, anthropomorphic characters can add an interesting dynamic to a story. Human thoughts, feelings, and relationships have been explored and dramatized over and over and over again already. How these aspects change from the viewpoint of another species can be a very interesting concept, if it is done well and not just as a gimmick.

Rose and Thorn:
I remember when I was a kid I had a crush on Conker in Diddy Kong racing...and Miles Prower from Sonic.

Being attracted to anthropomorphic characters makes sense to me. They are designed in a way that stays true to all the attractive qualities of a human, while having an interesting twist to it. Being attracted to other worldly fantastical beings is similar to getting lost in a good book with a fantasy world that could never be real. Experiencing something different in fun and interesting.

I have no problems with it, and to judge someone on drawing anthropomorphic characters in a sexual way is silly. Being attracted to Elves, Vampires, Werewolves, to me is no different than anthropomorph attraction. I also don't see how people can say they would totally fuck the alien race, the Asari from Mass Effect, but laugh at anyone looking at erotic people with fur.

That is generally what I think of it as, but said far better then I could ever do so. XD
Can't say that I share the same kind of attraction though. Maybe I am just boring since I am only attracted to bland humans and not any anime characters, aliens, athropomorphic beings, or any other such things as well. We are who we are I suppose.

Eh, freaky but harmless. I'm happy to live and let live.

Just stay away from my cat. Mister Kittywhiskers don't swing that way.

NoOne852:
That is right, I want to know your stance on the "F" word. Some people cringe at the mere mention of it, but I dare ask, what do you think about furries?

There seems to be a lot of hate and such going on with the furry community, and I am curious of broader, more open minded opinions on the subject and I figured that here is a good place to look for it.

I myself don't really have any quarrels or any such hostilities torwards the community and neither do most of my friends. In fact, one even does his own journalism reviews and interview on various stories and authors.

I think that one of the biggest problems furries face is that the term can mean so many
very different things to different people.
Whatever you take it to mean it's like aba1 said--not my place to judge.

Look, I don't mind girls with cat ears or the occasional tail or whatever, that's fine. But once they get to the point of just plain old animals standing upright, that becomes a bestiality fetish in my eyes, and it's just freaky weirdo stuff. There are plenty of otherwise normal people out there with a freaky weirdo fetish or two, and there's nothing wrong with that, but don't ever make it public because then you're no longer normal, you're just a freaky weirdo.

I personally don't have a major opinion on the matter, one way or the other.

However, I can tell you that the city of Pittsburgh allows a convention to take place within its limits, meaning that they like their money, at least.

I couldn't give two fucks about whether a person is a furry or not. Way I look at it, if its two consenting adults doing the nasty then its ok by me. If its a dude drawing animals with human traits to shake his rocks to, doesn't matter either. It doesn't affect me at all.

Well...it's been very vaguely defined.

I mean...are werewolves furries? They should fit the definition, and they are very popular.

Likewise...mermaids? Snake monsters?

These are staples of fantasy and sci-fi, and have been for ages.

Is Batman a furry?

Are Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears furries or ex-furries...they used to be mouseketeers, didn't they?

Fans of one or more of those would comprise a massive slab of the world's population.

eh, I made out with a furry at a party once. Furries are pretty good.

Zhukov:
Eh, freaky but harmless. I'm happy to live and let live.

Just stay away from my cat. Mister Kittywhiskers don't swing that way.

Lost In The Void:
I couldn't give two fucks about whether a person is a furry or not. Way I look at it, if its two consenting adults doing the nasty then its ok by me. If its a dude drawing animals with human traits to shake his rocks to, doesn't matter either. It doesn't affect me at all.

It is still not fair to them, that everybody thinks these furries always sexualize those critters. Do you also think every person who really likes cats or dogs actually wants to have sex with their pets?
Of course there are people who are sexually into this, i mean the web provides enough material on the subject - but you can't conclude of this material that sexual desire is the status quo.

For me that's like looking at all the porn on the net and then say: Yep, that is what everyone who looks porn wants to do. Errrh?

I don't enjoy it myself but I am fine with others enjoying it. I mean, people might target my fetishes and deviant ways if they didn't have furries to pick on.

Is it hurting anyone? No? Then its fine in my book

I thought we were gunna talk about cooking...

Furries are pretty cool, nothing wrong with em. Heck everyone was a furry back in the day Warner Bros made cartoons. Bugs bunny, Taz the tasmanian devil, daffy duck, they were everywhere! and noone got up in arms about it!

Whatever floats your boat, I guess.

But the overly dramatic furry art - like the one from the thumbnail of that video you posted - I just find really fucking silly. There's plenty of humanoid animal characters that I love, like Bugs Bunny, Gromit, etc. But when something is designed as an animal just for the sake of it being a sexy wolf dude with a stern gaze, I'm out. And unfortunately, that shit is what at least half of DeviantART is comprised of.

Furries are not all about sex, quite a few people assume that's all it is.
From an art standpoint giving a human animal characteristics can have a certain aesthetic appeal. Humans are a bunch of boring looking hairless apes. If you give them wings, tails, horns, cat ears, ext, it makes the them more interesting.

Furries are also a good way to sell a movie to children (see many Disney films) if my five year old nephew is anything to go by, he thinks normal people are boring unless they have super powers.
Making them animals with enough human characteristics to be recognizable as faintly human may keep more kids interested in a film than straight up humans would. He's also only interested in How to Train your Dragon, when the dragons are on screen. He couldn't care less about Hiccup and his buddies.

Also the definition of "furry" is vague. If we look at it as "A person with animal characteristics" than we must also
throw in mythological creatures such as Minotaur, Naga, Mermaids, Werewolves, Egyptian gods...

There are also people who identify strongly with, or really like certain animals. What about people who decorate their home in images of wolves, or own three cats, or own a few snakes, like the mythological tales of the Kitsune, go bird watching? Are these people considered furries? Are Batman and Catwomen furries?

As for the people who are into the sex aspect, they can do what they want, as long as no one is getting hurt, I don't care.

I think the non sexual art is stupid looking, and the sexual art and activities are disgusting.

Keep them away from me and we'll have no problems.

I think it gives some characters a certain ferocious or savage edge, too bad that straight-faced fantasy or adventure comics are hard to find because of the stigma surrounding these character designs.

It does irk me though, that people simply do not differentiate between that and the sexual stuff, despite knowing better, especially since they're often cool with manga/anime designs and not link these to hentai immediately.

I simply don't get it either, that people can get so defensive about it too, as if looking at the stuff makes you lose your sanity in a Lovecraft-y style.

Until joining the escapist, I thought furries were just people who had orgies while wearing animal costumes. Now I know the orgies are optional. So I guess I'm okay with it.

I find animal characters cute, but the people in the costumes to be quite weird.
However, i am not ticked off by the fact that some people are turned on by that stuff.

Being one myself i have hit a lot of hate yeah and most of the time people think its odd or think its just for the sex, if you just talk to us i think you will understand we do not want to rape your cat or do anything to it we want to be happy doing what makes us happy so why don't you leave us be?

Yes there is some fucked up stuff with SOME furrys but like some people are murders does not mean all people are

Jack the Potato:
Look, I don't mind girls with cat ears or the occasional tail or whatever, that's fine. But once they get to the point of just plain old animals standing upright, that becomes a bestiality fetish in my eyes, and it's just freaky weirdo stuff. There are plenty of otherwise normal people out there with a freaky weirdo fetish or two, and there's nothing wrong with that, but don't ever make it public because then you're no longer normal, you're just a freaky weirdo.

As far as I'm aware from furry friends, saying you're one has nothing to do with sexuality, just a natural kinship to animals, and maybe wishig they were one. The sexual thing is a common misconception that can annoy many of them, but obviously it can spill over into that. So yes, some may be disturbing to be open about if it's in a sexual way, but the majority aren't even thinking of that.

thaluikhain:
Is Batman a furry?

My skype message literally just says "Batman's a furry". I've never changed it.

NoOne852:
That is right, I want to know your stance on the "F" word. Some people cringe at the mere mention of it, but I dare ask, what do you think about furries?

There seems to be a lot of hate and such going on with the furry community, and I am curious of broader, more open minded opinions on the subject and I figured that here is a good place to look for it.

I used to enjoy furries more than I currently do. Part of it was the community - they can be a bit... intense. Not so much the furry fans I've met here on the Escapist, but in furry-centric parts of the internet it can... well, vocal minority and all that.

Still, I've often enjoyed the genre. I actually have a number of old Sonic the Hedgehog comics in a box somewhere (the old ones, I mean - pre-issue 50), and I have the DVD set of the good Sonic cartoon - the one with Princess Sally.

I personally think its as weird as fuck. But so long as it doesnt envolve me in some way, I dont really care.

That one episode of CSI where they investigate the furries; that was one hell of a thing to watch and laugh at. It's like every extreme taken to the absolute max point, and it was hilarious.

On topic, who cares, people like different things.

Though I will admit that Lola Bunny has a great ass.

One thing that annoys me is the vast range of meanings that furry can have. Ranging from stupidly vague to neurotically specific.

Secondly, I also dislike the look of anthropomorphic creatures. Especially the more human looking ones. They just look creepy to me.

As for the subsection that believes they're animals... Well that's about as likely as me secretly being an eldritch abomination.
Which although sadly untrue. Would be cool.

I don't really care what other people do or identify as. I think it's a dick move to hate someone for being a furry. They're human, and therefore there are probably a thousand legit reasons to hate them.

To be honest I still know very little about it, and peoples definitions seem to vary greatly.

Generally speaking I look at it like most fandoms I am not a part of, I just don't tend to even think about it unless it gets brought up in conversation.

I've heard most Europeans prefer "furry".

Eclipse Dragon:
Furries are not all about sex, quite a few people assume that's all it is.
From an art standpoint giving a human animal characteristics can have a certain aesthetic appeal. Humans are a bunch of boring looking hairless apes. If you give them wings, tails, horns, cat ears, ext, it makes the them more interesting.

Furries are also a good way to sell a movie to children (see many Disney films) if my five year old nephew is anything to go by, he thinks normal people are boring unless they have super powers.
Making them animals with enough human characteristics to be recognizable as faintly human may keep more kids interested in a film than straight up humans would. He's also only interested in How to Train your Dragon, when the dragons are on screen. He couldn't care less about Hiccup and his buddies.

Also the definition of "furry" is vague. If we look at it as "A person with animal characteristics" than we must also
throw in mythological creatures such as Minotaur, Naga, Mermaids, Werewolves, Egyptian gods...

There are also people who identify strongly with, or really like certain animals. What about people who decorate their home in images of wolves, or own three cats, or own a few snakes, like the mythological tales of the Kitsune, go bird watching? Are these people considered furries? Are Batman and Catwomen furries?

As for the people who are into the sex aspect, they can do what they want, as long as no one is getting hurt, I don't care.

I don't think anyone would argue against cartoon animal characters or those in mythology.

Having an animal character in a cartoon is more appealing to kids, because kids simply like animals. But it also makes the characters instantly recognizable and gives them more variety; Bugs is the only bunny in Looney Tunes and Daffy is the only duck. Same thing with Disney.

And with mythology it's all about our admiration of the strength and beauty of the natural world. And it also plays around with how nature might be linked to us, and what aspects of humanity are similar to those of nature. But also the freedom of being released from society's laws, and simply become a wild beast. It might very well be this train of thought that spawned superheroes like Batman and Wolverine.

But when I see shirtless wolfmen or comics were every character is a dog for no other reason than that they're dogs, without even any interesting dog-like quirks or characteristics, that's when a red flag pops up.

Casual Shinji:

Eclipse Dragon:
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But when I see shirtless wolfmen or comics were every character is a dog for no other reason than that they're dogs, without even any interesting dog-like quirks or characteristics, that's when a red flag pops up.

Do you have an example?

dont care. just gives me a reason to laugh.
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he looks more like scooby doo than amaterasu.

Well, I certainly wouldn't do it, but each to their own. No harm, but I just like a nice naked lady to put my penis in.

I think a lot of the hostility comes from the misinformed that don't see the distinction between furries and bestiality, presumably also not understanding the difference between eating meat and cannibalism, or something else totally hyperbolic that I'll probably edit in later.

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