Why I Love Furries

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Why I Love Furries

Furry costumes are some of the most impressive, elaborate, and huggable costumes you'll see at a convention.

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Furries are probably mocked because they're one of the last social groups it's considered somewhat acceptable to make fun of. At conventions, most people in a photograph are going to look happy anyway, but I get the impression that there's a very warm, fuzzy atmosphere in all senses of the term. And the effort that they put into making a suit by hand displays a level of skill and dedication that I can't boast of having.

Honestly, the amount of effort that goes into some of the higher quality fursuits is kinda insane.

Whilst it's never been something for me (Then again nor is any cosplay.) I do have to appreciate the craftsmanship and effort that goes into such things.

Well said! Of course, fursuiting is itself just one segment of the overall fandom, though easily the most visible.

I remember seeing all the hate furries got on 4chan, which was weird since channers seemed to love anime cat girls and monster girls but if it was a little less human or a little too human then they started foaming at the mouth.

Thanks for the words! Last year I went to an anime convention, saw one guy in a full Feraligatr suit. Hands down the best cosplay at the event.

Barbas:
Furries are probably mocked because they're one of the last social groups it's considered somewhat acceptable to make fun of.

It's the sexual aspect of the furry culture that squicks people out. While I realize that subset doesn't represent the furry thing as a whole, they've been visible enough to taint the entire group to those who don't know better or don't care to investigate further.

Fursuit furries creep me the hell out, but then so do people dressed up as themepark mascots.

Rico:
It's the sexual aspect of the furry culture that squicks people out. While I realize that subset doesn't represent the furry thing as a whole, they've been visible enough to taint the entire group to those who don't know better or don't care to investigate further.

Well, sure, but are they anywhere near as bad as cloppers?

Glad to see some positive coverage of one of my favorite fandoms popping up! As someone above pointed out fursuiting is only one aspect of the fandom, but its definitely a big part of it.

Thanks for the positivity! Its refreshing.

furry here, can confirm we eat dog food and only sometimes get fleas

jk tho, we have our alright bunches and not-so-alright bunches just like everyone else lmao

While I don't really have anything against furries as a whole, the biggest problem I've personally experienced is that many of them have this bizarre and contradictory need for validation.

Firstly, they try to claim that anything even remotely associated with their fandom is somehow automatically a part of the fandom.
"Oh, you like cartoon animals and Disney movies? Well that means you're a furry too!"
No, that is now how it works! You are only a furry if you want to be, just like with any other fanbase. A lot of people, myself included, like anthropomorphic animals but have no interest in the furry fandom whatsoever. You can like something without having to be in some tangentially related fandom. Furries do not own the concept of anthropomorphism.

Secondly, these same kind of furries get really bent out of shape when their hobby is given even the tiniest bit of criticism. They claim that they're just having fun and don't care about any hate they get, yet then go out of their way just to defend themselves on any dissenting opinion. It's like they know it's weird, but they just can't accept it. It's a strange, conflicting, and yet desperate struggle for validation. It's rather pathetic, really.

Furries are weird, and that's okay. All fandoms are weird, honestly. The problem is when people make a fandom more about mob mentality and less about actually enjoying their hobby. That's why I don't subscribe to any fandom. Forget the labels, just like the things you like. Why do you have to assimilate everyone like the Borg? If someone doesn't want to be a furry then they're not a furry! Just leave it at that. They have their thing and you have yours.

But most of all, they really just need to come to terms with the fact that they will never be universally accepted. Your hobby is weird, and that is totally fine. Everybody has a hobby that others might think is weird. Just own it, for goodness sake!

Casual Shinji:
Fursuit furries creep me the hell out, but then so do people dressed up as themepark mascots.

They don't quite creep me out that much, but I have similar feelings towards both categories.

On the subject of fursuits, mandatory link for some of the best of the best: www.clockworkcreature.com/gallery/

Dear Furries,

My soul is mine and mine alone. Please stop trying to take it with your dead, expressionless eyes.

Jokingly yours,
Raiku

Well that was a pleasant read, nice article! :)

Personally, furry-ness (furrie-ness? Collective Fur Council?) is not my cup of tea. Personal preferences aside, it is nice to read an article about someone's experiences with a more positive outlook on the subject matter. It seems like furries get shit on just for existing, which seems rather senseless and sad.

You found something you love, another aspect of your identity with an avenue and a community for the purposes of self-expression and acceptance --- that's awesome in my book. :D

My friend's wife is a fantastic crafter of fursuits and actually made (and wore) the Mewtwo suit that was declared "The greatest Mewtwo cosplay ever" on Escapist a couple months ago. The effort that goes into some of these suits is undeniably astounding and it's really a craft you have to admire at least from a technical standpoint.

Really I've never met a nicer bunch of people. Yeah, there are jerks that do things like tell me I charge too much for my artwork or try to get free work all the time but that's true of any fandom.

I always make it a point to hug each individual fursuiter at least ONCE at any event I go to.
This may seem like an act of friendship and acceptance, were it not for the fact that I wear reenactment medieval plate armour to most of these events...

No, of course I don't damage their suits, that'd be horrible. :P

Worgen:
I remember seeing all the hate furries got on 4chan, which was weird since channers seemed to love anime cat girls and monster girls but if it was a little less human or a little too human then they started foaming at the mouth.

Channers needed somebody they could point to and say "we may be the absolute scum of humanity, but at least we're not them!".

Eh, fursuiting is way too strange for my tastes, and I'm a pretty strange person as it is. Especially when it involves any kind of roleplaying or strange vocalizations ... the second hand cringe is real!

Alex V.Sharp:
On the subject of fursuits, mandatory link for some of the best of the best: www.clockworkcreature.com/gallery/

Those are pretty cool as far as fursuits go. While I certainly wouldn't want to own or wear one, I can appreciate the more realistic designs from an artistic stand point, rather than the generic cartoony design that everyone seems to just give a hideous palette swap with no regard for basic color theory.

Barbas:

Rico:
It's the sexual aspect of the furry culture that squicks people out. While I realize that subset doesn't represent the furry thing as a whole, they've been visible enough to taint the entire group to those who don't know better or don't care to investigate further.

Well, sure, but are they anywhere near as bad as cloppers?

I wish that I hadn't looked this up. I have no problem with people enjoying a show meant for a younger audience, but sexualizing ponies seems a bit much.

The Rogue Wolf:

Worgen:
I remember seeing all the hate furries got on 4chan, which was weird since channers seemed to love anime cat girls and monster girls but if it was a little less human or a little too human then they started foaming at the mouth.

Channers needed somebody they could point to and say "we may be the absolute scum of humanity, but at least we're not them!".

Yeah,one thing i find ironic is how other fandoms have sexy stuff but they don't get called out on it,but furry gets called out on it. Like Star Trek Has Kirk/Picard romance stories,anime has rule 34,star wars and LOTR has some people who draw sexy art,but not all of them do that,yet furry gets hate and when i say not all furry artists do that,they disregard what i say. Hopefully one day furry will get the same respect that other fandoms have. I know some furry artists who won't do any adult art.

Liana Kerzner:
clown porn

What.
Where?

Its the endless smiles... Mind you, that's part of the creep factor of FNAF so whatever.

As people? Never really run into that many I would describe as 'unappealing individuals'. Never met a furry who really pushed being a furry onto others. Heck, some of the art that isn't porn is pretty good.

*shrugs*

Keep doing your thing and being responsible, happy adults. Oh and don't let the Furry Force videos make you angry. ;)

axelthefox:

The Rogue Wolf:

Worgen:
I remember seeing all the hate furries got on 4chan, which was weird since channers seemed to love anime cat girls and monster girls but if it was a little less human or a little too human then they started foaming at the mouth.

Channers needed somebody they could point to and say "we may be the absolute scum of humanity, but at least we're not them!".

Yeah,one thing i find ironic is how other fandoms have sexy stuff but they don't get called out on it,but furry gets called out on it. Like Star Trek Has Kirk/Picard romance stories,anime has rule 34,star wars and LOTR has some people who draw sexy art,but not all of them do that,yet furry gets hate and when i say not all furry artists do that,they disregard what i say. Hopefully one day furry will get the same respect that other fandoms have. I know some furry artists who won't do any adult art.

Oh there's so much more than that. Anime has tentacle hentai. D&D and fantasy has girls in Chainmail Bikinis and somehow it's more protective than plate mail. Video Games have Dead or Alive: Extreme Bouncing Boobs. Comics have superheroines wearing skintight spandex showing off everything. Even if it's not blatantly obvious sex stuff, it's still there.

axelthefox:

The Rogue Wolf:

Worgen:
I remember seeing all the hate furries got on 4chan, which was weird since channers seemed to love anime cat girls and monster girls but if it was a little less human or a little too human then they started foaming at the mouth.

Channers needed somebody they could point to and say "we may be the absolute scum of humanity, but at least we're not them!".

Yeah,one thing i find ironic is how other fandoms have sexy stuff but they don't get called out on it,but furry gets called out on it. Like Star Trek Has Kirk/Picard romance stories,anime has rule 34,star wars and LOTR has some people who draw sexy art,but not all of them do that,yet furry gets hate and when i say not all furry artists do that,they disregard what i say. Hopefully one day furry will get the same respect that other fandoms have. I know some furry artists who won't do any adult art.

Chessrook44:

axelthefox:

The Rogue Wolf:

Channers needed somebody they could point to and say "we may be the absolute scum of humanity, but at least we're not them!".

Yeah,one thing i find ironic is how other fandoms have sexy stuff but they don't get called out on it,but furry gets called out on it. Like Star Trek Has Kirk/Picard romance stories,anime has rule 34,star wars and LOTR has some people who draw sexy art,but not all of them do that,yet furry gets hate and when i say not all furry artists do that,they disregard what i say. Hopefully one day furry will get the same respect that other fandoms have. I know some furry artists who won't do any adult art.

Oh there's so much more than that. Anime has tentacle hentai. D&D and fantasy has girls in Chainmail Bikinis and somehow it's more protective than plate mail. Video Games have Dead or Alive: Extreme Bouncing Boobs. Comics have superheroines wearing skintight spandex showing off everything. Even if it's not blatantly obvious sex stuff, it's still there.

It's probably because the sexual elements, while present in pretty much any fandom, are a larger aspect of the furry fandom. I know I'll piss people off by saying that, but it's true.
It also doesn't help that the idea of sexualized anthros is far more confusing to people than the idea of a sexualized Princess Peach. It reminds people too much of bestiality, and I can somewhat understand why people would get that impression, even if there are good reasons why it isn't true.

Also, to be fair, while anime doesn't get as much stigma for this type of thing, in the same way the furry fandom gets associated with zoophilia, anime does often get associated with pedophilia due to the presence of loli and the generally young looking aesthetic present in characters who are even supposed to be adults.

Chessrook44:

axelthefox:

The Rogue Wolf:

Channers needed somebody they could point to and say "we may be the absolute scum of humanity, but at least we're not them!".

Yeah,one thing i find ironic is how other fandoms have sexy stuff but they don't get called out on it,but furry gets called out on it. Like Star Trek Has Kirk/Picard romance stories,anime has rule 34,star wars and LOTR has some people who draw sexy art,but not all of them do that,yet furry gets hate and when i say not all furry artists do that,they disregard what i say. Hopefully one day furry will get the same respect that other fandoms have. I know some furry artists who won't do any adult art.

Oh there's so much more than that. Anime has tentacle hentai. D&D and fantasy has girls in Chainmail Bikinis and somehow it's more protective than plate mail. Video Games have Dead or Alive: Extreme Bouncing Boobs. Comics have superheroines wearing skintight spandex showing off everything. Even if it's not blatantly obvious sex stuff, it's still there.

Yup. I have seen some artwork by Clyde Caldwell and at a con a panelist was mentioning superhero outfits for women being sexualised.

I even remember when people thought all anime was tentacle pr0n.

they remind me way to much of mascots in that i have an overwhelming urge to crash tackle them

Worgen:
I remember seeing all the hate furries got on 4chan, which was weird since channers seemed to love anime cat girls and monster girls but if it was a little less human or a little too human then they started foaming at the mouth.

We are quite picky about the animal to human ratio. And the face. Because we are romantics and value proper kissing.

I don't see where all the hate comes from, but then I've gotten depressingly used to people hating others for the slightest thing about them that isn't that person's specific definition of 'normal'.

Besides, I'm a catgirl, so why would I have a go at furries when I inhabit the borderline territory myself? XD

...admittedly my biggest problems with furries have usually come from poor experiences in regards to individuals/small groups trying to force their ways into LGBT+ areas and sexualizing non-sexual spaces. Furrydom is probably a fetish (it feels like it falls on a spectrum, in that some people seem to be furries without making it sexual), and while I'm fine for discussing it in the appropriate spaces/contexts, it's when it's being forced where it's not appropriate that I don't play ball with.

If the man in the leather suit and chains can't do it, neither can the man in the exquisitely crafted dog suit. or the dude with a cactus up his ass. Look, I've seen some shit, ok?

Outside those few unpleasant interactions, Furries have been an alright group to interact with. It's a lot of dedication to make those fursuits, and they are pretty impressive to look at. Shout out to the Australian furries who have an annual meet-up during Summer, and those few mad bastards who rock the full suit in 45 degree (Celsius) heat. Man, those things must breathe good.

RedDeadFred:

Barbas:

Rico:
It's the sexual aspect of the furry culture that squicks people out. While I realize that subset doesn't represent the furry thing as a whole, they've been visible enough to taint the entire group to those who don't know better or don't care to investigate further.

Well, sure, but are they anywhere near as bad as cloppers?

I wish that I hadn't looked this up. I have no problem with people enjoying a show meant for a younger audience, but sexualizing ponies seems a bit much.

C'mon, who doesn't enjoy a R63 Stockholm syndrome rape and overeating fantasy? It's all out there, all ready for corruption. One of the main reasons for its apparent prevalence is that the guy who owns Fimfiction is a pervert himself and completely fine with the dastardly content on his site.

Wrex Brogan:
Shout out to the Australian furries who have an annual meet-up during Summer, and those few mad bastards who rock the full suit in 45 degree (Celsius) heat. Man, those things must breathe good.

Comment towards that, the biggest furry convention in the world, Anthrocon, happens up in Pittsburgh during some of the hottest times of the year... Fourth of July weekend this year, but around a similar time (early July) every year. And yes, then you have people walking around in those outfits in the heat of July in a convention hall packed with thousands. I remember when I spoke to a friend at the con in 2009, they were upset they couldn't wear their suit because they couldn't get the fan in the muzzle to work right.

Seriously, from what I've heard cooling systems need to be integrated into it in some cases, and even then a person can only wear it a couple hours at most before needing to find the nearest "Headless Room" in order to take off part of the costume, sit down, and cool off so they don't pass out from dangerously overheating.

For the record though, while I do consider myself part of the Furry Fandom, I don't suit. Nor do I consider it a fetish or find it a sexual thing. Hell my own libido's two steps from the grave, barely over the fence between straight and Aesexual. I tend to consider a furry to be "Someone with an interest in Anthropomorphic Animals", which does include the sexual arousal part, but isn't limited to it. We do exist, it's just thanks to the internet we don't get a voice out there much.

CrystalShadow:
I don't see where all the hate comes from, but then I've gotten depressingly used to people hating others for the slightest thing about them that isn't that person's specific definition of 'normal'.

Besides, I'm a catgirl, so why would I have a go at furries when I inhabit the borderline territory myself? XD

I guess the only thing keeping you from being a furry is considering yourself as part of the group.

Personally I haven't got an issue with furries but (as far as I am aware) I haven't met anyone from the group either. In recent years I have been interested in checking for a local group if one exists (being in Australia it's not always easy to find fan groups) even if just to see what the fuss is about and probably make some friends. I have seen some amazing costumes at Animania, Supernova etc.

RicoADF:

CrystalShadow:
I don't see where all the hate comes from, but then I've gotten depressingly used to people hating others for the slightest thing about them that isn't that person's specific definition of 'normal'.

Besides, I'm a catgirl, so why would I have a go at furries when I inhabit the borderline territory myself? XD

I guess the only thing keeping you from being a furry is considering yourself as part of the group.

Personally I haven't got an issue with furries but (as far as I am aware) I haven't met anyone from the group either. In recent years I have been interested in checking for a local group if one exists (being in Australia it's not always easy to find fan groups) even if just to see what the fuss is about and probably make some friends. I have seen some amazing costumes at Animania, Supernova etc.

Well, Yeah, I don't really consider myself part of the group.
But then I'm also just not very sociable in general, so I likely wouldn't go to many gatherings even if I knew of any.

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