When people ask what I do for a living, I tell them that, among other things, I study furries. Usually, their reactions fall into one of three categories:
a) Positive recognition: “Oh yeah, I know about furries! They’re really cool! I loved The Lion King!” It’s always nice to hear this.
b) Confusion: “Wait… what the heck is a furry?” An understandable response – many people have never heard the term “furry”, and I can’t fault them for it since it’s likely irrelevant to their interests.
c) Negative recognition: “Ugh, furries… Yeah, I’ve heard about those freaks… “
This article is targeted toward the last category of responses, as it’s often the case that people who hold these beliefs base them on misconceptions derived from inaccurate media representations of furries. A startling number of people base their entire understanding of the furry fandom on a 7-year old episode of The Tyra Banks Show, a 15-year old article in Vanity Fair, or a 13-year old episode of CSI. And, in some respects, I can’t really blame them: if you don’t personally know a furry, or have any reason to look further into the subject, it’s tempting to believe that any information seems better than no information. On these grounds, my hope is that a lot of well-validated data on furries will overturn a lot of these flimsy, largely unsubstantiated misconceptions.
Let’s start with the basics: What is a furry? A furry is a fan, just like any other fan. There are fans of pretty much anything: sports, music groups, television shows, celebrities, science fiction, model trains... the list goes on. So, what exactly are furries fans of? Anthropomorphic animals – a fancy term meaning “animals with human traits”. Examples of anthropomorphic animals abound in our culture: Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny are famous examples of such animals, walking and talking like humans. Other examples range from classic stories (Charlotte’s Web, Redwall, Watership Down) to sports mascots (the Toronto Raptor, Benny the Bull of the Chicago Bulls). So, in the same way science fiction fans like stories and artwork that feature science-fiction themes, furries are people who like stories and artwork that feature anthropomorphic characters.
Despite being as simple as “fans of walking, talking animals”, a number of misconceptions exist about furries.
1.“Furries are people who think they’re animals.”
Popular media often struggles when it comes to defining what furries actually are, because anthropomorphic animals are a somewhat unusual thing to be a fan of. Moreover, when you’ve only got a 2-minute segment in a news program or a 300-word article limit, it can be unappealing to spend half of your time explaining what a word like “anthropomorphic” actually means. Instead, people often opt for a simpler, if inaccurate definition of furries as people who wish they were animals, or who actually think they’re animals.
This misconception is largely based on a conflation of the terms “liking”, “longing for”, and “identifying as”. After all, there can often be a correlation between the two: a person may be a football fan because they, themselves, played football in high school. But it doesn’t take long for the absurdity of this equation to become apparent: are Star Wars fans defined as people who believe they are Jedi? Are Harry Potter fans people who believe they are wizards? To be sure, these people may find it fun to entertain fantasies about being a Jedi or being a wizard, but it’s a far cry from saying that their interest is defined by such fantasies. They are, first and foremost, fans of particular content, and that’s exactly what furries are.
That said, there is a group of people who self-identify with animals – that is, they believe that they possess the mind or spirit of a non-human animal “trapped” in a human body. The term for this group is not “furry”, however: they call themselves “therians”. And while 15% of furries would also consider themselves to be therian, the majority of furries do not, and most therians would not consider themselves to be furries.
2.“Furries are people who wear costumes / suits.”
One of the most visually distinct elements of the furry fandom is the fursuit: a mascot-style suit which can be worn by a person to make them resemble an anthropomorphic animal character. Most media portrayals of furries feature fursuits because they’re often vibrant, eye-catching, and unusual. They visually encapsulate what many people assume a furry ought to look like, based on the definition.
There’s just one problem: fewer than 20% of furries actually own a fursuit.
Again, it’s illustrative to compare furries to other fan cultures. If I were writing a story on Star Wars fans, the first thing I would do is find a picture of fans dressed in robes wielding plastic lightsabers. If I were doing a piece on football fans, I would find pictures of cheering people who were wearing jerseys and who had painted their faces in their team’s colors. Such images epitomize visual elements of their respective fandoms, but it would be inaccurate to define football fans as “people who wear jerseys and paint their faces”, because this is only one of hundreds of ways a person’s interest in football could manifest itself: some fans collect memorabilia, some buy season tickets and attend every game, some participate in fantasy football leagues, and some casually watch a game every Sunday night with their family.
Similarly, a minority of furries manifest their interest by dressing up as their own anthropomorphic character (known in the fandom as a “fursona”). But most show their interest by viewing, commissioning, or creating furry-themed artwork, stories, music, and games. Chances are you’ve walked right past a furry on the street or sat next to one on the bus and had no idea, because, like most fans, their interests lay primarily in the production or consumption of media content, not in playing dress-up. And, even when it does involve dressing up, it’s usually reserved for conventions or other fan gatherings, not day-to-day life. But a picture of average-looking people holding books or pictures from their favorite artists isn’t as eye-catching as a person dressed up in a six-foot tall fuzzy blue cat suit that cost a thousand dollars.
3.“Furries are people with a fetish.”
People have an innate desire to understand the world around them. When we see something we don’t understand, we naturally try to explain it. And, when it comes to really unusual human behavior, we often fall back on one of two explanations: “it’s a sex thing” or “they’re crazy”.
Given that most people find it unusual to be interested in anthropomorphic animals, they assume that those who are must have some weird kink or fetish. After all, why would a person go to all the effort of wearing a big fuzzy suit if they weren’t getting some sexual gratification out of it? Or why would an adult possibly like stories about walking, talking animals – something kids generally like – if they weren’t tremendous perverts?
It’s informative to ask similar questions about equally unusual hobbies, like model train collecting. Do people who spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars building and collecting model trains do it because they get some sick, perverse pleasure out of doing so? Is it solely for sexual gratification?
Clearly, the argument is an absurd one. But, to be fair, it’s not completely unfounded. After all, furry pornography does exist. However, it’s important to keep two points in mind: fandom-related pornography is not unique to the furry fandom, nor is it a defining feature of the furry fandom. Let me explain.
People are fans of things, and they like sex. As such, people combine their natural fan interests with their sex drives all the time. If you like cars, then you’ll probably enjoy pictures of beautiful-looking, rare or exotic cars. And what’s better than a picture of an awesome-looking car? An awesome-looking car with an attractive model draped across it! What’s better than a football game? A football game with attractive-looking cheerleaders! What’s better than a video game? A video game featuring attractive-looking characters! In all of these cases, we can acknowledge that fans have a naturally-occurring sex drive without assuming that they have a “car/football/video game” fetish, and the same thing goes with furries. If people are fans of something, there will also likely be artwork / stories that infuse sexuality into that fan content, regardless of what it is.
And while pornography is present in all of the fandoms mentioned above, no one would define these fans on the basis of pornography. Video game fans are not defined as “people who are sexually attracted to video game characters”, football fans are not defined as (but may be) “people sexually attracted to cheerleaders”, and car aficionados are not “people who are sexually attracted to cars”. In the same vein, while furry-themed pornography exists, it is not the case that furries are “people with an animal/fursuit fetish”, especially when the data show that furries report “community” and “belongingness” as the biggest draws of the furry fandom, and when fewer than 5% of furries say that sex/pornography is the biggest draw of the furry fandom – something you would not expect if the furry fandom were a fetish.
4.Furries are delusional / dysfunctional people.
If unusual behavior cannot be written off as “a sex thing”, people may turn to a different argument: “they’re just crazy”. To this end, I’m often asked whether furries are delusional or suffer from some form of psychological dysfunction. Despite the prevalence of this belief, the data suggest otherwise: studies of furries suggest that they are no more likely than the average person to suffer from mood disorders (e.g., depression), anxiety disorders, attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder, to be on psychotropic medication, or to suffer from a physical disability. In fact, evidence suggests that there is only one condition in which the prevalence may be higher in furries than in the general population: Asperger’s, or high-functioning autism. That said, it’s worth noting that an increased prevalence of a relatively rare condition is not the same thing as saying that it’s common in the furry fandom: even the most liberal estimates of prevalence rates of Asperger’s syndrome in the furry fandom suggest that, at most, it’s still less than five percent of furries.
To put it simply: a lot of things make the furry fandom the interesting and unique culture that it is – but psychological dysfunction is not one of them.
5.Furries bring bullying / ridicule upon themselves.
Those who have heard about furries are likely to have learned about them from relatively negative sources: from media or internet sources that ridicule furries. Furries are often viewed as a punching bag for the internet, for the media, and for other fandoms, a group that can be picked on or trivialized with relatively little consequence – a position that, in previous decades, was held by Star Trek fans and, more recently, has been replaced by bronies (adult, largely-male, fans of My Little Pony).
Much of the stigma directed toward furries is based on the belief that furries bring it on themselves: that they actively and openly flaunt their unusual fan interest or seek to make others feel uncomfortable with it, and receive negative responses from the media and from the internet as such. However, it’s worth noting that studies of furries suggest that, even early on in childhood, furries – before they self-identify as furries or even know what the furry fandom is – experience significantly more bullying, on average, than non-furries do. This is, in part, due to the fact that furries, like other fan groups, are largely “geeks” – including interests in other traditionally “geeky” subjects (fantasy, science-fiction, video games, comic books, science, board games, etc.) They experience significant bullying for having geeky interests, as other geeks often report experiencing.
And, like other geek subcultures, furries find validation of their interests and emotional and social support through communities of like-minded others. Most furries report that finding the fandom was a life-changing experience, with some claiming that the community even saved their lives. It’s worth noting one important distinction for furries – unlike other geek communities, the furry fandom remains largely stigmatized. Other traditionally stigmatized “geek” communities have become less stigmatized and more accepted socially in recent years: the recent popularity of the Star Wars, Star Trek, and Lord of the Rings films have made it far more acceptable to be a science-fiction or fantasy fan, and the growing popularity of video games have removed the stigma of the “gamer” identity. But compared to other geek fandoms (e.g., anime fans, fantasy sport fans), furries still say that they fear being “outed” as a furry to their friends, family, and co-workers, and still expect significant social backlash if people discovered that they were a furry. In fact, far from being flamboyantly, in-your-face furry, most furries keep their furry interests a secret for years. It’s this experience of shared stigmatization that draws furries to one another and makes the furry fandom such a tight-knit and interconnected community.
Hopefully this article has helped to dispel some of the misconceptions you may have held about the furry fandom. Of course, it’s unlikely that a single article will undo years of bad press for the furry fandom – millions of people will continue to mistakenly assume that furries are people who wear fursuits, think they’re animals, or have a weird fetish, and it’s unlikely that the fear of stigma felt by many furries will disappear anytime soon. Still, if this article helps people to recognize these misconceptions when they see them, and cause people to speak up when a friend or relative makes an inaccurate statement about what furries are, it would go a long way toward helping furries dispel the negativity surrounding their fandom. And, in the end, if you’re reading this, chances are you’re a geek, whether you happen to like Lord of the Rings or Star Wars, or board games or computer games. And, as geeks, we’re in this together; we know what it’s like to be picked on for loving the thing we love. There are enough people out there picking on us and propagating misconceptions about who we are. Let’s not help them by throwing our own under the bus.
About the author: Dr. Courtney “Nuka” Plante earned his PhD in social psychology from the University of Waterloo in 2014 and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Iowa State University where he studies the effects of fantasy activities on real-world thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. He is the co-founder of the International Anthropomorphic Research Project – a team of social scientists who have been studying the furry fandom for the past 6 years. He is also a furry.
26/3/2016 02:11:25 pm
I think I have been a furry. It started as a mascot job... it turned into wrestling over break time, and the privilege of wearing a suit that had a fan that still worked. Before long, I was looking for opportunities to wear the costume outside of work... oh the memories
30/3/2016 09:18:02 am
*laughs* Well, the label of furry is somewhat self-applied, so it's up to you. Though, if it was mostly enjoying wearing the mascot suit, that may not necessarily have been a "furry thing" - costuming / suiting can be its own interest without necessitating an interest in anthropomorphic animals :) However, if you also like stories / writing / other content that involves anthropomorphic animals, then yeah, you may well have had furry interests :)
31/3/2016 10:00:00 am
Mr nuka omg hi uh I met you at furry fiesta 2015 that's so awesome I love your work and your panel brought a lot of aspects to life concerning furries and it's awesome to see an article by you your amazing absolutely awesome
31/3/2016 02:11:36 pm
Nuka! Great article. :)
2/12/2020 12:12:58 am
Just figured Id let you know I am using some of your articles in my essay. I am a college student attending a city college in an honors English class and I thought id let you know. You seem to be one of the few reputable sources when it comes to furries, very hard to find good sources but im using two of your articles so thank you for being one of the few sources that addresses these issues in an academic way.
31/7/2018 09:07:58 pm
Are you damn kidding me? This people lure in kids and make them get enslaved to sexual addiction like what happen to me. All furries and bronies can drop of a fucking bridge.
1/8/2018 10:57:26 am
That is simply untrue.
1/8/2018 07:41:14 pm
@VP Quinn Yes it's very much true. I got exposed to furry porn when I was about 14. Fucking 14 years old! Want to know what's also true? Pretty much all you furries make porn and fap to it. Also, you people porn of cartoon characters, those shows are for kids damn it! You ruined a lot of childhoods because of that kind of shit!
2/8/2018 09:39:53 am
Listen, no one is defending 14 year olds looking at any kind of porn. But in the modern age, 14 year olds look at porn. All kinds, and that's not helpful.
19/9/2018 09:30:23 pm
thats a bad thing too say anti..........not all furrys are bad :(
23/10/2018 11:11:43 am
While I sympathize with your experience that doesn't make it OK to paint the entire fandom with a broad brush. The fact is you're coming from a place of extreme bias. It's natural to resent people who have hurt you but the fact is the term for what you're doing is called 'bigotry'. It's not different from a white guy being mugged by a black guy and claiming all black people are criminals because one of them happened to be one.
21/11/2018 01:29:01 pm
Okay Anti Anon, one Why the hell were you watching porn at 14.
7/2/2020 09:54:23 am
that is LIES!!
7/2/2020 09:58:54 am
The porn part is lies, non furries make those
9/2/2021 09:06:42 am
the who disagree in the furry thing are just stubborn
29/6/2021 04:21:42 am
NOT TRUE!!! WHY U FURRY HATE!!! NO MORE FURRY HATE!!! MOST, MEANING LIKE 99.9999999999999% OF FURRIES ARE NOT THAT KIND, FURRIES ARE GOOD!!! FURRY HATE MUST BE STOPPED!!!
29/6/2021 04:20:31 pm
This misconception brings an ocean of rage up from inside me. Most, almost all, furries aren't a fetish, and certainly don't make PORN. And if you were exposed to porn you would have had to been looking for it.
2/9/2021 05:05:58 pm
Anti Anon, I myself was introduced to porn at 5 years old and I hate everyone who makes pornography, or the abuse of bodies, however, being a furry was a comfort zone for me. With lots of people who are accepting and care for one another this helped me to control my trauma. Just because you have seen people who claim to be furries and have fucked doesn’t change the rest of the community. And you know what? It’s worse knowing that people think that’s all we are, sick, porn, maniacs who take advantage of children to fuck them. This isn’t accurate. I’ve been told my life & opinions don’t matter because of me being a furry. I have also been asked if I fuck dogs or kids! HELL NO. And what’s even worse is that their are several children at age 7-11 who claim to be furries- hate, and bullying because of something they like can cause ptsd and traumas. Just because you have a trauma doesn’t mean you can cause others to hate themselves because of something that happen to you. It’s just straight out selfish. I do feel sympathetic for you and I get why you hate us but its something you need to get over.
26/12/2022 02:01:37 pm
you are shit i am an asexsual furry so yea shut up
30/3/2016 07:42:41 am
"a 9-year old article in Vanity Fair,"
30/3/2016 09:09:47 am
I was going by this link right here (http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2001/03/furries200103), where, at the top, it says "October 3, 2007". However, upon further research, it appears you were correct! My mistake, although, if nothing else, it only serves to enhance my point (that people are basing their misunderstandings on old, non-representative representations!)
7/2/2020 09:57:08 am
When you say "The Pleasures Of The Fur" it sounds like porn, we don't do that.
30/3/2016 08:57:10 am
There's one other misconception I would have expected to see addressed, which is "All furries are gay." It's not accurate, since there are many straight furries, but there is some truth in it, as the proportion of LGBT furries is higher than the general population. You'd have the numbers since you're on the IARP team.
30/3/2016 09:15:09 am
You're correct - this is another misconception that many people (furry and non-furry) have about the fandom. And, as you said, the our data show that while the prevalence of homosexuality is 6-7 times higher in the furry fandom than in the general population, 25-35% of furries identify is exclusively or predominantly heterosexual.
30/3/2016 08:16:45 pm
What an incredible article! I myself did not know I was a 'furry' for many years. I was always drawing and writing stories with animals. I read many stories with animals as lead characters, and I enjoyed animal-related films. When I attended community college, an English professor liked my writing so much that she encouraged me to take creative writing as one of my electives. The professor for this course was so fascinated by my talking dogs story that she urged me to start sending these 'ramblings' to publications. Since 1999-2000, I can proudly say I am a 'furry' author and 'furry' artist. As I told a graduate school mentor, I didn't find this fandom (didn't know it existed before late '90s), this fandom found me. And I am forever grateful and in its debt.
31/3/2016 08:15:19 am
That's great! And, interestingly enough, your experience is actually reflective of what a LOT of furries say they experience (though, perhaps not quite on the same scale that you've experienced!) On average, furries report an interest in furry-themed content about 1-2 years before they even know that the furry fandom is a thing that exists. In other words, many furries like art / stories that feature anthropomorphic animals, but have no term to describe their interests and, as a result, feel a bit weird for it (e.g., "am I the only one who's interested in this stuff?") It's one of the reasons why discovering the fandom is often such an exciting experience for furries - to discover both a community of like-minded others who share their interests, but also feeling a sense of validation, that they're not the only one :)
30/3/2016 09:10:14 pm
31/3/2016 08:27:07 am
Wow! Thank you very much for the kind comments, Rod! They mean a lot coming from one who's played such a formative role in shaping what the fandom is today!
31/3/2016 02:15:31 pm
Rod, thank you SO freaking much for helping get this fandom going. It's brought me a ton of happiness and joy and love. I'm so very, very grateful to folks like you who were there at the start. I wish you tons of happiness, joy, and love.
31/3/2016 11:22:37 pm
I am blushing as I say: You're welcome. And thank you very much for coming along for the ride. It would have been terribly lonely if people like you had not!
2/4/2016 06:57:56 pm
31/3/2016 05:06:24 am
I was a science-fiction fan since 1950, when I was 9 years old. I can say from personal experience that most people during the 1950s thought that all s-f fans believed that Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers were real people, or that if you read Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings, you believed that elves and dragons were real, or that The Lord of the Rings was a flying-saucer book. The 1950s were also a period when most teachers and similar authority figures insisted that novels about space travel were pure fantasy and that scientific traveling to the Moon was impossible.
31/3/2016 08:29:55 am
Hi Fred! It's great to get the perspective of someone who's both been involved in multiple fandoms and who's been around long enough to recognize just how history repeats itself. And I'd definitely agree with you. Even compared to a decade ago, the media's treatment of furries seems to have evolved from "wow, look at these freaks" to a more sympathetic "everyone says these people are freaks, and they are, but it's okay to be a freak". I suspect, a decade from now, furries will go the way of Trekkers and become a bit more socially acceptable.
2/10/2017 01:45:46 pm
I can attest to that. I think it's because history repeats itself. I remember growing up during the 80's that people thought Dungeons and dragons was dangerous and some people actually believed that those who played those games believed they were elves or whatever,and believed in places that don't exist. So when people are saying that furries want to be animals,i'm like where have i heard that before. I believe the belief will go away in a few decades or so.
31/3/2016 05:33:03 am
This is very nice. I've been a member of the therian community for over a decade and a member of the furry fandom for almost as long. I've long become deeply interested in collecting and cataloging as many academic articles and studies looking into or mentioning the otherkin communities (which therian is one of those communities) and to a lesser extent studies into the furry fandom. One thing I always find continuing disheartening is that articles on the furry fandom still often lump therians as a subset of the furry fandom. Its actually far more like a very strong overlap between an identity group and a fandom. I can't fault any researchers for it, because there being such an interesting overlap that has such a long history together plus there has only recently really been any academic research really looking into otherkin, but I still find it disingenuous to both the furry fandom and the otherkin communities to hand wave away their rather fascinating (to me anyway) overlap and yet while still have rather different communities.
31/3/2016 08:36:42 am
I definitely agree with your point regarding furry / therian overlap, and have tried my best, in recent writings, to avoid referring to therians as a "subset" of the furry fandom, which, as you've pointed out, is factually incorrect. There IS an overlap between the two, as about 15% of furries self-identify as therians, but the fact that there are definitely therians who do not consider themselves furries illustrates clearly that therianthropy is not simply a subset of the furry fandom.
31/3/2016 02:21:42 pm
I'm no a furry but I appreciate what they do in all and the negatives I've seen and heard they need to walk a mile in their shoes or paws before they judge them enough said if I had the money I'll become a member of the furry community :)
31/3/2016 04:41:43 pm
Thanks for the support for the furry fandom! Though there's not really any cost associated with being a furry, just like you don't have to pay any money to be a fan of Harry Potter, Star Wars, or football! :)
30/6/2021 04:41:17 am
I'm currently making a partial fursuit out of cardboard I find around the house that my mum and dad haven't thrown away and I'm going to buy faux fur to put on top and make the gloves! Plus you don't need to pay anything to be a furry, and also not all furrys wear fursuits.
31/3/2016 04:45:55 pm
Hey, ya don't need money to be a part of it. Just be a fan. :)
31/3/2016 04:43:24 pm
I actually remember quite distinctly being in trouble in school for not doing an assignment "correctly". It was maybe Kindergarten or first grade, and we were supposed to draw a portrait of our family, and I drew myself as a tiger. I had trouble articulating as a child that I just preferred to depict myself as a strong, powerful animal than as the tiny, weak little girl that I was. I was small, I was bullied frequently, and I always thought "they wouldn't pick on me if I cold turn into a tiger and eat them."
2/4/2016 05:21:54 am
When I was about 5 years old, my favorite comic-book character who I wanted to grow up to be just like wasn’t a costumed superhero. It was Amster the Hamster, in DC’s funny-animal comics (written & drawn by Sheldon Mayer); not because he was a funny animal, but because he was shorter than all the adults around him (Dizzy Dog, Doodles Duck, I think some funny-animal policemen), and he was a fast-talking con artist who could convince ANYBODY of ANYTHING! At 5 years old, surrounded by tall adults and older children, I considered that a more desirable talent to have than any super-powers.
12/4/2016 08:39:16 am
I'm glad to hear that the fandom's been such a positive force for you!
31/3/2016 04:45:03 pm
I saw this earlier today, and waited until I got home to respond. And I usually don't post comments on things. But given the rather.... negative press 'furry' has gotten over the years, this is very refreshing, articulate and thought-out.
12/4/2016 08:45:04 am
*laughs* I certainly hope it comes off like I've done the research and gotten the facts - I've been studying the psychology of the furry fandom for 6-7 years by this point! :)
31/3/2016 05:35:40 pm
I think the furries are adorable. I've always wanted a furry costume, but I have no clue where to get one, nor do I have the skill to make one. :(
31/3/2016 06:37:00 pm
Generally speaking, they do cost a bit to do, because most are fitted to the person that wears them and the artists tend to take time to do it, because they tend to be personal. If you've got cash and patience, there are artists out there. Some I could recommend. If you have the time and desire to do it yourself, there's all kinds of websites on how to. But... it's not a quick thing, lol
31/3/2016 06:46:32 pm
Thank you. :) I figured they were a bit on the expensive side, they look expensive, but very fun overall. I just can't get over the cuteness of it all.
2/4/2016 05:57:43 am
Many furry conventions have panels and workshops on how to make your own fursuit. Check the online programs of major furry conventions like Further Confusion in San Jose, Biggest Little Fur Con in Reno, Furnal Equinox in Toronto, Furry Fiesta in Dallas, Anthrocon in Pittsburgh, Megaplex in Orlando, Rocky Mountain Fur Con in Denver, Midwest FurFest in Chicago, and over a dozen others around Canada and the U.S. Many furry conventions have a fursuit-guest-of-honor who often makes fursuits by commission.
12/4/2016 08:49:27 am
Like Drew & Fred have said, fursuits, while adorable, also generally represent a large investment of time and/or money! It's one of the reasons furries generally bristle when they see the fandom portrayed on tv shows with tacky, painfully-bad "costumes" that look like something bought off the discount rack at a Halloween costume store. They're generally one-of-a-kind (of your unique fursona), and involve all sorts of measurement and adjustments for proper fitting. Some of the more advanced ones include cooling systems, glowing eyes, speaker systems, stilts, and a whole whack of other technology!
30/6/2021 04:46:01 am
Fursuits are expensive, but you can find them just by looking up fursuits online and buy one from one of the websites that come up (some of that sentence I just didn't know how to word).
6/4/2016 03:03:28 pm
Yeah no...My "Misconceptions" of furries is derived from the multiple furry communities on the internet, trying to "Inject" their "Culture" into other, more broad aspects of social media (Whether it's wanted or not) and from what I've seen, yeah there's a massive sexual part to it. Yes furries want to dress up in fursuits and fuck eachother. I've also had the displeasure of interacting with these ilk in person at various conventions (The Fur-Babies were the cringiest). So yeah, no...Maybe there's a few folks that just get a chuckle out of dressing in mascot costumes, but the vast majority of furries I've interacted with are just deviant fuck-ups.
So I have thought a long time about how best to respond since I saw this comment yesterday, so I am sorry that I didn't do it earlier.
12/4/2016 09:12:03 am
Your comment raises some interesting points, and I'll operate on the assumption that the thoughts / feelings expressed in it are genuine, and not an attempt to troll :)
10/4/2016 07:11:38 pm
One thing I would like to touch on, since I'm unsure if it has been yet, is that I disagree with (and feel exlcuded by) the idea that can be misconstrued from this article that furries are simply and only fans of anthropomorphic animals. This is indeed not the case, furries range a broad spectrum of animal related interests that defines one as a furry. In fact I know several whom aren't interested in the anthropomorphic aspect at all, and even more that prefer the feral aspect (no human-like qualities). There are also some that aren't quite into the art but consider themselves furries simply because they are animal lovers.
12/4/2016 09:25:10 am
Fantastic comment, Setsuna!
13/4/2016 12:52:09 am
What convention was it? You might find it via the internet wayback machine.
15/5/2016 03:40:54 pm
Thanks a ton for creating this article... I'm a furry, a gay one, and it saddens so much how many people practically equate us to people who practice, or fantasize about bestiality, and so-on. :( We really ARE just fans! We're people, and people have interests, desires, etc.
6/7/2016 02:18:50 am
25/1/2017 01:57:35 am
Thanks for taking time for your thought provoking and insightful response.
30/6/2021 04:49:39 am
NO THEY DO NOT! FURRIES ARE AWESOME!!!
16/5/2017 02:48:36 pm
I will say thank you for making this blog as I have read it over and over again, Thank you for making this about correcting misconceptions but I would also like to say that this is one of the most diverse cultures I have yet to see. In my personal experience I have contacted people from the Muslim faith, people as far away as the Netherlands, Russia, Alaska, Australia, and England so I am proud to say that I am part of a diverse culture that spreads across all boundaries.
11/12/2017 04:59:46 am
Adults disguising themselfs as cartoonish, cosy creatures with overexageratedly childish personality are concerning, since it shows social complexions that are easy to connect to things like pedophilia. Also f all the furry related art you encounter, there is an enormeous percentage of pornographic stuff, which renders it a fetish. And it usually also features various other fetishes like gay, sm, feet, tickling, inflation etz.
22/3/2018 02:06:29 pm
I have been a furry for most of my life, and only this year came out and told my parents. It was a mistake not to tell my family a lot sooner, as I outcasted myself greatly.
19/9/2018 09:43:39 pm
furries are misunderstood by basically everyone at my school(in my opinion), so I barely ever talk about myself bieng a furry. . . . . but i think of other furries as normal people just as animals. i just wish society would just stop judging furries....... :(
30/6/2021 05:02:57 pm
I completely agree!
21/11/2018 01:56:26 pm
19/9/2019 05:09:58 pm
A very thought-provoking article. I'm both a furry and furry yiff artist (which the majority outside won't get xD) painting for the Sexyfur website. I actually note nobody covered before but my first furry was ThunderCats. I often use it when someone looks at me puzzled when I say well I draw furries and you're right: what's a furry? So I always say either Bugs, Daffy or ThunderCats "It's basically ThunderCats but with a lot of diversity and variety in what people make up" is kinda how I roll.
i like beans
11/2/2021 11:38:30 am
someone called me a fag for being a furry and i said "well thank you for noticing me! i appreciate that you care :D" and laughed to myself as they said "your welcome fag"
11/5/2022 01:01:01 pm
get well soon <3
6/6/2022 09:13:28 am
Thanks for the article. I think I can address the misconception about everything being sexual about furries. There are indeed a lot of kinks people have that do get very extreme
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