Useful Notes: Furry Fandom
"Gadget was in many ways the perfect character for me in this pre-sexual phase. The clear social expectation that I’d eventually have to date and find a wife (a process that, in 4th grade, I treated as an upcoming errand, not entirely dissimilar to emptying the dishwasher) was made easier by the knowledge that there were people in the world like Gadget — hyper-intelligent female mice — that I could marry."
is, at the base, a fan of anthropomorphic animal characters (frequently and somewhat ironically abbreviated as simply anthro
). Exactly where on the Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism
these characters are doesn't matter, but most of them fall under Petting Zoo People
and Funny Animals
, and they're not on either extreme end. The characters may in some instances also be shapeshifters, transforming from fully human form to some kind of animal.
The majority of the fandom consists of people who enjoy fiction and art centered around anthropomorphic animal characters whether it be something as simple as text stories, art or comic books, or enjoying something as elaborate as furrydom's perhaps most significant de facto artistic and financial mainstream media success, the internationally popular Kung Fu Panda
film franchise by Dreamworks Animation
. They may simply take part in what others create, or they may be creators themselves. Many, but not all, also have a fursona note
, which is a furry character representing the individual.
On the deeper end of the fandom, which is a minority and meant an real minority, there are people with literal anthropomorphic animal fetishes, and a minority of them
are erotic cosplayers. Despite the small size of this group, they have gathered the most attention in the fandom, much thanks to CSI
, Aqua Teen Hunger Force
, Vanity Fair
, Something Awful
, Check It Out With Dr Steve Brule
, and numerous other programs. With this media exposure, the broader public repeats thinking it 'knows' what a Furry is - that is, a vaguely comedic pervert in some kind cartoonish way. This crude 'all the same' fallacy has left many furry fans distrustful of the media, and for several years fandom went so far as to ban members of the press from certain conventions to avoid being subjected to a two-minute 'smear job' on the news. In the past few years, media coverage has been increasingly positive (NBC News was granted a unprecedented level of access during Anthrocon 2014
, something that probably wouldn't have happened 5 years ago). This isn't necessarily because the media have become more tolerant - many attribute the decrease in negative media attention to the rise of Other Fandoms
making Furries look less strange by comparison from other subcultures and give more positive media slowly, And American Dad! is one of few shows on TV media at same decade give furry fandom an positive look without that same overused sterotype that fandom is always be an pervert
Another subculture of the fandom is Otherkin
. These are people who believe they are, in real life, not actually fully human. It may be that they claim to have an animal spirit, which may or may not be a real animal (Therians limit themselves to real animals). Some go so far as to disown the human race entirely, and claim they've been born as the wrong species. Even Otherkin, who're mocked by other furries, mock these people, to give some context to where they are on the social ladder.
There is a significant stigma to identifying yourself as a furry,note
mainly because on The Internet
, they are often the butt of many jokes. For this reason, there are a lot of people who have the same interests, but don't identify as furries. On the other hand, if someone does like works with furry characters, some people are inclined to label them a furry. They may like the works for the furry characters, but they may also like them for simply being great stories. Who exactly is a furry is up for debate, but the only people you can be certain of are the ones who identify themselves as such. This stigma decidedly hurt coverage of an attack on Midwest Fur Fest in December, 2014, where chlorine gas injured 19 people. News coverage tended to get sidetracked by the oddity of furries, instead of concentrating on the attackers. This some people in internet supporting the attackers instead threat it attack as turning point to how treat furries as people, while sites like The Mary Sue.com
treats an attack seriously
since the chlorine gas was used as chemical weapon in some parts in history.
Also, meet Dr. Kathy Gerbasi
, social psychologist to the furs.
NOTE: There should be absolutely NO links to NSFW content.
This fandom contains examples of:
All done! Now don't you just have a warm, fuzzy feeling? :3