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Hello all!

I am an undergrad student at SCU and I am writing an English research paper about Furry Fandom!

I chose this topic because it genuinely interests me. I don't know much about the furry community, so I feel like this is a great opportunity to explore what it is and educate myself. In my paper, I would also like to deconstruct the negative perceptions/misunderstandings that people have about the fandom!

I was hoping that some of you guys would be willing to answer a few of my interview questions!

 

With that being said, I'm curious to know more about:

  • What compelled you to participate in the Furry Fandom?
  • Do you own a fursuit?
  • In your opinion, how accepting is the community? 
  • Has the community had an effect on your life, both positive or negative?
  • Has society's negative perception of Furry Fandom affected you in any way? (Examples: Not wearing fursuit in public, not being able to tell friends or family about it, etc.)
  • In your opinion, what values do furries uphold? What behaviors are looked down upon?
  • Is there a social hierarchy within the furry community? (Example: Are older members or people with fursuits more respected etc...)
  • Anything else you'd like to share?

 

Once again, this is solely for educational purposes and NOT to offend or make a mockery of anyone. I am truly interested in hearing everyone's perspective, even if it only addresses a few of the questions. All responses are valued and greatly appreciated!

And feel free to send me a message if you'd like to chat, or are simply interested in knowing more about my research!  :) 

 

Thank you! Much Love,

Stacey

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  • What compelled you to participate in the Furry Fandom?

I've always really enjoyed animal characters over human ones in media. Plus, the fandom is so creative. I sew, draw, work with clay, perler beads, and much more! I just like to experiment with all different art types. ...and I see lots of different types and styles in this fandom in particular!

  • Do you own a fursuit?

I made one myself last year, yes.

  • In your opinion, how accepting is the community?

Pretty accepting!

  • Has the community had an effect on your life, both positive or negative?

It's re-inspired my passion for art and I've even opened up a small online store and will have a booth at a small con later this year!

  • Has society's negative perception of Furry Fandom affected you in any way? (Examples: Not wearing fursuit in public, not being able to tell friends or family about it, etc.)

It's made it sort of hard to introduce people to what I do because so many have the negative perceptions. I'm usually good at explaining it well though.

  • In your opinion, what values do furries uphold? What behaviors are looked down upon?

Very LGBT+ friendly, accepting of those with disabilities also, age and race isn't really a factor... all walks of life are here. It's looked down upon when someone doesn't feel that we're all welcome.

  • Is there a social hierarchy within the furry community? (Example: Are older members or people with fursuits more respected etc...)

Generally if you're a popular artist or a fursuiter, yes. Haha.

 

  • Anything else you'd like to share?

I hope that was helpful!

 

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What compelled you to participate in the Furry Fandom?

I discovered the furry fandom through my interest in macrophilia and searching writing.com for stories. When I found out there were conventions, I figured I give it a try. Anthrocon 2014 was my first convention and I have been hooked ever since.

 

Do you own a fursuit?

Yes, made it myself 2 years ago.

 

In your opinion, how accepting is the community? 

About as accepting as is humanly possible. Furries as a whole are color blind and non discriminating, even after meeting each other in person. There are always going to be a few bad apples, as the whole saga over Rocky Mountain Fur Con showed us, but they are drowned out by the owerwhelming good. 

 

Has the community had an effect on your life, both positive or negative?

It has been 100 percent positive. If it wasn't for the fandom, I would not have any friends. And indeed, I had no friends before discovering furry. It has become my life outside of work, a chance for me to escape the chaos and stress of living too close to a city full of idiots (New York).

 

Has society's negative perception of Furry Fandom affected you in any way? (Examples: Not wearing fursuit in public, not being able to tell friends or family about it, etc.)

Not at all. The only thing that has limited my ability to wear my fursuit in public is the difficulty of finding someone close by to be a handler. The whole negative perception of the furry fandom is blown out of proportion by people within our own community. Most of the negative publicity is so far in the past, that it's really only furries that remember it. The whole CSI thing has become a running joke amongst the people of Pittsburgh. The days where we needed protection from the big bad media are lone gone. 

 

In your opinion, what values do furries uphold? What behaviors are looked down upon?

Love, pure and simple. I can't think of any other community where you can pass someone in the hotel lobby one minute, and be cuddling them in your room the next. Bigotry is most definitely looked down upon, I think because many of us have been victims of it in some way. Anything that smells like a bigot is very quickly hounded on mob style. Some may see that a fault since things can be misinterpreted, but that's the sort of instinct we have in place to protect our community from the hate we endured ourselves.

 

Is there a social hierarchy within the furry community? (Example: Are older members or people with fursuits more respected etc...)

There are some more popular furries who have more influence and wide respect, but I wouldn't say there is any hierarchy. It's not like the popular furs can only make friends with similarly popular ones. Sometimes, it's the most popular who are the most humble. Popular or not, we all just want good friends.  

Anything else you'd like to share?

We're not perfect, but there's a lot the world could learn from us.

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Has society's negative perception of Furry Fandom affected you in any way?

Careful! That's a loaded question. It suggests that the majority of society in general has a negative perception of the Furry Fandom. I'm pretty sure Pittsburgh loves Anthrocon! I'd bet that most other furry conventions are loved by their communities, too.

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The majority of society doesn't know what furries are.  

The majority of society probably doesn't know what Instagram is, but even the majority of the subsection of partly-informed Western society probably doesn't know what furries are.

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What everyone else above said!

Maybe I'll write a follow-up to this post, but right now, busy otter is very busy.  (Furries have real lives and jobs too.)

In the meantime, feel free to cyber-stalk me on this forum.  From my posts here, I think that you will get a true feeling about what it means to be a part of this community.  (Actually, if you do cyber-stalk me here, you will find ALL of MY answeres to your questions.)

And, I fear that by pointing you to my posts here, I will have pretty much written your reasearch paper for you! Eye-wink (Don't worry, my rates are very reasonable! laughing hard )

I especially point you to this thread:  https://www.anthrocon.org/node/13736/words-windragon  in which I expouse at length about what the fandom means to me.

 

Soggy Otter

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  • What compelled you to participate in the Furry Fandom?

 

I've always kind of known abou the fandom. My brother was in the fandom when I was in fifth grade. He would make suits for people, and he would do meet ups, and videos. I found it very intresting, and fun. It wasn't until later that I started doing more reasurch and learning more about it. For me, I'm a very shy person. But, when I'm in suit, I'm this happy go lucky type of person.

  • Do you own a fursuit?

Yes, I own a black and purple wolf. I'm getting my wolf wolf made, it should be here any day.

  • In your opinion, how accepting is the community?

Most of the community is pretty nice. From what I've seen, they are just like me. Shy people, who love animals.

  • Has the community had an effect on your life, both positive or negative?

The community has had a very positive effect on me. I've met a lot of great people, with this fandom.

  • Has society's negative perception of Furry Fandom affected you in any way? (Examples: Not wearing fursuit in public, not being able to tell friends or family about it, etc.)

Well, funny that you mention it. My friend and I (she was a handler for me) when into the store in my town to get a drink at starbucks. We weren't doing anything bad, we weren't touching anything, we just went in and came out......Due to the community not likeing the fandom (they even told me, it's all about sex) I'm no longer allowed to wear my fursuit in the town.

  • In your opinion, what values do furries uphold? What behaviors are looked down upon?

The values that the furries hold is, the understanding of one another. Being able to interact with others, with just your body language, and not talking. Having the love for others, and helping those when they neeed it.

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  • What compelled you to participate in the Furry Fandom?
  • not sure how to answer that. didn't know it was a thing til a friend mentioned it and I looked it up. I am big into stuffies/plushies and cartoon characters etc so i just kinda fit in there.
  • Do you own a fursuit?
  • original partial is long dmged . just finished (yesterday) my 2nd partial
  • In your opinion, how accepting is the community? 
  • more than most anything i ever dealt with in the past
  • Has the community had an effect on your life, both positive or negative?
  • nope, not really able to answer this one.
  • Has society's negative perception of Furry Fandom affected you in any way? (Examples: Not wearing fursuit in public, not being able to tell friends or family about it, etc.)
  • online at times, irl i don't really talk about it outside the fandom so nope.
  • In your opinion, what values do furries uphold? What behaviors are looked down upon?
  • Friendliness, caring, acceptance. Things that are looked down on is typically drama, IP theft, impersonations of other suiters.
  • Is there a social hierarchy within the furry community? (Example: Are older members or people with fursuits more respected etc...)
  • not that i know of
  • Anything else you'd like to share?
  • nope, i just do my thing and don't care about others.
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I was just browsing the internet and I found some furries. I like their intrests, which were quite similar to mine and I like them a lot better in media as opposed to humans.

 

I don't owna fursuit yet but I really want one.

 

N/A

 

The community has effected my life both positively and negatively. Positively: I have new friends and I get to be myself and express myself. Negatively: Old friends found out I was a furry and left me.

 

Yes, I have not been able to tell some of my friends and my family about it.

 

IDK I'm kind of new to the furry community, but I still love it.

 

IDK

 

Nope

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Ah, a fellow member of the ivory tower! I will be more than happy to participate in your research. 

- I never really "joined" the fandom, rather I just naturally found my place in it. 

- Several as a matter of fact, a mouse, wolf, fox, rabbit, and skunk (I also have an opposum and ferret one on the drawing board)

- It is probably one of the most accepting fandoms in the world. The whole philosophy of the furry fandom is transcending your human existence and taking on an animal form, so concepts such as gender, race, religion, etc. cease to be relevant. 

- The furry fandom really drives my passion for art, which I consider to be an essential part of my life. 

- I heed it no attention. 

- Creativity and self expression more than anything else. Because the fandom is very easy going and accepting there isn't much that I would consider to be "taboo" strictly speaking. The only things I can think of off the top of my head are plaigarizing someone elses art, or dammaging someone's fursuit (both of which are a surefire way to make a lot of enimies). For the most part, if you act like a decent person and use common sense you should face no hostility. 

-Unfortunatley like any other fandom, we do have our fare share of elitists out there. You will on occasion hear, "you call that art?" or "you call that a fursuit?". Take it from me, these people aren't worth your time. 

-Generally speaking, the furry fandom is a fun, energetic, diverse, multicultural, and very creative community of people. 

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