Though I'm sure this has been done to death. I feel the need to vent on the subject personally.
Lately, I've been watching alot of TV where furries have appeared. And its been bothering me only for one reason - they're always portrayed yiffing. or talking about yiffing. So to the complete stranger to the FurWorld, we're nothing but sex-crazed perverts. Sure, every fandom has the perverted/sexual fantasy part. But NO ONE is portraying the part that its also just a healthy hobby. Why does it have to be sexual? Like that Jimmy Kimmel excerpt. We (as a community) looked like idiots. And the little correspondent or whatever kept saying "They go to cons to meet and then have sex, and more sex. aaaaaaand more sex."
I'm sure I don't have to describe to anyone the CSI episode with furries. Again, portrayed as having furpiles and sexing all the freaking TIME. Great, now the mass population hears "furry" and thinks of murder, sex and semen-stained fursuits.
Anime followers don't seem to get the kind of perverted flack that we do. Conventions of theirs are just seen as "dress up" and exercising the imagination. (from what I see) Why is fursuiting perverted compared to dressing in scantily clad leather and armed with fake weapons. We're dressing up as freaking "teddy bears" and cuddly animals! Yet we're the sex-crazed maniacs.
Where's the national video expose` on the furries who go out and stand infront of Petsmart and Humane Societies putting their suits to good use to draw in crowds to adopt animals. I've seen alot of pictures of furries hugging kids and playing peek-a-boo to make them laugh.
I'm sick of seeing the slander. Because it just makes it harder to explain to friends what I belong to and the conventions I attend. (I know I dont have to tell them its none of they're business etcetc but I'm proud of it and have it on my myspace and other public websites. I cant help but feel people look at that and see a sick pervert when I dont treat it as such an extreme perversion.)
Anyone else feel similarly/ care to vent as well?