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Are the furry stereotypes true?

As much as the media says so, is it true? Please be honest.
 

KigRatel

Colaholic
I wouldn't say so, but the indiscreet amongst us make it seem like they are. Normally they're the same kind of people who think that trolls are infiltrating the fandom and are engineering its downfall... a load of nonsense. Long story short, more discretion is required.
 

Dreaming

Member
Examples? We can't really comment unless we have examples.

Short answer: No.
Long answer: Gonna need some examples here.
 
Examples? We can't really comment unless we have examples.

Short answer: No.
Long answer: Gonna need some examples here.

Probably what most people think, that we're sick perverted bastards that sit in the basement and jerk off to furry porn and hump each other in fursuits.
 

BarlettaX

Neo is OP
Probably what most people think, that we're sick perverted bastards that sit in the basement and jerk off to furry porn and hump each other in fursuits.

Um, no, WE aren't. I'm sure there are people out there that do.
Edit: Curiosity killed the cat. There is an entire subsection of xTube dedicated to fursuits. Ew.
 

cobalt-blue

Member
The "media" is usually a for profit endeavor and the news portion is less about reporting the news and more about entertaining. They are in competition with each other for market share. Boring stories about any subject do not sell. They usually have to find the extreme edges of any thing they “report” on to make some thing that will sell to the general population. Unfortunately the furry fandom has some elements that provide lots of fodder for these reports. So NO, most of the things you see in general media are slanted and will show what the writer thinks will sell and while may be factual is not a true portrayal of the whole. I am with KigRatel, a little discretion goes a long way.
 
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Dreaming

Member
Probably what most people think, that we're sick perverted bastards that sit in the basement and jerk off to furry porn and hump each other in fursuits.

There are a group in the fandom that do these things, but they're still a minority. So really, the stereotypes aren't all true.
 

CaptainCool

Lady of the lake
all stereotypes have their small grain of truth.
furries who have sex in their "murrsuits" do exist. thats a fact. the stereotypical misogyny within the fandom exists as well, just to name two examples.
but this counts for all stereotypes. like gay guys being all about sex. or the "gangsta" black guys. these people do exist. they are a minority but they do exist.
you see, stereotypes work like this:
"normal people", for example furries who behave in a way so that you dont even see that they are part of the fandom, dont do anything special. they dont do anything annoying or weird that the public can talk about. but people who do behave like your stereotypical furfag generate a lot of fuzz (no pun intended). and when others hear about this they reflect it upon the entire group.
 

SiLJinned

Member
The whole fursuit sex aspect is a minority, although I'd say quite a lot like the drawn porn aspect of it, whether they are in it for the sex or not. And then there's the third of the community where they don't like/have no interest in the porn. From my experience I'd say that's fairly accurate (I don't really care for whether people like it or not, although I'll admit the sexual aspects can become too prominent at times, alienating some people who just enjoy anthro animals, but have no interest in that type of stuff. This is not necessarily the so-called "trolls" fault, like the persecution complex furries want to believe.). The media focuses too much on fursuits, otherkin and conventions, whether it be sexual or not.
 
The "media" is usually a for profit endeavor and the news portion is less about reporting the news and more about entertaining. They are in competition with each other for market share. Boring stories about any subject do not sell. They usually have to find the extreme edges of any thing they “report” on to make some thing that will sell to the general population. Unfortunately the furry fandom has some elements that provide lots of fodder for these reports. So NO, most of the things you see in general media are slanted and will show what the writer thinks will sell and while may be factual is not a true portrayal of the whole. I am with KigRatel, a little discretion goes a long way.

This makes so much much sense to me now. I've seen a lot of things on dA that show things like "FURRY = PERVERT" and send links with graphs that show what furries think. But the thing is, how do you know if they are lying or not? So now that I've read this it makes it more clear. c:
 
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LizardKing

Guest
Also: Here's an article that's not all "LOL LOOK AT THESE CRAZY FUCKS". They do exist!
 

FM3THOU

Member
From my personal experience in, they are all true. But not in such a universal way. The stereotypes you see on TV do not exist so much in the real world in great number. However on the internet and in certain fetish art circles and roleplay areas it can get pretty nasty and absurd. What makes it worse is that there is no reason it should be that bad, its like someone took all their brains.
 
Also: Here's an article that's not all "LOL LOOK AT THESE CRAZY FUCKS". They do exist!

I've seen a video too. I think it was on MTV. I can't remember. It's a shame they didn't even watch it. They went straight to saying "OMG SICK FUCK GO KILL YOURSELF LOL". It's saddens me for people to be so closed minded.
 
From my personal experience in, they are all true. But not in such a universal way. The stereotypes you see on TV do not exist so much in the real world in great number. However on the internet and in certain fetish art circles and roleplay areas it can get pretty nasty and absurd. What makes it worse is that there is no reason it should be that bad, its like someone took all their brains.

I guess it just depends on how you see it and from personal experience. I went to Anthrocon 2012 and saw little to nothing. :/
 

cobalt-blue

Member
Also: Here's an article that's not all "LOL LOOK AT THESE CRAZY FUCKS". They do exist!
Just like I said what would have been a boring article about two people plotting to kill. Let's just spice it up with those "horrible" fur suiters. Do you really think that had they met on a gardening website there would have been a big article about horrible gardeners?
 
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LizardKing

Guest
Just like I said what would have been a boring article about two people plotting to kill. Let's just spice it up with those "horrible" fur suiters. Do you really think that had they met on a gardening website there would have been a big article about horrible gardeners?

Please quote the part where it calls them "horrible". Or anything derogatory of that nature.
 

cobalt-blue

Member
It doesn't I was thinking of the writers possible mindset and internal dialog. But it still stands that had it been a couple of gardeners there would have been no story beyond the plotting to kill and conviction.
 
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Elim Garak

Guest
The stereotype isn't true for all, but yeah there are a lot of freaks out there in the fandom.
However that's the same for most fandoms, however furries put it in the open more often due the fandom having a reputation of being accepting.
 

Fallowfox

Are we moomin, or are we dancer?
Just like I said what would have been a boring article about two people plotting to kill. Let's just spice it up with those "horrible" fur suiters. Do you really think that had they met on a gardening website there would have been a big article about horrible gardeners?

I believe the article was actually made in response to previous media hype, in order to show 'no they're not all criminally insane,'. Thus why it's part of the magzine section rather than main news.

Usually the BBC is quite levelheaded.
 
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LizardKing

Guest
It doesn't I was thinking of the writers possible mindset and internal dialog.

So what you're saying is that the article is fine but maybe the person who wrote it thought we were freaks. Okay then.

But it still stands that had it been a couple of gardeners there would have been no story beyond the plotting to kill and conviction.

Well no shit. Everyone already knows what a gardener is and what they do. Are you being this obtuse on purpose?
 

Calemeyr

Vere Adeptus
The stereotype isn't true for all, but yeah there are a lot of freaks out there in the fandom.
However that's the same for most fandoms, however furries put it in the open more often due the fandom having a reputation of being accepting.
Isn't it for some people also "Look at me look at me I'm special!"? It's the only reason why people would admit to being zoophiles, na'vikin, and softpaw readers. It happens in anime too, except more underground because there's less hugbox.

One of the few mostly true stereotypes is that furries seem to not like drawing people, at least from what I've seen on main site. I realize FA is a furry site, but still. If people want to get far with art, they shouldn't specialize in one genre. They have to be comfortable drawing things they might not be interested in.
 

cobalt-blue

Member
Well no shit. Everyone already knows what a gardener is and what they do. Are you being this obtuse on purpose?

No it's subtleties. Your editor gives you the assignment to write about Furrys. (Case 1) You don't like furrys, so you segue into the topic by using a case of a criminal conviction of two people who just happen to be furrys (most peoples minds are already biased against anything out of the ordinary and this just reinforces this). (Case2) You like furrys, you wait for a Con to come of some other positive action (the con giving to charity, fursuiters going to children's hospital) to segue into the story. Both stories have the same factual content, but the bias of the reporter shows through in small but significant ways.



I don't think the writer would start a story about gardening with a segue about a criminal conviction of a couple of gardeners.
 
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