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Are the furry stereotypes true?

BrodyCoyote

Troublemaker
The only real life experience I've had meeting a furry was when I was in college, and a guy started talking to me while I was eating my lunch. The conversation started with Japanese (I was taking Japanese classes at the time) and progressed from there to games and hobbies and eventually him being a furry. He seemed incredulous that I knew what a furry was, and quite happy, I was a little indifferent. He asks if I hung out on furry sites, and I admitted I did (This was many a year ago, when MUCKs were still the primary contact, and VCL was still the art site for furries). And then he springs on me from the blue, "Oh I'm a babyfur."
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Some stereotypes are deserved. There are some things you just don't tell someone you've only just met.
 

Chenler

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

You have got to be kidding me. The media has potraid furries as sex crazed fiends who have sex in fursuits. There are a very VERY few amount of people in the fandom who fit the stereotype.
 

Fallowfox

Are we moomin, or are we dancer?
The only real life experience I've had meeting a furry was when I was in college, and a guy started talking to me while I was eating my lunch. The conversation started with Japanese (I was taking Japanese classes at the time) and progressed from there to games and hobbies and eventually him being a furry. He seemed incredulous that I knew what a furry was, and quite happy, I was a little indifferent. He asks if I hung out on furry sites, and I admitted I did (This was many a year ago, when MUCKs were still the primary contact, and VCL was still the art site for furries). And then he springs on me from the blue, "Oh I'm a babyfur."
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Some stereotypes are deserved. There are some things you just don't tell someone you've only just met.

So what if he was a babyfur? Your anecdote doesn't state that he exhibited any stereotypical babyfur behaviour so how does this make such stereotypes deserved?
 

RedTheHusky

Huskybutt
The media always over-exaggerate things to get people to watch and make money. I don't let peoples views bother me though, I might be a little on the chubby side but I am not just some "yiffy fur-fag, or someone that has sex in a fursuit" I am a fur just for the fun of it, I love to roleplay and it's just a hobby of mine to be something that I cannot. But I don't go acting like a dog, that just seems very weird to me.
 
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Fallowfox

Are we moomin, or are we dancer?
The media always over-exaggerate things to get people to watch and make money. I don't let peoples views bother me though, I might be a little on the chubby side but I am not just some "yiffy fur-fag, or someone that has sex in a fursuit" I am a fur just for the fun of it, I love to roleplay and it's just a hobby of mine to be something that I cannot. Which is exactly what everyone else is doing.

It's not what I'm doing.
 

BrodyCoyote

Troublemaker
So what if he was a babyfur? Your anecdote doesn't state that he exhibited any stereotypical babyfur behaviour so how does this make such stereotypes deserved?

It was way TMI. It confirmed the old 'Lacking in normal socializing' area. It's like when anime nerds have their anime character pillows, whatever if they keep them in private, but when they bring it to a con or talk about them to people who they've just met, well, they're officially into the 'hilarious anime pervert' stereotype. It's the reason I don't join any of those groups, I don't need to proclaim to the world all my interests , weird or not, from the moment I've met them.

Like Otherkin that feel the need to tell you this immediately. Or vore furs that put that in their bio. There's a lot of things that people don't need to know immediately or directly. Then again, maybe I'm just old fashioned.
 

Fallowfox

Are we moomin, or are we dancer?
It was way TMI. It confirmed the old 'Lacking in normal socializing' area. It's like when anime nerds have their anime character pillows, whatever if they keep them in private, but when they bring it to a con or talk about them to people who they've just met, well, they're officially into the 'hilarious anime pervert' stereotype. It's the reason I don't join any of those groups, I don't need to proclaim to the world all my interests , weird or not, from the moment I've met them.

Like Otherkin that feel the need to tell you this immediately. Or vore furs that put that in their bio. There's a lot of things that people don't need to know immediately or directly. Then again, maybe I'm just old fashioned.

I suppose some people, especially if they have a marginal or niche interest, feel they need to tell someone. That's rather what these forums exist as, I suppose, but from an anonymous perspective.
I can empathise with that, I don't think it means people are stereotypes, just a bit awkward.
 
My views changed a lot since I made this thread.

I don't think the majority of furries like yiff, but I don't think the minority like it either. I think it's about even, and the ones that like it just like it for the art, and then there are the extremist that shove it down everyone's throats and find it "hot". Some people just look at it for the lulz and find it hilarious.


But yeah that's what I think, correct me if I'm wrong.
 

TreacleFox

dem murrs
It was way TMI. It confirmed the old 'Lacking in normal socializing' area. It's like when anime nerds have their anime character pillows, whatever if they keep them in private, but when they bring it to a con or talk about them to people who they've just met, well, they're officially into the 'hilarious anime pervert' stereotype. It's the reason I don't join any of those groups, I don't need to proclaim to the world all my interests , weird or not, from the moment I've met them.

Like Otherkin that feel the need to tell you this immediately. Or vore furs that put that in their bio. There's a lot of things that people don't need to know immediately or directly. Then again, maybe I'm just old fashioned.

How is factually stating some group you associate with TMI?
 

Greg

Striata
Yes and no. In regards to factual correctness the stereotypes are not universal. In terms of how people stereotype the fandom and how it is perceived? That's not universal either, perception is subjective: the way one sees and experiences all is/has/will always being/been/be unique.

There is no simple answer to this question.
 

Ricky

Well-Known Member
My views changed a lot since I made this thread.

I don't think the majority of furries like yiff, but I don't think the minority like it either. I think it's about even, and the ones that like it just like it for the art, and then there are the extremist that shove it down everyone's throats and find it "hot". Some people just look at it for the lulz and find it hilarious.


But yeah that's what I think, correct me if I'm wrong.

I think the majority of furries like porn.

Doesn't porn get the most favorites on FA (even though there is technically more clean art up)?
 
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Fallowfox

Are we moomin, or are we dancer?
My views changed a lot since I made this thread.

I don't think the majority of furries like yiff, but I don't think the minority like it either. I think it's about even, and the ones that like it just like it for the art, and then there are the extremist that shove it down everyone's throats and find it "hot". Some people just look at it for the lulz and find it hilarious.


But yeah that's what I think, correct me if I'm wrong.

I'm not sure people actually fit into these quantised groups you've ascribed; I know I don't. Sexuality/fetishism is fickle, so any individual who is emphatic about sexual material one moment may become less interested in the future or vice versa.

I sometimes enjoy sexual art, but not exclusively for artistic content or merit. I'd like to think I don't shove my interests at others aggressively and I'm not in it for the lulz.


I think any attempt to describe the sexual or fetishistic element of a group in the resolution and relative concreteness you're trying to is unlikely to succeed.
 

Digitalpotato

Rants like a Gryphon
There are actually a good number of clean furs. You just never hear about us because we're "boring". A story about people who like anthropomorphic characters, and draw art of them? Boring.

A story about people who like to have sex in fursuits? Now that's a story.
 

Jallycyn

New Member
Yes and no. Some furries like to look at anthro porn, some don't. Some furries think that they're animals (Otherkin), most don't. Some furries like to dress up in fursuits, most don't or can't afford it. A smaller minority of those that like to dress up in fursuits like to have sex in those fursuits, most don't. Lots of furries only like to look at/draw clean anthro art. Some furries who enjoy anthro porn also have other strange fetishes they like to integrate with that, but again, they appear to be a minority. Like all stereotypes, stereotypes about furries have some truth to them, but they are largely an oversimplification. Even if furries did fit the stereotypes, that doesn't mean we're not people.
 

Ozriel

Inglorious Bastard
There will be sterotypes in the fandom as long as there are people that create them.
 

FenrirUlv

Probably stoned
Short answer: sort of
Long answer: Look there are a lot of stereotypes about furries and they are just like stereotypes of every other group. There are a lot that I have found have been true for many furries, but no stereotype will ever be always a yes. The sex thing though, no I dont believe that in the big picture its true, of course you are going to see yiff but thats expected when many see themselves as more anthro.
 

Ozriel

Inglorious Bastard
And naturally the outside world is about as interested in our stereotypes as they are of Azeris or trainspotters. :j

The only people that take interest in the negative stereotypes are the ones who watch daytime talkshows....which are few, but the question does get asked if "furries are [insert x stereotype here]" by people who are curious.
 

Fallowfox

Are we moomin, or are we dancer?
The only people that take interest in the negative stereotypes are the ones who watch daytime talkshows....which are few, but the question does get asked if "furries are [insert x stereotype here]" by people who are curious.

The same individuals who watch judge judy and jeremy kyle then?

The only time the stereotype of furrydom has come up for me in any significant way is when I told my now ex, and she subsequently quizzed her friends about it to decide whether I was a normal catch or not.
I regret to say I probably misrepresented the group, because I only bothered explaining my personal interests [which included saying I might be interested in sexual costumery], so it's probably people like me who are in part responsible for some of the stereotypes because we are perhaps more likely to tell partners and then the impression of us as people is spread as the impression of the entirity through casual conversation.
Sorry about that.
 

Ozriel

Inglorious Bastard
The same individuals who watch judge judy and jeremy kyle then?

The only time the stereotype of furrydom has come up for me in any significant way is when I told my now ex, and she subsequently quizzed her friends about it to decide whether I was a normal catch or not.
I regret to say I probably misrepresented the group, because I only bothered explaining my personal interests [which included saying I might be interested in sexual costumery], so it's probably people like me who are in part responsible for some of the stereotypes because we are perhaps more likely to tell partners and then the impression of us as people is spread as the impression of the entirity through casual conversation.
Sorry about that.

You need to come to Pittsburgh during Anthrocon then.
 

Bread

Member
I know a popular stereotype is that all furries have autism or are somewhat socially retarded.

Thanks to this wonderful video :rolleyes:
[video=youtube;kRrM-86Bc9o]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRrM-86Bc9o[/video]

After going to a few furmeets and FA:U I think I can safely dismiss that, I sat down and had some great level headed conversations with furries, many of them with fantastic social skills.
 
I know a popular stereotype is that all furries have autism or are somewhat socially retarded.

Thanks to this wonderful video :rolleyes:
[video=youtube;kRrM-86Bc9o]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRrM-86Bc9o[/video]

After going to a few furmeets and FA:U I think I can safely dismiss that, I sat down and had some great level headed conversations with furries, many of them with fantastic social skills.

I agree, I went to AC 2012 and they are very social people.

I can't say that for myself though, I'm a very shy person. XD
 

GreenReaper

Rambling Norn
The Anthropomorphic Research Project has been running furry surveys at conventions and online for years, in part to determine the truth of some of those stereotypes.

Here's a summary of their latest findings; you can see that some stereotypes are at least partially true (furries are gayer, though far from 100% gay), but others are false (while they do like fantasy, if anything furries seem to be more psychologically stable than the average person, perhaps because they have a good support network).
 
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