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Okapij Johnstonio

Active Member
Meowies! Sorry for the ignorance, I barely got enough time to write them all down >p<

Now straight into the Q&A! Whoa.. the amount of the questions are grand..!
Thank you so much!!
You've had a lot of pets! I have never owned a cat either, but I would love to have one.

Regarding #8, that's unfortunate that there were so many barriers preventing you from attending a furry convention! If it were not for the pandemic, I would have not had the option to do online/digital ethnography. I actually wanted to attend a convention center near me to find furries to observe and interview but of course I could not do that right now. Though, I think Fur Affinity has made it much easier for me to connect with the fandom (I am timid as well) as well as gather information with diverse insight.
 

Stray Cat Terry

"테리는길냥이"
Thank you so much!!
You've had a lot of pets! I have never owned a cat either, but I would love to have one.

Regarding #8, that's unfortunate that there were so many barriers preventing you from attending a furry convention! If it were not for the pandemic, I would have not had the option to do online/digital ethnography. I actually wanted to attend a convention center near me to find furries to observe and interview but of course I could not do that right now. Though, I think Fur Affinity has made it much easier for me to connect with the fandom (I am timid as well) as well as gather information with diverse insight.
Thankies! Purr~~ =UwU=

And keep in mind that Furries who seldom/never use internet or attend cons etc, are also Furries! Just in case! Ow<☆
 

Okapij Johnstonio

Active Member
Hey, sorry to keep pestering you, @Okapij Johnstonio , but will you share your final report with us if you feel comfortable, and how your class/professor reacts to it?

Hey, Troj! I would be happy to share my final project! Actually, aside from a final written report, I just learned that I do in fact have to make a short video as well that will be released publicly. I do not know many details about that yet, but I will let you all know.

Everything will be done near the end of this month. I do wonder how my professor will react!!
 

Stray Cat Terry

"테리는길냥이"
Hey, Troj! I would be happy to share my final project! Actually, aside from a final written report, I just learned that I do in fact have to make a short video as well that will be released publicly. I do not know many details about that yet, but I will let you all know.

Everything will be done near the end of this month. I do wonder how my professor will react!!
Mom-!! I'm on TV!! >w<☆
 

Okapij Johnstonio

Active Member
Hello guys! I hope everyone is staying safe and doing well during these odd times.

I apologize for not giving updates, I'm so distracted and all over the place . . . but I finished it!! This link slightly messed up the formatting, but here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GISSgFMnCUcQZsAP96YLsoxJbomSuzA5/view?usp=sharing

I am fairly satisfied with this report, but I think my least favorite section is under "observational analysis" because it seems removed from everything else. I wrote that part several hours before the deadline while panicking o_O

I hope you all find it decent at least! However, feel free to be as critical and aggressive as possible (it takes a lot to offend me, haha)! I was technically required to only have 2-3 interviews but I like going overboard, and I tried to include as many of you guys' quotes as possible. As such, I GREATLY surpassed the 7-8 page requirement, whoops!

As for the video . . . well, I was under a false impression: I only had to record myself while presenting a slideshow in front of the class. The presentation was basically a "simpler" version of the essay. If you guys want to see that, I could share it, but honestly it may be boring and I kind of look really dead inside (I strongly dislike speaking in front of others)!

I just submitted it, so I am awaiting my professor's reactions. When she responds, I will let you know! However, I turned in observation notes and interviews earlier, and she told me that she finds this group "fascinating," and that she looked briefly at this website and said it was "very interesting"--what does she mean by that? I have no idea! (my professor is around 70 years old, by the way)
 

Raever

Chaotic Neutral Wreckage
This essay came out surprisingly well. I've seen many interviews take information and misconstrue them, so I'm appreciative of how rational and fluidly it was written. My only sorrow is that I was unable to participate before the interviews closed. I never saw the topic. Ah well.
 

Kuroserama

Just a fox.
I really enjoyed it and I think it was well-written. I appreciate the thoughtfulness and the earnest sincerity in which you wrote your paper. It sounded like a very unbiased and well-researched piece, considering your time / interaction limitations as they were.

My only concern.. is your 70 year old professor may go and google "vore" in an attempt to understand the term.

If you'd like to share your video, please feel free to. But don't feel obligated! (I also hated public speaking all through college, and it never got easier, no matter how many papers I had to present.) Good luck! And I hope you get a great grade.
 

Okapij Johnstonio

Active Member
This essay came out surprisingly well. I've seen many interviews take information and misconstrue them, so I'm appreciative of how rational and fluidly it was written. My only sorrow is that I was unable to participate before the interviews closed. I never saw the topic. Ah well.
Thank you for saying that. I was so worried about incorporating this amount of information so fluidly, and I am not an anthropology major myself, but I had a lot of fun writing this nonetheless. I tend to write as a steady stream of thought that I go back and clean up later. This could have easily been a much larger project!

I am sure you would have had a lot of great things to say! Everyone's responses are so interesting, and I am glad I got to discover this website. I like learning about new things.
 

Okapij Johnstonio

Active Member
I really enjoyed it and I think it was well-written. I appreciate the thoughtfulness and the earnest sincerity in which you wrote your paper. It sounded like a very unbiased and well-researched piece, considering your time / interaction limitations as they were.

My only concern.. is your 70 year old professor may go and google "vore" in an attempt to understand the term.

If you'd like to share your video, please feel free to. But don't feel obligated! (I also hated public speaking all through college, and it never got easier, no matter how many papers I had to present.) Good luck! And I hope you get a great grade.
Thank you so much! I love to write and I always try to put in a lot of effort. I know typical ethnographic work can take up to years, but I think you can get a lot of information from an "online" group fairly quickly.

She may google that, but honestly, I think she's quite open-minded. She has done a lot of anthropological research in the past and I'm sure she's seen some interesting things! Or, she may not delve any further at all aside from what I submitted.

I will consider posting it! I even took a public speaking course and I am still horrible. But then again, I know very few people who like public speaking. I will let you all know if I decide to!
 

Raever

Chaotic Neutral Wreckage
I am sure you would have had a lot of great things to say! Everyone's responses are so interesting, and I am glad I got to discover this website. I like learning about new things.

I actually wound up attempting to put it in a spoiler since I had a lot of inspiration to answer anyway, but it was too many words lol.
I did put it in my scraps though, for those curious.
 

The_biscuits_532

big anxious kitty
I can imagine!!

On that note, I hope everyone is okay with the fact that I included actual usernames. Only you all and my professor is reading this but if anyone wants to be more anonymous I can go back a change it!
No worries here!
I have actually been slightly concerned recently that it isn't too hard to find out I'm a furry from my personal accounts (IE, known to people I know IRL), due to my tendency to use very similar usernames on everything

HOWEVER
You live on another goddamn continent to me so there's gonna be absolutely zero issues with your professor knowing my username lmao.
 

Okapij Johnstonio

Active Member
I actually wound up attempting to put it in a spoiler since I had a lot of inspiration to answer anyway, but it was too many words lol.
I did put it in my scraps though, for those curious.
Wow! I did take a look at it because I was curious. Your answers are very deep and personal, and I love how your fursona has transformed over the years and how she is used as both a story character and something you can take comfort in/"escape to," especially regarding your unfortunate life experiences.

"I think there also might be a minor trait that for people on the spectrum, recognizing if an animal is angry or happy is a lot easier than recognizing if a human is angry or happy,"--This is interesting, I had not considered that!

You also provide a very insightful analysis of your sexuality as well. This is a topic I have always been interested learning more about in other people because it is truly complex and specific to the individual. It's cool how we are living at a time where this kind of discussion is increasingly [maybe] becoming more open and tolerated (slowly but surely, at least online).

Thank you for your interest in my questions! I was worried that they were too wordy or specific but I tried my best to communicate my inquires since it was not in-person.
 

Raever

Chaotic Neutral Wreckage
You also provide a very insightful analysis of your sexuality as well. This is a topic I have always been interested learning more about in other people because it is truly complex and specific to the individual. It's cool how we are living at a time where this kind of discussion is increasingly [maybe] becoming more open and tolerated (slowly but surely, at least online).

Thank you for your interest in my questions! I was worried that they were too wordy or specific but I tried my best to communicate my inquires since it was not in-person.

Yeah, I didn't go too deeply regarding sexuality in the case of being hetero or homo etc. but I feel people who generally like Furries tend to have an overall "Monster" fetish to some degree (be it sexual or just aesthetic), which is actually really common in a lot of different fandoms; including things such as anime and homestuck communities. So really it's all one big umbrella when it comes down to it.

I'm glad you enjoyed the answers. I don't think your questions were too wordy at all - they delivered the question while remaining concise and on topic to avoid confusion. I liked them.
 

TemetNosce88

Prepare for the collapse
Awesome! You did a really good job portraying the community in a fair and honest light. Good work distilling all of the answers you got into something digestible and readable, too. I hope you get a good grade on it!
 
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