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Do people in your area accept the furry fandom or frown upon it ?

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I live in a conservative area where people are pretty much convinced that anything that doesn't fit into the "normal" (think Pleasantville) life-script is an attack on Good Christian Family Values. Their entire "understanding" of furries is probably based on what they've seen on daytime television, in which case we are a bunch of sexual deviants and sickos and "gay people." Or, at best, furries may just be viewed as people who are really immature because they like cartoons with talking animals.

This is why I stay on the Internet.

That's basically how I grew up. I still feel conflicted. On the one hand they try to do what they consider the right thing and I admire that, but on the other hand they can be rather short-sighted and small-minded.
 
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Granus

Member
I don't think they really give a crap about furries. I ran around in my old fursuit a few times, and took walks in it randomly, and I got a few people pointing and laughing, but most of them just walked by like it was nothing special. People around here are pretty friendly and chill anyway, so maybe that's why.
 

Sylox

boi...chill out!
I've seen folks around here with tails get pushed around and called names which would make a racist blush. Odd that a state as Progressive as Maryland is full of ass backwards morons. I'm actually afraid to get a partial now...
 

Recel

Mamma Yeena
People mostly don't even know what a furry is over here. Is it edible? Can they drink it? Does it run on gas or electric? Who knows!
 

Sauvignon

aynil
If there was a regular furry gathering in this area, it would end worse than the black religious gathering did.
 

dischimera

Member
The fandom is supposedly its biggest in the US. So I guess thinking it's just a matter of not caring what other people think sounds simpler than it really is.

In my country, and more especifically my hometown, the fandom isn't just frowned upon. I'm not kidding when I say people who know what "furry" means over here view it as the bottom of the barrel of fandoms. People see Bronies with higher regards.
The majority around here think of furries as people who masturbate for Sonic and their own Sonic-personas or whatever. If you're furry or hang with any, you're a freakshow. These people's knowledge of the fandom is limited to people like some guy who made a video about Lola Bunny or that Sonichu guy. And no, they don't give a rat's ass what you think you know of the fandom, if you so much as try to say one thing in favor of people who follow it, you're stared at as a crazy person.

The only people who don't diss on the fandom like that are parents hanging with their children, who usually seem to have fun with people in the suits and didn't (yet) have their stereotype on the fandom be constructed by ex 4chan users. Almost anyone from 12~late 20s who spends enough time goofing off online will see differently.

Actual meetings among furs here didn't start until 10-ish years ago, and the group isn't that big, though it's growing. And even then, the meet-ups are never done in town really but in some more or less isolated private resort so there is no chance non-members will so much as lay an eye in the guests. They know things would be awkward otherwise.

People in this country aren't very tolerant to much outside sportsmen, stand-up comedians or TV celebrities at all. Let alone furries.

I met a furry IRL once. Except he didn't know who I was. I recognized his character eventually and freaked out. Why? Well, guy was very obnoxious, loud, and stupid. He'd go all around the class showing his comissioned pics to everyone. His stuff was not porn but definitely NSFW.
He saw me sketching (nothing akin to my gallery's content) and asked if I had a furaffinity page. I said no, OBVZ. That was the day I became afraid of posting OCs in my gallery and blocked him from access to my galleries.
Some of us don't have the luxury of being free to tell we draw what we draw to so much as family relatives. I'm in a very complicated position so yes, I'm not open about training to take erotic comissions of cartoon and videogame characters, or about talking to furries online. And if I don't want to have even bigger problems finding a steady job in this country I'm gonna continue to do just that.

Otakus, fujoshis, bronies, and nintendo fans are all seen negatively here but it usually doesn't go beyond jokes. Furry, by those who know the term, is treated as if a mental disturbance.

You are all very lucky.
 

LazerMaster5

Lost in the Static
Gosh, man. My friends don't seem to care much about my furryness. I live in a middle class suburban city in northeast Ohio, where very little intolerance occurs. I don't see a whole lot of furries in the wild, but I have seen a couple of people wearing tails. If anything, it's a giggle. ("Hey, look, he's wearing a tail! Silly kid.") In suburbia, weirdness is the norm, and when your best friends are all huge nerds, what harm does being a furry cause?
 

PastryOfApathy

Well-Known Member
If there was a regular furry gathering in this area, it would end worse than the black religious gathering did.

I don't think anyone's ever shot up a furry convention. Still the image of something like that makes me giggle though, as awful as it would be.
 
If I wore a fursuit out in public one on the rednecks here would call in a priest for an exorcism.
 

SodaBubbles

I will deliver the explosion
Personally, I don't give a crap what people think. I used to wear tails and some people said stuff behind my back, but nothing to my face, (I dress in a style now that doesn't really allow for tails, but no big deal), and I didn't care. Mostly little kids were like "omg mom that lady has a tail" or whatever. When people find out I illustrate for a living, they think it's cool. When I tell them my primary source of income is furry art, and that I enjoy the challenge of drawing them to make them look awesome, and that you get a bigger challenge from furries because there are so many species, they also think that's cool as well. But I live in Georgia, home of Dragon Con, among other things, so nerds and geeks are a dime a dozen.

People will say stuff because they're jealous that you have the balls to do what they don't.
 

akkocoon

New Member
I'm an Oddball, strive to be one. I'm openly furry, as I think its a large part of my life. So basically it compliments my personality. When people try to use it against me it just fuels it...I have enough friends who ENJOY who I am and appreciate me that I really don't care. As for the tails and ears, I must say there is a time and a place...and that's all I have to say about that.

I live in Phoenix, Arizona (USA) people around here generally don't give to flying craps what your doing as long as it doesn't disturb them. and I'm fairly known for entertaining children around here so..maybe thats why they allow it? ...I dunno.
 
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Erzyal

Keeper of useless information
If I went out with so much as a pair of ears on my head the cops in my town would harass me till I took them off. Its a small town where the local church's believe that women shouldn't wear pants and that any technology more advanced than a radio is hell worthy
 

Troj

Your Friendly Neighborhood Dino Therapist
The Bay Area is pretty chill towards furries.

Colorado seems to be mixed, but the reactions are mostly neutral-to-positive. I've received three sexualized/negative remarks myself, and the local group sometimes pisses off the buskers who think the furries are stealing their thunder/money. Me, I've mostly been surprised by the teenage girls who'll cry out, "Oooh, furries! I LOVE FURRIES!" and then snap selfies with the local fursuiters.

I'll let you know about the Midwest once I move there and get settled :).
 
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Jaden Darchon

Guest
Down here in So Cal (San Diego) people are generally "whatever" or positive about it. It definitely depends on the area though; just going to throw out there that La Jolla sucks and they'll raise an eyebrow at people doing something as heinous as driving a Honda (GASP!). Jerks.

I've partial'd playing pool, bowling, movies, etc... and have only once or twice got a semi-negative (jeers, snickering) reaction. As I said - most people are whatever and will treat you like anyone else no problem. Once in a long while someone will laugh or whatever, but it's actually pretty dang rare. Now what's not as great is when people start getting weird and following you around, but that's more of a byproduct of walking around at midnight.

Suiters are generally smiled upon and welcome in a lot of establishments. There's almost always a family/group with kids that wants to get in on the action which is always fun (granted, suiting isn't MY thing, but yeah). Cool to hear that the Bay is chill towards furs; I was raised around the San Jose area and may eventually move back up there. Kinda OT but NorCal and SoCal are like two totally diff states.
 
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Troj

Your Friendly Neighborhood Dino Therapist
During FC in San Jose, some of the volleyball moms and their daughters will sometimes get snotty and snide with the furries, but I don't think they're all necessarily Californians, and either way, bitches gonna bitch.
 

Sergalmedic

Clear!
If someone were to wear ears and a tail around New Haven, it would depend on where they were at. Downtown and around Yale,nobody would really care and some people would think it's cool. Just about everywhere else in the city they'd be asking to get robbed and/or jumped.
 

SkyboundTerror

Thrashing About
During FC in San Jose, some of the volleyball moms and their daughters will sometimes get snotty and snide with the furries, but I don't think they're all necessarily Californians, and either way, bitches gonna bitch.

It's a beautiful clash of worlds. I have seen some furs mock and tease the volleyball girls to return the favor, in good nature, of course.
 

Fallowfox

Are we moomin, or are we dancer?
The Bay Area is pretty chill towards furries.

Colorado seems to be mixed, but the reactions are mostly neutral-to-positive. I've received three sexualized/negative remarks myself, and the local group sometimes pisses off the buskers who think the furries are stealing their thunder/money. Me, I've mostly been surprised by the teenage girls who'll cry out, "Oooh, furries! I LOVE FURRIES!" and then snap selfies with the local fursuiters.

I'll let you know about the Midwest once I move there and get settled :).

Teenage boys; that is how you get the girls.
 

Ieono

Uberaffe
People in my current area could care less what you do. Most people here are too self-absorbed to notice what anyone else is up to, heh.
 
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