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It's something I've been curious to hear other people's opinions on, I personally have a sona, but don't understand much about the community. What makes you define yourself as a "furry"?
That makes sense! I guess I've always been unsure because from the outside, it seems almost like an exclusive club that if you don't participate actively in, you're not really a member.Thats.... kinda the point of the furry fandom. *Squint*
You have OCs that are based off of animals, in particular, an OC that represents yourself. I would say you can be in the furry fandom without having a sona.
But if you have a fursona, you're full blown, furry fandom card carrier. I draw the little pictures you use on your fandom card too. >u>
I've always been of the opinion that you are a furry if you identify as one. As in you are willing to say, even if to yourself, "Yeah I'm a furry." Having anthropomorphic characters/OCs does not necessarily mean you identify with the furry subculture more broadly, and you certainly don't need to have a fursona to identify with the subculture. Being a furry is extremely inclusive in that regard, and it's unfortunate in a way that people think they need to have an extremely personal fursona, a bunch of art, regular convention trips, and even a fursuit in order to be a "real furry".
It has more to do with identification into the subculture and activities within for me. I find that these are better markers of what a furry is, and especially the former.
I'm happy you're enjoying it so far! Hopefully you'll like to stick around. :')This is a very thorough answer, thank you! I think I occupy somewhat of an awkward place because while I enjoy making Artwork of the furry variety, I never got into the subculture, I just know of it. But diving more into it, every single person I've met online or irl are super cool and incredibly polite people
I would have to say yes on this question. If someone has an appreciation of anthro art, writings, etc., they may not be an actual Furry. If you go so far as to create a fursona, then yeah... You are definitely a Furry, and if you think otherwise, either you don't need to be in the Fandom, or you are in denial.