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Furry Positivity: Explaining Furries in a Carpool

Caryatid

Καρυάτις,
I was just reminded of an interesting incident that happened earlier this year, that I think you guys might find amusing and encouraging.

Anyway, I was taking a late-night vanpool back home with a bunch of other folks, complete strangers, etc. Usually these things are kind of awkward and I just chill in my seat until I get home, but a couple of theater students were being super chatty and friendly and I couldn't help but listen to and eventually join their conversation. I forgot exactly how we got on the subject, but everyone in the car somehow ended up talking about animals (think they might have been talking about Zootopia or something? I forget) and doing the whole "what animal would you be?" casual game, and from that "furries" were somehow brought up–not in a derogatory way, but just in a "huh i might have heard of that? sounds weird but interesting" way. I'm still fairly new to the community and all but I ended up explaining in a really basic way about furries according to my experience, clearing up some misconceptions and talking about some of the cool art I've seen, and folks were overall very interested and kept asking questions even though I'm still unsure how much they actually understood.

some of the weirder ones from what I remember:

"So if you're saying if I like ANY cartoon with animals in it i'm a furry?"
"uhhh not necessarily...A lot of furries like cartoons with animals but not everyone, it really depends"

"You say people sometimes wear suits?? What if you just wear one of those fluffy onesie animal pjs is that a fursuit?"

"not really??... but you could totally wear a onesie pj if you want lol"

"Can Mickey Mouse be my fursona?"

"uh"

"How do you even KNOW all this stuff?"

"hAH"


Anyway the Theater kids ended up getting off at their stop and I never saw them again. It was a rather simple experience, but an overall positive one, so I thought I would share. If anyone has similar positive stories I'd love to hear!
 

Sarachaga

Definitely not a lizard
That's great!
I actually ended up talking about furries with a friend when we started to discuss internet subcultures. Interesting thing is that he never heard of furs so I explained to him what it was about. He seemed genuinely curious and fairly neutral about the subject so it was overall a good conversation.
 

Pompadork

Bowman
My dad whos pretty well versed in internet/geek culture asked me if there were any cons around the area I'm moving to and I had jokingly mentioned that I could take him to a furry con if he ever visits. He kinda did the whole "Ew! No thank you!" but then his girlfriend asked me what a furry was and as I explained, she thought it was the cutest thing. I showed them pictures of my fursona and a friends fursuit and they were both genuinely pretty interested! I don't think it's something either of them will ever really get honestly but I've casually mentioned it a few more times and my dad is definitely a lot less weirded out after I explained that it's pretty much just like any other fandom. I'm really hoping to get a fursuit in the future and I would love to surprise them some day, I'm sure his gf would absolutely love it. :'D
 

Caryatid

Καρυάτις,
Person: oh hey furries don't sound that bad, hah I wonder what it is they do..

Googles


Oh dear god.. Where is the eye bleach?!

Hahaha! When they got curious I did tell them that there is kind of an internet stigma, and warned them that they might find weird sexual material that might not necessarily be their cup of tea. But I also explained that while that might be the most well-known part of the reputation, it's not the end-all-be-all of Fur stuff and there's lots of variety, heh. They were very receptive and if they do end up looking at weird stuff.. well that's all on them now lol
 

Caryatid

Καρυάτις,
That's great!
I actually ended up talking about furries with a friend when we started to discuss internet subcultures. Interesting thing is that he never heard of furs so I explained to him what it was about. He seemed genuinely curious and fairly neutral about the subject so it was overall a good conversation.
I feel like most people who haven't heard of it are usually pretty chill to the idea. idk how the deal with furries being a specifically weird internet meme came from, since there are definitely even more niche things on the Internet to be weirded out by, but *shrug.* I'm guessing it's a combination of a fairly simple and easy to grasp concept (in general, people who are interested in/identify with anthropomorphized animal characters), that ends up having even more specific subcultures within it (i.e., people who enjoy various types of fetishes, furry porn, etc) that might be harder to understand.

Great to hear you also had a positive experience!
 

TheFoxFreedom

Just discovered i have passion to help :D
I was just reminded of an interesting incident that happened earlier this year, that I think you guys might find amusing and encouraging.

Anyway, I was taking a late-night vanpool back home with a bunch of other folks, complete strangers, etc. Usually these things are kind of awkward and I just chill in my seat until I get home, but a couple of theater students were being super chatty and friendly and I couldn't help but listen to and eventually join their conversation. I forgot exactly how we got on the subject, but everyone in the car somehow ended up talking about animals (think they might have been talking about Zootopia or something? I forget) and doing the whole "what animal would you be?" casual game, and from that "furries" were somehow brought up–not in a derogatory way, but just in a "huh i might have heard of that? sounds weird but interesting" way. I'm still fairly new to the community and all but I ended up explaining in a really basic way about furries according to my experience, clearing up some misconceptions and talking about some of the cool art I've seen, and folks were overall very interested and kept asking questions even though I'm still unsure how much they actually understood.

some of the weirder ones from what I remember:

"So if you're saying if I like ANY cartoon with animals in it i'm a furry?"
"uhhh not necessarily...A lot of furries like cartoons with animals but not everyone, it really depends"

"You say people sometimes wear suits?? What if you just wear one of those fluffy onesie animal pjs is that a fursuit?"

"not really??... but you could totally wear a onesie pj if you want lol"

"Can Mickey Mouse be my fursona?"

"uh"

"How do you even KNOW all this stuff?"

"hAH"


Anyway the Theater kids ended up getting off at their stop and I never saw them again. It was a rather simple experience, but an overall positive one, so I thought I would share. If anyone has similar positive stories I'd love to hear!
gr8 story right there :0
 
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