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Gender Allocation in the Fandom

Reiv

I still have problems accepting that I'm a furry
I've been thinking a lot about this. Are there more boys in the fandom then girls? I've never been to a furry convention or anything like that so I don't know about that.

I really hope I don't start a fire in this thread....
 
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Deleted member 82554

Guest
Statistically speaking, yes. Something like three quarters of the fandom are predominantly male. As to why, beats me.
 

kidchameleon

Obsessed With Shapes & Colours
I know that locally the furry scene is a bit of a sausage party, with - I believe - maybe 3 females and then just a seemingly endless swath of males who, at this point, have basically just merged into a squirming, faceless mass of flesh and fur. Not sure if that's a common ratio though, I would like to think it isn't.
 

kidchameleon

Obsessed With Shapes & Colours
We're all gay so yes.
Girls can be gay too, you realize? I heard a story about them once, they're called thesbians and they definitely do exist.

Patrick Stewart was one. You know, that bald lady from the X-Men movies?
 
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Fallowfox

Are we moomin, or are we dancer?
Yeah, the fandom is mostly comprised of men. It's not completely clear why.

Perhaps there are just as many women out there who would love furry things, but they don't happen to come across furry content and realise 'oh, this is me!'.
 

kidchameleon

Obsessed With Shapes & Colours
There are more male furries than female furries, but among furry artists the women outnumber the men. At least they do at Anthrocon.
I had to think about this for a minute, but in my local fur group there are like 3 females, a whole bunch of males and I've just realized there are literally the same number of artists from both sides (2). I'm never not going to be acutely aware of this from now on XD
 

Fallowfox

Are we moomin, or are we dancer?
I had to think about this for a minute, but in my local fur group there are like 3 females, a whole bunch of males and I've just realized there are literally the same number of artists from both sides (2). I'm never not going to be acutely aware of this from now on XD


Women come to the fandom to make art.

Men come to the fandom to look at porn.

...I mean, I'm joking, but it's kinda true.
 

quoting_mungo

Well-Known Member
I've yet to see methodologically sound statistics regarding furry fandom makeup; the surveys that exist do not use selection criteria that make it safe to assume they're representative of the fandom as a whole. If anything, I think claims that men oh-so-vastly outnumber women are self-reinforcing; looking at another group that is widely perceived to consist predominantly of men, female gamers anecdotally seem to be less likely than male gamers to disclose their sex/gender, and this appears to be more prevalent in contexts where there is a strong perception of the group being male-dominated.

Not saying that talking about the "low" number of women in furry fandom will stop women from joining, but it definitely can be a factor in them just not choosing to make their presence (or gender) known.
 

Apoc-Volkov

Mechanical Mind
Much of this is pretty evident in the appeal the Fandom has towards its constituent demographics. The significant prevalence of LGBT members, for instance, hints at their collective desire to express themselves in ways they wouldn't otherwise be able to in real life - something the Fandom caters to really well - and the artistic aspect is the most common draw for females entering many fandoms.
 

Fallowfox

Are we moomin, or are we dancer?
I've yet to see methodologically sound statistics regarding furry fandom makeup; the surveys that exist do not use selection criteria that make it safe to assume they're representative of the fandom as a whole. If anything, I think claims that men oh-so-vastly outnumber women are self-reinforcing; looking at another group that is widely perceived to consist predominantly of men, female gamers anecdotally seem to be less likely than male gamers to disclose their sex/gender, and this appears to be more prevalent in contexts where there is a strong perception of the group being male-dominated.

Not saying that talking about the "low" number of women in furry fandom will stop women from joining, but it definitely can be a factor in them just not choosing to make their presence (or gender) known.

So perhaps we could contrive a conservative means of estimating a 'maximum' number of women in the fandom, by doing a trawl of random accounts or random convention attendees and starting with the assumption that they're all women. Then we could remove those that were identifiable as men.

That method would at the very least be robust to a self-selection bias favouring male responses.
 

Julen

✮ Banter Squad Member ✮
why would anyone care tho lmao
 

Le Chat Nécro

most thugged-out dope hoe
My experience has been about 50/50, maybe skewed a bit more towards dudes. But that's hardly good science.
 

pippi

Stinky Skunk
from what I've seen, yeah there's way more guys. people usually assume i'm a guy too. lmao
 

Slytherin Umbreon

Black Lives Matter
why would anyone care tho lmao
Nerds have a fetish for data/#straight men need sex too (all people sex crazed perverts!)/concerns that some aspect of the fandom turns women away/is unwelcoming.
Like being constantly surrounded by nerds with poor social skills.
Or being discussed as if they were a rare commodity we desire to acquire more of.

/ARE FURRIES SEXIST? NEW DATA FROM ANTHROCON WILL SHOCK YOU!

Disclaimer, this post is exaggerated for meme and humor.
 

Nihles

Pet foxxo
I. Demographics - FurScience

Relevant link. Some people with the background in social sciences put some effort time and money into this exact question. There are roughly 3 men for every woman, with a healthy handful of non-binary, trans, and fluid rounding it out. Yes, there are a LOT of gay men in the fandom - so much so that I have found myself assuming until proven otherwise without realizing T_T

My personal theory is that like with a lot of online spaces, it only takes one creepy pervert to scare a new girl away, so fewer females stick around.
 

quoting_mungo

Well-Known Member
I. Demographics - FurScience

Relevant link. Some people with the background in social sciences put some effort time and money into this exact question. There are roughly 3 men for every woman, with a healthy handful of non-binary, trans, and fluid rounding it out. Yes, there are a LOT of gay men in the fandom - so much so that I have found myself assuming until proven otherwise without realizing T_T
Without information about the participant selection process, I'd be hesitant to take that data as gospel - while I don't doubt it's representative for the participants, I don't share your confidence that it therefore is representative of fandom as a whole.

So perhaps we could contrive a conservative means of estimating a 'maximum' number of women in the fandom, by doing a trawl of random accounts or random convention attendees and starting with the assumption that they're all women. Then we could remove those that were identifiable as men.

That method would at the very least be robust to a self-selection bias favouring male responses.
Given a way to select random accounts, that would probably be the least biased plausible selection that could be made - while there will still be some bias due to e.g. variance in platform demographics (and I can't think of a way to entirely eliminate that; individuals with accounts on multiple platforms would have an increased likelihood of being selected if a survey was made across multiple platforms), the bias due to e.g. financial situation that cons would introduce would reasonably be lessened.
 
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Apoc-Volkov

Mechanical Mind
I. Demographics - FurScience

Relevant link. Some people with the background in social sciences put some effort time and money into this exact question. There are roughly 3 men for every woman, with a healthy handful of non-binary, trans, and fluid rounding it out. Yes, there are a LOT of gay men in the fandom - so much so that I have found myself assuming until proven otherwise without realizing T_T

My personal theory is that like with a lot of online spaces, it only takes one creepy pervert to scare a new girl away, so fewer females stick around.
I'm of a similar mind to Mungo here. Without knowing how the data was collected and from what source, its accuracy is questionable at best.

When the IARP - another research group focused on studying the Furry Fandom - does their annual surveys, they're pretty good at acknowledging that the vast majority of their data, being largely taken at conventions in North America and with restrictions on surveying minors, are heavily skewed towards adult North American convention attendees, and have been working to expand their survey group to mitigate this bias.
 
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