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Gordon Weeks

New Member
Hi, I'm writing an article on what it means to be a Furry and a member of the Furry community. I have 5 questions I would like to ask and would appreciate any responses and insight. Personal anecdotes are encouraged!

1) How does one discover their fursona? What forms of initiation take place when you do figure it out?

2) What are some examples of language or lingo that is exclusive to the Furry community?

3) What is your favorite thing about being apart of the Furry community? How would you describe the community? How long have you been a member? How has it changed?

4) What are Furry meetups or conventions like? What is the atmosphere? What are the activities and events? How do fellow furries interact with each other?

5) What describes the Furry aesthetic? How has it evolved?
 

VeeStars

uh I can explain?
Hi, I'm writing an article on what it means to be a Furry and a member of the Furry community. I have 5 questions I would like to ask and would appreciate any responses and insight. Personal anecdotes are encouraged!

1) How does one discover their fursona? What forms of initiation take place when you do figure it out?

2) What are some examples of language or lingo that is exclusive to the Furry community?

3) What is your favorite thing about being apart of the Furry community? How would you describe the community? How long have you been a member? How has it changed?

4) What are Furry meetups or conventions like? What is the atmosphere? What are the activities and events? How do fellow furries interact with each other?

5) What describes the Furry aesthetic? How has it evolved?
Hai! I only have really short answers, but hopefully I can help.

1. I don't really know. For me at least, when I make fursonas (yes, some people have more than one) it just kind of clicks. Also, not all furries have one, some have more, some don't have one at all.

2. Prepare to cringe:
awoo OwO UwU nyoom fursona

^ Those are some words I can think of.

3. I've been around for a few years. I like this community because it's generally been pretty nice to be a part of. Almost like having another friend group. Most people (at least here, on FA) are kind and awesome people.

4. I don't know. I have never been to one.

5. I don't really know how to answer that one, what do you mean by furry aesthetic?
 

Gordon Weeks

New Member
Thank you for replying! By aesthetic I mean how would you generally describe the image of Furries or furry culture. Are than any specific visual identifiers besides a fursuit maybe? Also if could you define the slang.
 

VeeStars

uh I can explain?
Thank you for replying! By aesthetic I mean how would you generally describe the image of Furries or furry culture. Are than any specific visual identifiers besides a fursuit maybe? Also if could you define the slang.
The words I listed are pretty meaningless. OwO, UwU, and :3 are just faces, or emoticons. They're like typing this : - ).Awoo, that's just a noise I think.

I don't know about visual identifiers because there are a wide range of styles in the community. Also, not everyone is open about being furry in public (me included), so you can't always just spot one.

If you mean the image of furries as in how others perceive us, then it's pretty negative. People often see the vocal minority of the few weirdos that do wierd things.
 
Hi, I'm writing an article on what it means to be a Furry and a member of the Furry community. I have 5 questions I would like to ask and would appreciate any responses and insight. Personal anecdotes are encouraged!

1) How does one discover their fursona? What forms of initiation take place when you do figure it out?

2) What are some examples of language or lingo that is exclusive to the Furry community?

3) What is your favorite thing about being apart of the Furry community? How would you describe the community? How long have you been a member? How has it changed?

4) What are Furry meetups or conventions like? What is the atmosphere? What are the activities and events? How do fellow furries interact with each other?

5) What describes the Furry aesthetic? How has it evolved?

1. The ducks were always my favorite cartoon characters so I was already locked into being a duck. I wanted to differentiate myself from their tradition design so I looked up different species and as soon as I saw a red breasted merganser I instantly knew that was it. Happy coincidence that many of their behaviors are parallel to my own personality.

2. I'll defer to others for this one.

3A. Favorite thing is the friends I've made, followed by the amazing art.
3B. I'd say the community is a diverse group of artists, entertainers, craftspeople, musicians, authors etc, and their fans who carry the theme of appreciating anthropomorphic animals.
3C. I officially signed up about a year and half ago.
3D. I don't think I've been in long enough to realize any changes yet.

4. I've been to one meetup and it was fun. It was a group of about 20 people hanging out, eating, chatting, playing video games, drawing, and fursuiting. Everyone was very mellow and welcoming.

5. Given the diversity and interests that each person brings to the fandom, I'm not sure there's any universal identifiers. It's not something I advertise, but I wouldn't deny it.
 

TheCynicalViet

Well-Known Member
Hi, I'm writing an article on what it means to be a Furry and a member of the Furry community. I have 5 questions I would like to ask and would appreciate any responses and insight. Personal anecdotes are encouraged!

1) How does one discover their fursona? What forms of initiation take place when you do figure it out?

2) What are some examples of language or lingo that is exclusive to the Furry community?

3) What is your favorite thing about being apart of the Furry community? How would you describe the community? How long have you been a member? How has it changed?

4) What are Furry meetups or conventions like? What is the atmosphere? What are the activities and events? How do fellow furries interact with each other?

5) What describes the Furry aesthetic? How has it evolved?
1) Discovering a fursona can fall into two different categories: you choose them cause they're cool or you choose them because the animal is associated with a trait that resonates with you. I don't know what other initiations could possibly take place aside from redesigning or rethinking what your fursona actually is. People constantly change and, as such, a fursona must change if they are intended as a reflection of the person.

2) Please, please, PLEASE if you are turning in this paper to professor or something then I beg of you to quote these lines: "
Rawr x3 nuzzles how are you pounces on you you're so warm o3o notices you have a bulge o: someone's happy ;) nuzzles your necky wecky~ murr~ hehehe rubbies your bulgy wolgy you're so big :eek:ooo rubbies more on your bulgy wolgy it doesn't stop growing ·///· kisses you and lickies your necky daddy likies (; nuzzles wuzzles I hope daddy really likes $: wiggles butt and squirms I want to see your big daddy meat~ wiggles butt I have a little itch o3o wags tail can you please get my itch~ puts paws on your chest nyea~ its a seven inch itch rubs your chest can you help me pwease squirms pwetty pwease sad face I need to be punished runs paws down your chest and bites lip like I need to be punished really good~ paws on your bulge as I lick my lips I'm getting thirsty. I can go for some milk unbuttons your pants as my eyes glow you smell so musky :v licks shaft mmmm~"

5) The aesthetic in terms of furry art in the West has evolved ever since the 1950's. Check out Down The Rabbit Hole's video on furries for a more detailed info but basically the furry aesthetic started off very cartoony and inspired by early Disney Entertainment but eventually was refined while still maintaining a western-cartoony look. I'd also recommend you to do some research on Japanese furries since their overall aesthetic in regards to furry is extremely different to ours.
 

Liseran Thistle

They/Them
1) Discovering a fursona can fall into two different categories: you choose them cause they're cool or you choose them because the animal is associated with a trait that resonates with you. I don't know what other initiations could possibly take place aside from redesigning or rethinking what your fursona actually is. People constantly change and, as such, a fursona must change if they are intended as a reflection of the person.

2) Please, please, PLEASE if you are turning in this paper to professor or something then I beg of you to quote these lines: "
Rawr x3 nuzzles how are you pounces on you you're so warm o3o notices you have a bulge o: someone's happy ;) nuzzles your necky wecky~ murr~ hehehe rubbies your bulgy wolgy you're so big :eek:ooo rubbies more on your bulgy wolgy it doesn't stop growing ·///· kisses you and lickies your necky daddy likies (; nuzzles wuzzles I hope daddy really likes $: wiggles butt and squirms I want to see your big daddy meat~ wiggles butt I have a little itch o3o wags tail can you please get my itch~ puts paws on your chest nyea~ its a seven inch itch rubs your chest can you help me pwease squirms pwetty pwease sad face I need to be punished runs paws down your chest and bites lip like I need to be punished really good~ paws on your bulge as I lick my lips I'm getting thirsty. I can go for some milk unbuttons your pants as my eyes glow you smell so musky :v licks shaft mmmm~"

5) The aesthetic in terms of furry art in the West has evolved ever since the 1950's. Check out Down The Rabbit Hole's video on furries for a more detailed info but basically the furry aesthetic started off very cartoony and inspired by early Disney Entertainment but eventually was refined while still maintaining a western-cartoony look. I'd also recommend you to do some research on Japanese furries since their overall aesthetic in regards to furry is extremely different to ours.


Here's a video of the bad copypasta, lol. So you can get a feel of what it would sound like to say this aloud. anyway.

1. My fursona's a Deer, because one time I watched Bambi and never got over it. That's it, that's literally the only reason, I just think Deer are cute. There is no initiation or whatever, there's nothing official about this community, it's so large and wide spread that the only thing some furries have in common is liking Anthropomorphic animals (Animals that walk on two legs) And even then, there are furries who don't even like animals when they're drawn that way, they prefer animals that walk on all fours or naturally.

2. "OwO, What's this?"- this is a shitpost, it means nothing but to make someone else cringe horribly. It is a phrase people use to make fun of Furry roleplay, something that can be extremely odd and embarrassing to read to people who don't partake in it.

"X3" Is supposed to look like a face. It's an emoticon, basically. It's the same as :3, which is also a face. These emoticons sort of originated from what is known as "Kaomoji's" which are those cute Japanese emoticons you see sometimes like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ except they all directly reference animals. When someone goes :3 they're making an emoticon that's supposed to look like a cat, or a dog, or anything with a muzzle really. x3 is an animal with a muzzle that's smiling, but that also has it's eyes closed.

*Pounces on you*- Furry's roleplay with asterisks, and this is how they differentiate between what they're saying and what they're doing to someone else in text-based roleplay.

5. There's no particular "style" though the most obvious is fursuits. Fursuits, unknown to a lot of non-furries, have many different styles, however. For example:

Here's the western style of Fursuit, the one that most people see and recognize as "furry". It's also the one used the most here in the states.
fursuit 1.jpg

and here's what's called Kemono Style, the style of fursuit that's often found in Japan:
Fursuit 2.jpg

There's also a lot of differentiation between fursona's in digital and traditional artwork. Some furries like "feral" animals, basically animals that walk naturally. While others are prone to "Anthros" furries that walk on two legs. And there's even some distinction between how you draw the legs and arms of these furry characters.

Digitigrade legs are when you draw the Fursona with legs that look more akin to real animal anatomy. Whereas Plantigrade is when the furry has legs that are structured more like a human.
Digi and Planti.jpg

If you would like a more visual representation of a character with these kinds of legs, Disney has already done it. In the movie "Robin Hood", all the animals have Plantigrade style legs:
Robin Hood.jpg

Whereas in "Zootopia" all the animals have "Digitigrade" legs:
Zootopia.png

Anyway, I hope this helps. I personally have been in the furry fandom for about 2 years (according to the creation of this account lol).
 

BlackDragonAJ89

Bumbling Everyman
1) How does one discover their fursona? What forms of initiation take place when you do figure it out?

For me it was just experimenting and figuring out what would work for me in other things I wanted to do. How I got to this cross between a regal Chinese mythological creature and sad Nordic slop was from a lot of research for the most part.

2) What are some examples of language or lingo that is exclusive to the Furry community?

There's only one word you really need to know that actually has any meaning: YIFF. A very odd choice for an euphemism for sex and porn, stated to have come from a sound that a happy fox makes, but really sounds more like angry hiss of a bird if you ask me. Everything else is either just an onomatopoeia ("murr" being an example, which anything from animals to engines can make) to just being an emoticon (like OwO and V.=.V ).

3) What is your favorite thing about being apart of the Furry community? How would you describe the community? How long have you been a member? How has it changed?

That most of the content is original and often created by ordinary people, and that there's bound to be more variety/something you want from all of it, rather than just being whatever a corporation pumps out. That's about all there is to me about it.

5) What describes the Furry aesthetic? How has it evolved?

Honestly, for me to describe just anthropomorphic artwork in general could very easily be a college essay. We're talking for as long as humans could think about more than hunting and gathering, that virtually anything could be "humanized" for just about any purpose. Obviously most of the artwork people post here is geared more towards entertainment than anything else (yes, even THAT kind), and often doesn't really hold that much deeper meaning.

Also take into account that most people will not have the same exact experiences and exposure to the same kinds of works as everyone else. Personally I hated Disney cartoons and never watched them, often only really watching Bluth's cartoons if even that. I did play a lot of video games though and have interest in regular old art, which probably reflects in my drawings.

Trying to pin down a single "aesthetic" is difficult because as community full of different people, there are several different "camps" of artists. Some artists use a more cartoonish, often pastel colored style. Others aim for hyper-realism. Some are very abstract. I just focus on believable forms and add enough detail when necessary.
 

Kinare

RAWR
1) How does one discover their fursona? What forms of initiation take place when you do figure it out

There is no one process or "initiation". Some people know immediately what fursona they will have, some people have multiple, some people take a long time to find their exact character (me), and some never make one.

2) What are some examples of language or lingo that is exclusive to the Furry community?

Yeah, as others said... yiff.

3) What is your favorite thing about being apart of the Furry community? How would you describe the community? How long have you been a member? How has it changed?

Favorite thing? Idk, I guess just being around people who appreciate animals and anthros as much as I do. It gives me an excuse to socialize and potentially find friends, and despite my social... lackings, I have been able to find some here and there.

I've "been a member" for a few years now, though only in the last year have I really embraced it and become active in various places.

4) What are Furry meetups or conventions like? What is the atmosphere? What are the activities and events? How do fellow furries interact with each other?

Can't respond to this as I have not been.

5) What describes the Furry aesthetic? How has it evolved?

The only thing visually that all furries will have in common is everything is anthro animals. There is no one art style. Semi-realism and cartoony are both just as popular from what I've seen.
 
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Deleted member 82554

Guest
Look at and share massive amounts of furry porn, not give a shit about anything or anyone, be socially awkward as fuck.

That's all you need to know...
 
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Deleted member 82554

Guest
The cover was poorly constructed and doomed to fail.
 

Foxy Emy

*Mischivious Noises*
Hi, I'm writing an article on what it means to be a Furry and a member of the Furry community. I have 5 questions I would like to ask and would appreciate any responses and insight. Personal anecdotes are encouraged!

1) How does one discover their fursona? What forms of initiation take place when you do figure it out?

2) What are some examples of language or lingo that is exclusive to the Furry community?

3) What is your favorite thing about being apart of the Furry community? How would you describe the community? How long have you been a member? How has it changed?

4) What are Furry meetups or conventions like? What is the atmosphere? What are the activities and events? How do fellow furries interact with each other?

5) What describes the Furry aesthetic? How has it evolved?

  1. IDK. I had mine before I joined the fandom. I had a character from a Pathfinder campaign (sort of like Dungeons & Dragons) which I already had art of. So I guess I just sort of imported her into the fandom when I joined. ^w^
  2. UwU, OwO, ^w^ ÔmÔ, ŪmŪ, ^m^, ÕvÕ, ŲvŲ, and ^v^ to name a few. Plus "Feathery" and "Scaly" which a variants on "Furry" for birbs and reptiles.
  3. Furs show a lot of support for each other no matter the walk of life. There is little tolerance for hate. Like, we blew through a GoFundMe to help a community member get out of debt. I have been in the community for at least 2 years now. As far as changing, faces come and go and for every 1 that leaves the community, 2 more join!
  4. I have no idea! Never got the chance to go. ŲwŲ
  5. There is no specific aesthetic in my mind. There is a lot of Disneyish type art, but I have also seen super realistic looking art. It is less of an aesthetic within a medium and more of a medium of expression in and of itself. This question is like asking "what is the aesthetic of video entertainment."
 

Bluefiremark II

Magic Blue Phoenix
1. Picking your fursona is all about you. What do you like and or what could you see yourself in? For me, it was tough. I bounced around a bit. Wolf, dragon were my first big ideas.. but i wanted to be more.. unique, so i went with a pheonix. I didn't love them at the time just cool, now they're definitely a favorite ^^

2. As everyone's said, the faces and emotes. OwO and uwu and stuff, fursona, scalie, feathery, some animal noises like chirp, awoo, bark.. nothing much really just lols and giggles have fun.

3. My favorite part of the community is how nice a majority are, and the fact that a lot of people roleplay! I've always liked roleplay since a young age so it's nice that in the fandom i still have it. I try not to do nsfw stuff though, so don't get confused with THAT type of RP... I'm more adventurous type.

4. I have NO idea.. I've never been, never seen. Only saw a few videos and that doesn't give you the personal experience to really say. So i dunno. It's a misconception that furries attend lots of cons and wear suits. Suits are expensive as heck... so i neither own a suit and have not gone to a con yet whatsoever.

5. The only thing that is "furry" about the furry fandom for aesthetic is.. anthropomorphic animals. Doesn't matter if it doesn't have fur. If it's cutsie, horrific, nsfw, sfw, cartoony, realistic, plantigrade legs, digigrade legs, fantasy, etc. As long as it is an animal with humanlike qualities, (doesn't even need to stand on 2 legs to count, ferals are a part of the community too) then it counts. There's not really one defining role in the fandom. You can be anything.
 

hazmat_doormat

SILLY BIOHAZARD!
1) How does one discover their fursona? What forms of initiation take place when you do figure it out?

I went with a rat because they’re fun to draw in my style (sharp angles, messy shadows) and to be honest because I don’t have the highest opinion of myself. A rat suits me: small, kind of weak but has a temper, basically lives in a trash can, surprisingly friendly to some, and has bad teeth. The first thing I did when I came up with Doormat was sketch her a couple of times to get the design exactly right, and to make sure that this was a character who I could identify with. Then, because she’s not a complete self-insert, I wrote out a few sample sentences to try and get a feel for how she’d speak and interact.

2) What are some examples of language or lingo that is exclusive to the Furry community?

We say ‘uwu’ a lot. Not all of us, but a lot of us. There are the obvious ones (fursona etc) but there’s also a bunch of jargon that people who wear and make suits use. The fursuit gloves are ‘handpaws’. The shoes are ‘footpaws’. The word ‘fursona’ is often shortened to ‘sona’. I’d think of more but I’m tired.

3) What is your favorite thing about being apart of the Furry community? How would you describe the community? How long have you been a member? How has it changed?

I’ve been a member for about 5 years now, and I was definitely more involved with the fandom when I first started. I’d describe it as a big pack of creative misfits who want to set aside their differences for the purpose of shared interests. I’d say the main way it’s changed since I joined is that it’s become more mainstream, partly because it’s the subject of so many memes and partly because there’s more of a crossover with other fandoms (especially people who like anime - beastars anyone?) It also no longer lives up to the stereotype of being composed of creepy old men. Most furries I’ve met irl have been female.

4) What are Furry meetups or conventions like? What is the atmosphere? What are the activities and events? How do fellow furries interact with each other?

I’ve never been to a furry meet-up of any kind. Perhaps I will at some point.

5) What describes the Furry aesthetic? How has it evolved?

I can describe it in terms of the furry art aesthetic. The three most prevalent styles that I see are the comic book style (which portrays furries in a detailed way with humanlike anatomy), the anime inspired style (self-explanatory) and the toony style (these are what a lot of fursuits look like, with big, friendly eyes and exaggerated expressions.) Among younger furries there’s a kind of simplified style, especially in animation, that takes inspiration from anime but is much more basic and usually humorous.
 

pinecones

Well-Known Member
1) How does one discover their fursona? What forms of initiation take place when you do figure it out?
It's a personal and subjective process. Some know instantly what their fursona looks like and how they behave, some like myself go through their interests and discover it with more thought. I have many varied interests, and appreciate a lot of animals - both extinct and extant - and that is the point I am currently in. I think I'll know it when I discover it. I'm taking my time creating my fursona. I'm uncertain of any forms of initiation, given how new this culture is to me. I just looked for furries on the internet, and wound up here.

2) What are some examples of language or lingo that is exclusive to the Furry community?
OWO, UWU, :3
( = o.o )=
I don't know of much, and these I learned from memes, rather than the community itself. I don't indulge in this aspect personally.
There are terms exclusive to the community, but there meanings are often indistinct and the lines typically blur. For instance, a furry or fursona does not necessarily imply the presence of fur. There is a hugely wide range of "furry" characters, and the only limit is the size of imagination.

3) What is your favorite thing about being apart of the Furry community? How would you describe the community? How long have you been a member? How has it changed?
The Furry community is vast and encompasses many separate subcultures, forms of art, interests, and communities within it. I would say if one enjoys creating or acting as characters that are non-human but have personified qualities, then they could be considered a furry, but anyone who really wants to be a furry is most often welcome, regardless of how well they fit within the definition.
I haven't been a member even a year, but I've always had these tendencies. As a child, the first thing I told people about myself was how much I loved animals. I enjoy wearing and creating costumes, though I don't often have a clear reason to dress up. For me, self-expression using aspects of nature is my nature.
I think the community has grown, in both recognition and members. It existed long before the internet, and will likely continue after it, under a different name. Only recently did public perception become less violent and uncomfortable. I think the general public understands that, on the whole, the furry community is just a subculture with very human interests. There are extremists, as in any group. I cannot say how many are part of the "nsfw" portion of the community.

4) What are Furry meetups or conventions like? What is the atmosphere? What are the activities and events? How do fellow furries interact with each other?
I have never visited a furry convention, and never been in a physical gathering.

5) What describes the Furry aesthetic? How has it evolved?
There is no single aesthetic, but there is a recognizable style that is highly influenced - I believe - by 20th century animation and art, designed for children. Adults still enjoy the style, but originally, the art was made to be appealing to children, and to easily communicate an idea and message. "This character is evil and twisted, this character is young and spunky, this character is big and jolly"
I can imagine why the style became popular. Not all furries are artists, though there are many, and some people spread this style farther, because it is easy to learn and highly versatile.
 

MaelstromEyre

Slippery When Wet
1) How does one discover their fursona? What forms of initiation take place when you do figure it out?
There is no initiation or ceremony. No rituals or baptisms or classes or any of that. You may pick one thing and either scrap it and start over completely, or evolve it over time. You don't have to register it or anything to be recognized. It's yours. Just don't copy someone else's and you're good to go.

2) What are some examples of language or lingo that is exclusive to the Furry community?
Some people use furry puns as part of talking, like "awesome = pawsome" or saying "facepaw" instead of "facepalm." "Popufur" is used to describe someone in the community who has developed a following of their own, for whatever reason. "Fursecution" is used when people think they have been unfairly singled out or their rights infringed upon because they are a furry. Examples of this might be a boss telling an employee they cannot wear their ears or tails to work. There are some species known among the fandom that most "normal" people have never heard of, like Sergals and Angel Dragons/Dutch Angel Dragons.

3) What is your favorite thing about being apart of the Furry community? How would you describe the community? How long have you been a member? How has it changed?
I am really not very involved in the community itself, I don't go to cons or meetups or anything, I don't fursuit. I think the community is pretty diverse, they're generally pretty welcoming of all types of people. There are some jerks and creepers, of course. I have always been a furry at heart, just never considered myself part of the fandom for years due to it's reputation as a "sex thing." But I love that I am not the only adult who likes "animal characters."

4) What are Furry meetups or conventions like? What is the atmosphere? What are the activities and events? How do fellow furries interact with each other?
I have never been to one. As far as I know, I have never met another furry in person. I am not a "huggy" type and I have heard some not so great things about issues with men at cons who are a bit too friendly with the women.

5) What describes the Furry aesthetic? How has it evolved?
I personally prefer more "classic" animation style art. I know a lot of the younger artists have been influenced by the Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network animated shows, as well as anime, but I really don't care for those styles, particularly anime. I have found that, as long as someone doesn't go out of their way to insult another person's art style preferences, people are okay with differences of opinion on that matter.
 

hara-surya

Deviated Prevert
Hi, I'm writing an article on what it means to be a Furry and a member of the Furry community. I have 5 questions I would like to ask and would appreciate any responses and insight. Personal anecdotes are encouraged!

1) How does one discover their fursona? What forms of initiation take place when you do figure it out?

I don't have one. I have a persona I use online that isn't my real self, but she's perfectly human. Her backstory is that I played a character with her name on Second Life and eventually developed her into a unique personality.

2) What are some examples of language or lingo that is exclusive to the Furry community?

Fursona: Furry Persona

Yiff: Have sex, sexual content (typically considered playful)
Yiffy: horny, sexy (typically considered playful)

3) What is your favorite thing about being apart of the Furry community? How would you describe the community? How long have you been a member? How has it changed?

I've been involved since about 2000 and I'll say I find the community generally friendly and open minded. Let's face it, Furries are one of the Internet punching bags so there's a lot of solidarity between those who identify as one. Having said that, you still get a similar cross section of overall society. I'll risk suggesting that Furries are generally more open minded about sex, kink and LBTGQ+ matters.

4) What are Furry meetups or conventions like? What is the atmosphere? What are the activities and events? How do fellow furries interact with each other?

Not terribly different from other types of "Nerd Conventions" other than the fact cosplaying revolves more around animal costumes. It's rare for there to be famous celebrities appearing at one. Artists have a stronger showing and the "artist's alley" is a highlight for a lot of people. Besides that, there's a lot of meet and greet between people who might only know each other online and places to just socialize and "let your freak flag fly"

5) What describes the Furry aesthetic? How has it evolved?

Ask 20 self-identified Furries this question and you'll get 30 answers. For me it revolves around the aesthetic of anthropomorphic animals, but takes seriously as opposed to a children's theme. I think visibility of the sub-culture has lead to a larger number of talented creatives creating high-quality content, where their focus might have been elsewhere before.
 

Chomby

I'll poke your butt.
1) How does one discover their fursona? What forms of initiation take place when you do figure it out?

There are many different ways. For some, the process can be long and difficult due primarily to indecisiveness, and for others, a species clicks for them right away. I was really indecisive and kept leaving the fandom due to frustration. It wasn't until I linked other interests I had later on to my characters that it finally clicked for me.

There's no initiation, really. The only thing you get with a fursona is a stronger attachment I think and sharing that with many others. It's just another thing to have in common, but is certainly not a requirement.

2) What are some examples of language or lingo that is exclusive to the Furry community?

Yiff: Furry smut
Awoo: A canine howling
Murr: It's just a random sound that an animal might make. It can mean contentment or can be sexual in nature I believe.
OwO/UwU: These are just random cute emoticons. I don't think they are exclusively "furry" since they are used heavily in the anime community as well.
Fursona: Furry persona
Scalie: A reptilian/amphibian anthro character
Feathery: I personally don't see this used a lot, but it refers to bird anthros.
Derg: A cute nickname for a dragon.
Birb: A cute nickname for a bird, though like OwO/UwU, I don't think it's exclusively "furry."
"OwO What's this?": I'm gonna be honest. I mostly see this as a reaction to a male character's genitalia.
Fursecution: Furry prejudice
Furmeet: A furry meet up

3) What is your favorite thing about being apart of the Furry community? How would you describe the community? How long have you been a member? How has it changed?

3A:
I just love the art and character creation. The community is very creative and you can come across anything really, whether that be good or bad. >_>

3B:
It's just a community consisting of a lump of people from all ages and backgrounds who share a love for anthropomorphic animals. The love varies and can be expressed in a multitude of different ways, whether it be through digital/traditional art, fursuits, dancing, roleplaying, going to a convention/furmeet, etc..

3C:
A little over a year and a half.

3D:
I think the popular art style has changed and the general audience has become more diverse. By diverse, I mean it consists of a lot more than older men now. In the past, there was a lot of "fursecution," which means we were hated simply because we were furries, and furries back then had a terrible reputation due to the media focusing on the select few sexual degenerates.

4) What are Furry meetups or conventions like? What is the atmosphere? What are the activities and events? How do fellow furries interact with each other?

4A:
I've never been to a convention because I simply can't afford it, but I went to a small local furmeet in October of last year. It was a fun experience. We all laughed and joked around while going on a cornfield scavenger hunt in the rain and mud. Two wore fursuit partials, and one just wore a tail. Everyone was really friendly.

4B:
The atmosphere is very welcoming and carefree.

4C:
The activities usually consist of making art, fursuiting, hugging, acting like your character, gaming, etc., etc.. Really every meet and con is different.

4D:
There is almost always hugging involved. Other interactions are included in my answers above.

5) What describes the Furry aesthetic? How has it evolved?

Well the furry aesthetic that people see the most of is the cartoony element. Many are inspired by cartoon characters, whether they're from tv shows, video games, comic books, etc.. I definitely think the style has changed. When I take a look at fursonas like three decades old, I definitely see art styles that look very similar to the Looney Tunes style. Nowadays, the most common style I see is a mix of the western and anime cartoon style.
 
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Shane the chocco doggo

Overly imaginative and lazy
1: My fursona is supposed to be a wolf but is more a scottie dog . I was making my sona a wolf because my personality seems to fit a lone wolf. Ive not been in the fandom long enough to know any forms of initiation.

2: i think all the owo stuff is lingo in the furry community although i never personally use the lingo

3: my favourite thing about this community is the art and music .the side of the community that just wants peace and freedom to be who we are and be proud . Ive not been in this community long enough to notice changes .and i think people who are not furries looking in on the community can be easily overwhelmed with the negative stuff. but i think as a furry myself there are some truly beautiful things that this community provides and can do such great things.

4: never been to a furry meet up so wouldn't know what its like .

5: aesthetic can be amounts of different things i wouldn't know how to describe it
 

Fallowfox

Are we moomin, or are we dancer?
Hi, I'm writing an article on what it means to be a Furry and a member of the Furry community. I have 5 questions I would like to ask and would appreciate any responses and insight. Personal anecdotes are encouraged!

1) How does one discover their fursona? What forms of initiation take place when you do figure it out?

2) What are some examples of language or lingo that is exclusive to the Furry community?

3) What is your favorite thing about being apart of the Furry community? How would you describe the community? How long have you been a member? How has it changed?

4) What are Furry meetups or conventions like? What is the atmosphere? What are the activities and events? How do fellow furries interact with each other?

5) What describes the Furry aesthetic? How has it evolved?

1) I don't actually have a fursona; not everybody does.

2) Everybody else's comments have already covered this.

3) The kinky stuff, if I'm honest! I've actually known I was a furry since I was 13 ( so I realised that before I realised I was gay ), but only began participating when I was 18. It's been several years since then.
Conventional online forums have tended to experience a loss of active users since then, with furries spending more time on platforms such as twitter or tiktok.

4) I've been to furmeets, but not to conventions. The furmeets ranged between awkward (so awkward I decided to leave after a woman tried to engage me in a conversation about rectal prolapse) and enjoyable. I remember going to one in a gay bar that was pretty fun.

5) I'm not sure I am knowledgeable enough about the 'furry aesthetic' to answer this question. There is a very wide repertoire of interests in the furry fandom, with several clusters of artistic activity.
 

Water Draco

Next LondonFurs?? Please stay tuned
1) How does one discover their fursona? What forms of initiation take place when you do figure it out?

My fursona is more a metaphoric representation of myself with elements of the design representing things that I personally significant.


2) What are some examples of language or lingo that is exclusive to the Furry community?

I believe others that have commented have covered this. The word play/puns can be fun because of the thought that goes into it. So you have to paws for thought.


3) What is your favorite thing about being apart of the Furry community? How would you describe the community? How long have you been a member? How has it changed?

The social side of the community I really enjoy. One common interest brings together so many from different backgrounds. I also enjoy being able to participate and contribute back into the community.

4) What are Furry meetups or conventions like? What is the atmosphere? What are the activities and events? How do fellow furries interact with each other?

I have not been to a con but I do goto a large meet that takes place. The atmosphere is a relaxed one at a bar. Mostly people chat, some stay in there groups while others will mingle. There are a variety of tabletop games that many will make use of. There are also artists, makers that attend that will be displaying there products/services. For those that suit the walk is an important aspect for them to be able to go out and interact with the general public. For myself this allows an opportunity to contribute back into the fandom.


5) What describes the Furry aesthetic? How has it evolved?

The variation between each individual and as what determines what is the furry aesthetic can make this difficult to pin particularly as a lot of imagination goes into this.
In simple terms furry is an abbreviation of saying "an interest in anthropomorphic characters". With such a lose description it is open to a wide interpretation.

One thing that does stand out is the level of acceptance and support that can be present. Coupled with the opportunity for people to do things in there own time at there own pace.
 
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