This is a throwaway account in case shit hits the fan here.
I know you're not supposed to take furry shit all that seriously, which I don't, but I'm tired of being associated with the degenerate and corrupt nature of this fandom.
I know there are many great, kind, and functional people in it, but there are also so many fucking creeps and enablers of said creeps. Burned furs wanted this fandom cleaned up, but when homophobes and prudes decided to associate themselves with it, it all fell apart.
Does there need to be another divide? I'm starting to think so. The word "furry" is so tarnished, and even though the stigma has lifted a little, it's still weird. Maybe we should let the creeps keep the name, and maybe the people who aren't zoosadist kiddy diddler soiled diaper flinging degenerates can call themselves something different.
I feel like this fandom is a banana with bruises here and there that I have to eat around. Why should I have to eat around it when I can get a fresher banana? Why do I subject myself to being associated with so many bad eggs?
I'm gonna call myself an "anthro" from now on. "Furry" is an adjective and describes mammals. There are several species in this fandom. Even bugs for fuck's sake. The name is tarnished, awkward, inaccurate, and outdated.
I'm sorry if I've offended my fellow anthro lovers here. I mean no ill will towards you.
Perhaps this can be seen as giving up, but I have the opinion that a clear divide is in order. We shouldn't all be mixed together under one label.
A few things I call myself:
Science fiction/fantasy fan, cartoonist, maker, weirdo... you get the point. It's definitely possible to like this stuff without accepting the furry moniker and its baggage, so I hear where you're coming from.
Looks like I'm on a roll with these kinds of comments. I wonder how many other threads with a similar focus...
The problem is that if you draw anthropomorphic animals, people are going to call you a furry. That's why I hate all the demonization so much because it doesn't just reflect on furries, it reflects on anyone who draws anthropomorphic animals.
I find that it doesn't stick as much when they're the ones doing the labeling. If anything, it rightly makes them look like they're the ones with the problem. Like, what if somebody is actually is a furry? That wouldn't be bad in and of itself, but they're not because they don't self-identify as one. At that point, it's best to just ignore them.The problem is that if you draw anthropomorphic animals, people are going to call you a furry. That's why I hate all the demonization so much because it doesn't just reflect on furries, it reflects on anyone who draws anthropomorphic animals.
Irony, I've been drawing Sonic stuff since 2010 and nobody really has called me a "furry", but then again my ideas and art are very dark and war-themed. People associate furry with yiffing, fursuits, diaperfurs, and that really creepy happy go lucky smile thing. Anthro art can be what I like, dark, gritty, even human themed. However, furries always have this sort of happy go fun world about their art, which then you see leads to porn. Anthro art can be fantasy, science fiction, horror, war-themed, ect. You can be an anthro enthusiast and not want to put on a fursuit, draw porn, or be an otherkin. You can also enjoy being a human too!
you know, Being misanthropic does not make you an otherkin. And honestly, I do not like serious artwork or characters. I like wacky and whimsical. Is that wrong? Cuz you make it seem like it is.
not to mention you can't go one day in this fandom, whether online or irl, without experiencing obnoxious quantities of sexual degeneracy. i literally need to take several day breaks from this fandom because it actually drives me up the wall how furries can't go 1 day without telling me about their sexual fantasies or trying to roleplay or flirt with me.
i feel like unless you're one of the weirdos, you genuinely need a steady balance of in and out of fandom social stimulation, or you'll actually blow your head off. i personally try to be as secretive as possible about being a furry outside the fandom, and even inside of it i often have to express my reluctance of it and constantly feel self-conscious that i acknowledge these problems and i'm still stuck in the fandom regardless. i constantly have to reassure myself that i'm nothing like the average furry.
Yes, One bad apple, it seems, spoils the bunch. It is not fair, because the rest of the apples may be ripe and delicious. Here is another I've heard often, "Opinions are like assholes. Every bodies got one."