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Lets be honest here.. should I consider myself a furry?

RaverMonki

Shines like a rainbow
Hey guys, I have contemplated leaving the fandom several times, and although I have been unsuccessful because I enjoy drawing and participating in a creative aspect, I need to know if you guys think I am not best suited for this community.

I fit into furry fandom is several ways, such as my interest in anthropomorphic animals, drawing, having a fursona, etc. However, there are some major differences I am starting to feel about me and the community.

Many of us, including myself, tell outsiders that the furry fandom isn’t a fetish or a kink and is about creativity.. but this seems to be untrue when browsing sites like FA. Yes I am aware there are sexual deviants in all groups.. but I am wrong to say at least on this particular site, having furry fetishes is almost a staple?

I have noticed that despite there being some wonderful people in the community, the majority are people with mental illness, homosexual, delusional, or hyper-sexual. (I need to clarify that I don’t think being gay is a mental illness, Its just among those things I think are common.)

I don’t fit with any of those categories and it makes me feel like a bit of a outcast. I don’t favor yiff over human porn, I don’t have any mental illness, and I am not LGBTQ. Again if you are any of those things thats perfectly fine, I have just noticed it is a trend. I became a furry during the early 2000s with the rise of many furry animators like BlueKyoKitty, SplashKittyArtist, and Hinauchi. I admired the creativity of the community and I still do. I am most active on deviantart and I used to have furaffinity but I deleted it for this exact reason, though I remade one to help expand my audience and be able to commission people on FA.

My questions to you is.. am I right about how I perceive our community and if so why do we insist it isn’t that way? Is it worth to be on FA if I don’t draw or look at Yiff? Is it semi common to not be in the fandom sexually?
 

KILL.MAIM.KILL

Angry Lizard King
Banned
Honestly, the fandom is sexually charged, and the porn side is a good 60-80% of it. That's obvious, and it doesn't matter how many claim it isn't to make themselves look better.

In my opinion, if you're going to call yourself a fury, you have to live with the fact that people will think it's a fetish. And you'll have to live with the fact that the fandom is mostly full of undesirable people.

If you don't like that, don't be a furry. You won't be missing out.
And like me, you can always "dabble," by lurking around their communities or drawing stuff associated with furries, but not actually identify yourself as such.
 

quoting_mungo

Well-Known Member
First, no matter what people say, submission data suggests that most content on FA is in fact General. (While the comment is old, it specifically makes the observation that the proportions were pretty constant over time, and there's no compelling reason to believe that's changed - a quick scan of the 48 most recent submissions under Browse shows similar proportions, with if anything a higher proportion of General content.)

You're the only one who can decide whether you want to consider yourself furry, and if you do, you are perfectly welcome to do furry your own way. "Fetish" is generally over-used in the community, so I'm not sure what loading you're using it with; very few furries probably have a textbook-definition fetish for furry content. It's probably true that many or most adult members of the furry community derive some kind of enjoyment from adult furry content; this doesn't by necessity translate to this being their primary reason for being in the community. Most adult humans have an active sex drive, and furry art is a hobby where that sex drive can plausibly spill over without it being terribly forced. A little harder to have your sexuality spill over into your crocheting group. ;)

A quick Google search suggests anywhere between 1 in 4 (possibly more; article specifically notes that there was sample bias that could increase prevalence) and 1 in 6 adults suffer from mental illness in any given year. That does not seem to be including neurological disorders such as autism spectrum disorders. Partnered with the human mind's tendency to notice the presence of something more than its absence, even the same 17-25% prevalence as in the general population can look a lot like "everywhere". Furry is a pretty good place for escapism, so that's liable to push the prevalence up a notch, though probably not to the point of actually making a majority.

There's a good chunk of straight furs (a couple more groups are linked from that one's profile) but given that straight is human default, quite possibly people are less likely to make a point of it. Basically, I think some portion of your perception that you are alone in your relationship with fandom may be observation bias. Which is fine; that's a natural thing for our brains to do, but it's worth watching out for.

There's a difference between there being adult content in the community and it being about adult content. That's why we say furry fandom isn't about sex.
You can absolutely be in the fandom as a clean artist. I've known a number in my days. There's a few groups for clean artists, too.
 
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Infrarednexus

Guest
I'd welcome you to this fandom whether you considered yourself a furry or not. Not a single furry is identical to another making us all unique in the sense. I went through a phase asking myself these same questions and I figured that if something feels right and its not hurting yourself or others than I should just embrace it and learn to love it. Don't listen to what people on the outside say about furries as your only source of perspective. Yes, we have kinks and fetishes in our groups but so do anime lovers, and you don't here them saying that that's what there all about.
 

Sunburst_Odell

Some weird teen on the web that likes cartoons
Like quoting_mungo said, the furry fandom is not just about yiff and fetish art. If that was the case, there wouldn't be any furries under eighteen years of age, yet here I am. There are lots of people who don't draw yiff and that don't have kinks/fetishes, even people who are over eighteen.

And you also don't have to be part of a minority to be here. The fandom is literally just about liking anthropomorphic animals more than the average person; it's just that minorities are drawn to be here because it's such an accepting place.
 
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Ginza

Guest
This has been said a multitude of times: all being a “furry” means you’re a fan of anthropomorphic animals. That’s it. Anything else added, is done so by the one interpreting the fandom.

The fun of this fandom, is that you can get anything you want out of it. You can come here because you enjoy dressing up as an animal, or because you loooove Disney movies too much, because you like looking at yiff, or because drawing anthro animals is fun. Or, if you’re like me, a mix of (almost) all of those aspects.
Not everything in this fandom is NSFW, though I’m not going to sugarcoat it and say there isn’t a notably large amount of that type of content. However, I don’t like those aspects either, and due to this, I almost never come across adult works. All you have to do is turn on SFW or make it clear you don’t like NSFW content. Alternatively, there are plenty of groups on places like furry amino and discord which offer totally SFW discussion spaces :3

Yes, a lot of furries are gay/bi. Yes, a lot have mental illnesses as well. There’s nothing you can really do though. If you don’t wish to associate yourself with this fandom because of it, that’s fine. It’s simply a reality, and there’s nothing you can do to change that except find people who aren’t mentally ill/gay. I know plenty of straight furs, and many without mental illness as well. Like every aspect you bring up, there are groups. This fandom isn’t a one size fits all, but rather has several different branches. Find your niche, you’ll be much happier.

I personally do think you’re right in how you perceive this fandom. I too don’t understand why furries try to sugarcoat things and act like there’s no sexual side. The difference though, is whether or not you perceive the elements you listed, to be problematic or not. If so, this may not be the site (nor fandom) for you. If you simply ignore these aspects, I’m sure you’ll have a brilliant time here.

I too dislike yiff. You don’t have to like yiff to be a furry. Nobody has ever pushed yiff or stated you do. Just as with every fandom, there’s a sexual side. It exists within every fandom imaginable. The furry fandom just so happens to be so open, that it’s much more tolerated and prevalent. To stay in this fandom or to go, has to be your decision in the end. You should do whatever you feel is best for you in the long run
 

Zhalo

Rez the Wolfdog
I kinda find this thread silly. Your a Furry if you want to be a Furry not because you fall in with the most common demographics of the fandom. If you want to be a Furry then be a Furry!..if you don't then don't.

Also just turn off NSFW on FA, You will still get some weird shit sometimes but it's not that bad.
 

Ciderfine

Slow as sickness but true as sap
Banned
You actually don't have to be a 100% full furry to enjoy or partake in the fandom. Many non fandom artists do it, Anthropomorphic is a very popular genre in art, and in history, religion and culture.

Now, yes I despise 90% of what the fandom on FA has turned into but that doesnt stop someone like me from enjoying the good work and form other non fandom members offer. you mention those animators names and they legit dont ring a bell at all. In fact animation seems to be a dying art in the fandom. Hijacked by SL or sfm fetish porn gifs.
 

Troj

Your Friendly Neighborhood Dino Therapist
Watch out for selection bias. Scum tends to rise to the top. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

The majority of people I've met in the fandom have been perfectly decent--often nerdy and awkward, granted, but basically kind and decent.

It's largely a matter of knowing how to recognize good people, and how to recognize red flags.
 

solacedelayed

""Trainer""
Well I am not a furry in that I do not identify as specifically something non-human nor do I dress up, but I like to associate with people who do, so i guess guilty by association?
 

Troj

Your Friendly Neighborhood Dino Therapist
That's fine too. I actually know a lot of people who are more into the community than they are the actual idea of animal people.
 

Inkblooded

Him...
Banned
You actually don't have to be a 100% full furry to enjoy or partake in the fandom. Many non fandom artists do it, Anthropomorphic is a very popular genre in art, and in history, religion and culture.

Now, yes I despise 90% of what the fandom on FA has turned into but that doesnt stop someone like me from enjoying the good work and form other non fandom members offer. you mention those animators names and they legit dont ring a bell at all. In fact animation seems to be a dying art in the fandom. Hijacked by SL or sfm fetish porn gifs.


this hurts me personaly. second life is an art form how dare you
 

zenmaldita

always hungry
you dont have to fit into stereotypes to be part of a community tbh. bottom line is, do you enjoy what you're doing at all? I don't identify as a furry and I dont have a fursona. I just enjoy my anthro OCs having a place to interact in. There's good and bd everywhere. You just have to focus on what you like and do you.
 

Uluri

Lord of Potatoes
You are a Furry as simply as saying "I am a furry" that is the ONLY requirement. If you feel like you want to consider yourself a furry, then do so. I am a furry, I just like drawing Animal characters. I love the community of creativity. I think it's fun. I enjoy it. I think of myself as 100% human, separate from my fursonas or personas in general, don't prefer furry porn, and I don't have any less issue with avoiding lewd art as I do on DeviantArt or Tumblr, or twitter, etc etc. I have met VERY MANY really great people in the fandom who aren't lewd obsessed.

Many of us, including myself, tell outsiders that the furry fandom isn’t a fetish or a kink and is about creativity.. but this seems to be untrue when browsing sites like FA. Yes I am aware there are sexual deviants in all groups.. but I am wrong to say at least on this particular site, having furry fetishes is almost a staple?
Have you gone onto any other art sites aside from Furry ones? They are covered in porn art. Tumblr, Pixiv, even DeviantArt has porn art and Fetish art. It is not at all unusual for artists to draw lewd things, and with people always so caught up on how "strange" it is for furries to draw lewd art, they ignore any other art sites. Art porn is not unusual. The only difference in furry and non-furry communities is species involved in the artwork.

FA does have a large SFW community on it, too. But you also need to understand that "What you surround yourself with in a community is what you see most often" as well. in 2015 someone Decided to check out the art statisics of various art sites: www.furaffinity.net: Furry Content Site Statistics 2015 by Garek_Maxwell FA's SFW content is 75% at that time. Their past statistics showed that the General Art category had been growing over the years, too.

I believe in any community (I repeat) what you surround yourself with, what you invite to your own personal profile, what you give back to the community is the majority of what you get in return. SO, if what you are surrounding yourself in the community is porn art searching for it actively and inviting that to yourself, of course the world you will see would be full of porn art.

In essence, the furry community is creative. What type of creativity you want to partake in is up to you. If you don't like how things are rolling, unwatch a few artists, maybe think about the type of content you are sharing and if you enjoy the content you are sharing, and Take a look at how you are interacting with people.
 
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backpawscratcher

Guest
Go to a furmeet or meet up with actual furries. The online version of the fandom definitely is more sexually charged. In real life though furries are mostly just funny slightly awkward people who chat about nerdy stuff and cartoons.

Exactly why I fit in so well :p

But don’t be put off by what you see on FA. Sex sells and all that, but there’s something so much more rewarding as well.
 
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My questions to you is.. am I right about how I perceive our community and if so why do we insist it isn’t that way? Is it worth to be on FA if I don’t draw or look at Yiff? Is it semi common to not be in the fandom sexually?
1) I don't draw or look at Yiff either, I am on FA because I see art I enjoy-such as anthros(my settings are set to General so I don't see anything that wouldn't be suitable for me)
2) Most likely, I'm pretty sure over 50 percent of the fandom is not sexual about it-I know I'm not
I am also not in the LBGTQ+ Community, I simply enjoy the fandom (art, fursuiting, etc.) and it is somewhat of a way to go into a different world that removes my stress
 

Simo

Professional Watermelon Farmer
It's odd but when I read the title of this thread I hear it in my mind as in the voice of Bugs Bunny.

So...yes. You are more furry than Fudd.
 

Starbeak

Born in Space, endlessly exploring star-systems
:)

It comes with the territory. I only call myself a furry because that is who I choose to be, which means I take all the baggage that comes with it. I can either run from it or run with it. You have to put your behind in your past...

Okay maybe I got off track a bit.

I feel that if you spend a lot of time of furry sites only looking at art, you can't make your own contribution and become consumed by what others contributed.

You got to take the good and put it in a sack then carry said sack through all of the bad you see and do on furry sites, then empty the sack on an empty canvas of your own creation. Eventually you will make your own mark and all that you have seen will be secondary to what you have done. ;)

Being a furry is about enjoying some elements that the fandom has to offer, if it is all about browsing then of course you are going to feel like you don't "fit in".

I know I can't draw or write or play music, but I do not let that deter me from the fact that the fandom has elements of good and dirty, SFW and NSFW, LGBQ and Straight, Self-appreciative and Self-depreciative (not a word idc lol). I am here because I choose to be, no other reason, and you should be here because you choose to be here not because of what you can or can't do.

:)
 

solacedelayed

""Trainer""
Oh, well I guess my avatar screams to people "he must only think about sex with furries or weird kinks"

And most would think that if someone's avatar or art on their profile is even remotely suggestive that they only think about that, which is not true.

Just cause I wanna tickle the shit out of you doesn't mean its sexual.. :p it can be though if you want it to..

But anyways its true, online furries are usually weirder than ones in person, only about 10-20% of furries at events are overtly sexual, ish.
 

Illuminaughty

Ring-a-ding-ding, pal.
I don't identify as a furry- I don't have a passion for anthropomorphic animals so much as I have some interest in media involving them which overlaps a bit.. Hence why I came around in the first place. I don't seek out material with anthropomorphic animals for their sake alone, or find them inherently more enjoyable than any other type of character.

That said, if you wish to identify as a furry, you can do that. If you wish to stay on the fringe, you can do that. If you decide to identify as a furry and later change your mind, you can do that. It's your life, it's your interest, and you are the judge of how much or how little you want to involve yourself in it. Besides, identifying as a "furry" isn't really a huge deal- not like, say, coming to grips with one's sexuality or lifestyle preferences. It's just an interest, a hobby, and not a very bizarre one at that.


And to be clear, one can be involved in a fandom without involving oneself in the "mature" portion of said fandom. I would know. I am asexual and don't produce or consume said content but I still find plenty of enjoyment in producing and consuming non-adult content.
 

Skychickens

Late Healer Ferret
It’s not a big deal to be a furry or not. Furry is just a title to show you’re a fan of something. Like homestucks. And you can have fun with it or not. It’s really up to you. Do you wanna be a fur? Then be a fur! Don’t? Then don’t.
 
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