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Public Furry or Private Furry (in RL)?

In the real world, is your furiness a public or private trait?

  • I make sure my furriness is public for all to see!

    Votes: 23 3.8%
  • My furriness is public, but I don't bring any particular attention to it.

    Votes: 116 19.1%
  • I'm kind of neutral... If people figure it out, fine, but I'm not going to make a big deal about it.

    Votes: 244 40.2%
  • I'm a rather private furry in RL.

    Votes: 126 20.8%
  • I'm a very private furry in RL. No indications of furriness whatsoever!

    Votes: 98 16.1%

  • Total voters
    607
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Pomander

Member
Besides wearing a con T-shirt occasionally, you would never guess that I was a furry if you met me in real life.

Some of my real life friends figured it out, and didn't care.

Although the most interesting exchange I got into was with one of my friend's dad:
Him: "Further Confusion? Is everyone there confused?"
Me: "Yeah, pretty much."
Him: "People in general or just the people around here?"
Me: "Actually, this event was in San Jose, California."
Him: "Ah, say no more."


Hahahaha, oh man. That's far more amusing than the usual CSI-influenced response.


As for myself, I'm a pretty private person overall, so naturally I'm not shoving my interest in furry in the public's eye. Around the house though I don't care if company sees my art (well, save for family members seeing the porn.. if they find it online by searching that'll be their own problem, but I'm not going to share it first, haha) or the few furry pictures I have hanging up in my work area. In short, pretty neutral about it.
 
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pheonix

back'n up back'n up
I keep this under raps in RL. new to the internet thing really like it. finally have people to talk to about it.
 

tacticalsnake

Porno Cowboy
Well.
I'm both public and private. I chose option number 2.
You see, everyone I know knows I'm a furry. At least, if they know what that is. Otherwise they just think I'm way into animal people. :p I got away with drawing only furries in my classes at the university since I didn't want to get yelled at for drawing things too anime if I drew a human. :p (Well, except for exactly 2 projects, where I actually made the characters human. But that's out of every other project I'd done, so.)

I've been known to draw furry art (and porn) in public spaces. I don't really care who sees it. If I want to draw, I'm going to draw. :p
Even though I know there's a stigma about it in the anime fandom, I don't even hide my furry works at anime conventions. I know there's people who don't mind and furries there at those cons, so I keep it out. :3

My parents know I'm a furry. Even if they think I go to Fuzzy conventions. My friends all know. They better know. :p I've even converted a few of them over to the fur-side. >:D

On the other hand.
If I feel it's inappropriate for someone to know, then I keep it all very hush hush. This mostly applies to me keeping it very secret what my handle is in relation to my real name. Which probably is just sensible, really.
 
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kidsune

Guest
Back where i used to live, i knew a lot of friends back from school. Only a select few knew about me being furry/gay. Then Uni came around and I was a lot more open, but i still kept it kinda private. after i left Uni, though, the only real friends i had left were all furries themselves, so i was able to be a bit more free. Now that i've moved state, every single person i know here is a fur, and i can act and look the way i want without the fear of meeting someone i know at an awkward moment. So, atm, i'm very much a public fur. Wearing a collar in public and, when I get one again, a tail as well ^_^
 

Rayne

Get out of here, stalker!
I'm not a public furry per-se, but I have no problem discussing it with someone else provided that they bring the subject up and I don't absolutely hate their guts.
 

lafeel

the other Icelandic furry
Pretty quiet about it, mostly due to the almost complete and utter lack of furry community around here.
 

runner

tyranid hunter
im private but i might go to an antho con and one of my friends is trying to get me in to fursuiting and my girl friend who is semi furry
 

Monarq

Tom Servo
I'm pretty private about it. Occasionally I'll quote something or throw some furry terms into conversation. No one ever picks up on it.
 

ToeClaws

PEBKAC exterminator
I am pretty private about being furry/scalie. Apart from my many Godzilla, dinosaur or other little models on my desk, there are no other outward showings of it. That's also another reason you won't see a mugshot of me on here - I believe in keeping my furry presence and real life completely unlinked.

That stems largely from an awareness of security and information concerns over the use of the Net to gather information about someone. If anyone knew my real name and/or saw pictures of me related to being a fur, then the connection is made. Not that it's a bad connection or anything, it's just that someone has now discovered something about me that I consider to be private and something that I would only be willing to share in person if I knew them well and trusted them to know.

I also know that, like anything, it can also work against you. If you're applying for a new job and the manager or HR person is the least bit tech-savvy, they're going to look you up on the Net, and if they find anything like you being a furry, it could work against you big time in getting employed. I know, legally it should not matter, but employers really don't care about non-discrimination laws, and it doesn't take long to Google someone's name.

So, in the fandom, I share my art and stories willingly with everyone, but in real life, I share the furry side with a very select few. Maybe I'm just getting paranoid in my old age.
 

mukichan

Chibi Chubbeh Draggie
I'm still debating on whether or not my parents know what "furries" is... xD lol
 

Lost

in color
All of my college buds know and that's only because they called me out after browsing my comp XP but after them its been easier to tell people who would care.
 

Sequester

Catnip Addict
Eh... I wouldn't say I'm -public- about it but I don't aim to hide it either. I mean I don't go around telling people I'm a furry, but I draw furry stuff and wear certain furry accessories when I feel like it and just sort of act like myself, and if people ask about it, I won't hide it. My parents don't even know (or care) what furry is-- my mom sometimes refers to my "wanting to be a cat thing" but I've always been their oddball child so they're used to it by now.
 

Warrigal

Member
I dont care if people find out that l am a furry as they normally dont care BUT a few friends love to howl at me now ^_^ (they not furries)
 

xiath

Rocket to your face.
hmm... idk now... is wearing a dog collar w/dogtag drawing particular attention to it? if not my original pull stands (ie, public but not bringing any particular attention to it) :p
 

FacelessScribe

Chronicler of the Ages
Whenever I have a chance to make a new friend or even my coworkers I tell them I am fuury. If they can not accpet that then they are not the type of people that I wish to know. I've even helped a few people find out that they were furry in the first place.
 

Nargle

HOOT
Only my close friends and family really know. So I said rather private. I do run around the house in a tail sometimes, though =D

I actually don't like sharing my interests with strangers period. IRL, that is. People are way too judgmental, so I don't go around openly expressing any of my interests... It's not like they need to know, anyways. Online forums and stuff are different, though. Everybody here is gathered because they have a common interest. So I don't have to worry about anybody shooting me down.

And yes, I know people always say "What does it matter what other people think?" Well, it doesn't necessarily matter at all. It's just, since I'm a senior in highschool, people can still get downright MEAN. I've had people be violent and persistently rude to me, for no other reason then they don't like how I look or something. I've just been burned too many times, and I've found the best way to avoid conflict is to stay completely neutral.
 

Monarq

Tom Servo
And yes, I know people always say "What does it matter what other people think?" Well, it doesn't necessarily matter at all. It's just, since I'm a senior in highschool, people can still get downright MEAN. I've had people be violent and persistently rude to me, for no other reason then they don't like how I look or something. I've just been burned too many times, and I've found the best way to avoid conflict is to stay completely neutral.
I know the feeling.
 

Nylak

Angry Otter
I'm private. If one of my friends walks up to me and asks, "Hey, are you actually a furry?", (it happens, since they've seen my art), I'm quick to say "Hellz no." XD But if another furry that I meet IRL figures it out (already happened three times; is there such a thing as furry radar?), I'm fine with it. *shrugs.*
 

MaxRaine

Requiem aeternam dona eis
I'm quite neutral I think...
I mean, if people come over and see all the stuff lying around and are able to figure out the simple math: 'Loads of anthro drawings' + 'Me referring to myself as a fox' = 'Me being Furry' then I'm busted and I couldn't care less... (I'm sure three of my friends would know it if they knew about the term, furries are that common around here =P ) But I don't randomly bring it up in conversation or anything =P
 
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