You know. I used to be a dick. I got upset one time because of the stigma of all furries being autistic. So I would make a fuss in threads about autistic furries. That was fucking horrible of me to do. But I have a feeling you could learn from my story. This is just the way things are. You have to deal with it. If people are upset about them being labeled as fetishists for being a furry, it just kinda goes with being a furry. Really if it makes you upset, you're the one who placed the label on yourself. No one else did.
I placed a label on myself that calls me a furry. By definition, it should mean: "A person with interests tied to media with characters bearing animal properties, whether feral animals, anthropomorphic etc." (the list of possible definitions is long) However, thanks to the impression people got of us it was changed to: "A person sexually into animals, possibly zoophilia, with some other weird kinks tied into it.". I know from experience. Which label would you prefer to wear?
How does enjoying sex make you automatically shallow? I don't get it.
I mean that having a character heavy on the sexual side makes it shallow, not the creator. Sorry, I should proof-read more.
Where?you said earlier that we shouldn't care about what outsiders said
Forgive me if I'm being a bit testy, but this isn't sitting right with me. It's one thing to find pornography irritating. But it's something else to sneer at those who enjoy it.
There's a fine line between airing your opinions and telling others how they should behave, and you're really struggling to remain on the former side.
I'd wager you didn't read my posts clearly. I'm sneering at people who make us look bad by shoving their kinks into outside people, not people who simply enjoy it. I know, I know; you do you. But by doing that you make others look equal, those who probably don't even want to be associated with what you're doing. It's a topic of respect for yourself and the comfort of others, both of which are clearly missing in our fandom.