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Sick of the furry stigma!

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Roose Hurro

Lovable Curmudgeon
Banned
Reminds me of something that happened to me several weeks ago. I had posted a picture on DeviantArt, a tattoo design of my Dark Topaz character. And I friend I've known in person for several years says this in a comment:

"Nice design, but you know now I have to call you a furry. ;)"

I mean, what the Hells? He's known me for so long, he knows the type of art I do, what I like. And he comes out and says something like this. Like I changed all of a sudden in his eyes? I don't even mention a thing about furry. I don't even identify myself as one. I guess I should mention he's a frequenter of Encyclopedia Dramatica, but still...

It made me pretty angry actually. To label me and come to some sweeping generalization just from one piece of art, and by an old friend no less....If he brings it up again, I'm going to have a word with him, but if not, I'm just going to forget it happened and let it be.

Well, if people have trouble with your art, simply explain the use of animal images in heraldry... you could also point them to sites dealing with the history of gargoyles as an art form, amongst other things. Animals have long been the subject of art (and stories), long before "furry" existed.


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BritFoxx

The Hat Man
Well to be honest. I haven't come across anybody in public or who isn't a good friend of mine who has seen me as a furry, and I've had to explain to my close friends what it means; I suppose in that sense I've been able to show the majority of the better side of the fandom to them.

If somebody is under the misconception that furry is about nothing but the pr0n, then they obviously don't have much scope, and haven't progressed much past typing 'furry' into the google images search (which we all know is hardly the fairest of jusdges being a mere code).

I think if somebody ever tells me that furry is about nothing but the pr0n, I might have to give them a bit of a lecture. What I'd most definitely do is pose the question, "Are the disney movies pr0n?" -being just one example-

As for the question "err, you DO know what furry is right?"

I'd actually laugh. "I think I know a whole lot more than you do. Ask me that question when you have a better view."

I mean, I honestly don't care what they'd think of me, so I'd probably ride whatever wave they throw at me, it's all a good laugh for me in the end.
 

Jack

Member
It is irratating when other people try to tell you what furry is, and try to say they know more about it than you do when they are not even a part of it.
 

Ramma

The Furry Fox
It is irratating when other people try to tell you what furry is, and try to say they know more about it than you do when they are not even a part of it.
Or even better when they have no idea what it is but insist that its wrong and "Evil".
 
I don't get any of this stigma, mainly because I'm not really a furry. Up until now my only interaction with the furry subculture revolved around, ahem, porn. Which wouldn't help with this "stigma" if anyone knew, but they don't for obvious reasons. Eh, I'm male, got lots of testosterone in my blood; I'm not some sex-crazed pervert. Anyways, since joining this place, the diversity of the furry fandom is obvious to me.
 

supercutefurri58

=^_^=^_^=^_^=^_^=^_^=
like other ppl aready said:

if you dont say it, you dont have to explain it.

i've based my life around this philosophy so trust me it works
 

Slayn

bang your head.
I hate the stigma, it is true that there is alot of porn by furries, but if you think about it there is about thousand times more porn for the more normal. So you could say that this entire civilization is dependent on porn.

another thing is there is no real point to walk out in your fursuit unless you are planning to do something furry wise such as: meet with other furs, conventioning.

and if you want to tell somebody about how the furry fandom is not a fetish you can say it is a valuble art form and it is very true.
 

Nighthawk07

Member
I hate the stigma, it is true that there is alot of porn by furries, but if you think about it there is about thousand times more porn for the more normal. So you could say that this entire civilization is dependent on porn.

another thing is there is no real point to walk out in your fursuit unless you are planning to do something furry wise such as: meet with other furs, conventioning.

and if you want to tell somebody about how the furry fandom is not a fetish you can say it is a valuble art form and it is very true.

What Slayn said is extremely truth, the porn, as an old phrase the latins says "El que busca ,encuentra", the one who searches ,finds.

And furries is just another groups such as darks, punks etc, well Furries are better than those, and also the art a furry create is awsome in many ways
 

ExTo

Under the sea, near heat vents
I got away from the stigma so far, all with nobody knowing what a furry is and not being an extreme furry IRL myself (not interested in acting animalish or wearing a tail or whatnot, I do draw furry art in public but not even cute stuff, just the most basic things you can get - though I realize that on the net I'm probably among the top third of 'most furry' furries). I guess that's the upside of living in a place with no furries whatsoever, though I recently heard we're at least a half-dozen in the city, whereas I thought I was alone.

Likewise I don't think I'd get much bad things from it, at least not anymore. This place is tolerant to sexuality, so even someone who'd think furry is all pr0n would perhaps tend not to say a word. Plus, I know my friends are the kind who wouldn't bother me with it - the two who know don't, that's for sure, though one doesn't really know what a furry is at all it seems to me (actually since I told him "I'm bi and a furry" he hangs out with me more than before, my guess is that he's glad I trust him enough to tell him those things). Finally, I'm past high school now, so my environment has been cleared of about 75% of the worst idiots - the remaining people probably would have the wits to make a real research before assuming anything... if only reading the Wikipedia article instead of googling "Furry" on images setting, as the Wiki article is under the watchful eye of so many furs and anti-furs that to all ends and extents there's a "balance of terror" kept over it and it's relatively trustworthy to someone who doesn't know anything of the fandom.
 

ADF

Member
What gets me is why Anime is judged under a completely different set of standards to furry.

Anime being a fandom shares many of its traits with furry; they have Anime cons, we have furcons, they have cosplayers, we have fursuits, they have anime art, we have furry art and so on. We have yiff and they have hentai, both display a wide range of fetishes surrounding a stigma subject (animals, under aged girls).

Yet the fur fandom is often criticised as being a public display of a fetish; while anime is not. Anime doesn’t have any less display of sexual themes than furry if you look at the material, hell they invented tentical rape.

When I started being more open about my furry interests around friends furfag started getting thrown around a bit, but in a joking way we all laugh at. They all like anime yet I don't assume they are all secretly into Hentia, with a furry people automatically assume interest in yiff.
 
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Randy-Darkshade

Bike riding squirrel thing.
Only reason it furry has the "fetish" stereotype is because most people believe the first thing they hear about it, and that doesn't just apply to the furry fandom, i mean i know people who, if i said the sky was falling they'd run around telling everyone else it was, and personaly i think trolls are to blame for furry being seen as just a fetish
 

TheGreatCrusader

Avast, Ye Scurvy Dogs!
'furry is when you dress up in some animal costume because youre weird faggot'

That is the EXACT response I got from somebody when I IM'd them saying 'Well, what do you think furry is?'

XD
 

Randy-Darkshade

Bike riding squirrel thing.
'furry is when you dress up in some animal costume because youre weird faggot'

That is the EXACT response I got from somebody when I IM'd them saying 'Well, what do you think furry is?'

XD

The more i hear people say that about furries the more i wanna punch ten buckets of sense into there pea brained minds.
 

RailRide

The Real Wheels of Steel
What gets me is why Anime is judged under a completely different set of standards to furry.

Anime being a fandom shares many of its traits with furry; they have Anime cons, we have furcons, they have cosplayers, we have fursuits, they have anime art, we have furry art and so on. We have yiff and they have hentai, both display a wide range of fetishes surrounding a stigma subject (animals, under aged girls).

Yet the fur fandom is often criticised as being a public display of a fetish; while anime is not. Anime doesn’t have any less display of sexual themes than furry if you look at the material, hell they invented tentical rape.

When I started being more open about my furry interests around friends furfag started getting thrown around a bit, but in a joking way we all laugh at. They all like anime yet I don't assume they are all secretly into Hentia, with a furry people automatically assume interest in yiff.

Probably because there is an entire industry dedicated to pumping out general-audience material, the largest market for which operates within a framework constrained by broadcast standards. It's difficult to consume anime or manga without encountering corporate-controlled product somewhere in the chain

Furry doesn't have that--it's whatever the individual (mostly hobbyist) artists feel like cranking out, and neither they nor the primary avenue for distributing furry IP (i.e., the Internet) is limited by broadcast, corporate or other regulatory boundaries, much less any capacity to present a unified image.

---PCJ
 

Bambi

Joined 2008 - Returned 2022
Attention people, if you're walking around anywhere but a con in a fursuit, then you fully deserve the negative treatment you get.

Personally, I don't believe anyone deserves negative attention; but thats just IMHO.
(Dun worry Rilvor, I'm not taking a shot at you.)

As for the Furry Stigma?

Combat it with being who you are. I've never had any bad experiences with anyone, furry or otherwise, because I'm not on a mission to mention it or force it down people's throats. However, it has come up on a few occassions. Yet, what I've done as an individual doesn't seem to irk bad input from people that are otherwise unknowing or just plain ignorant.
 
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I'm not so much sick of the stereotype that it's just a fetish, but the notion that one becomes of a furry out of choice.

I mean, wut.

Really? So you think that being 'furry' is something you're born with?

o_O I think that's insane. Did I interpret you wrong..?
 

ExTo

Under the sea, near heat vents
Really? So you think that being 'furry' is something you're born with?

o_O I think that's insane. Did I interpret you wrong..?

See it that way :

Like EVERY aspect of our personality, it is dictated by both genetics and environment, though in this case it's probably more the latter. We do have some control over our environment, so we have to take a part of the "blame" (yeah right) for being furry, but no one out there woke up one day and decided "Today, I'll feel sexual attraction for an anthro tiger".

So furriness is not a choice, but we are partially responsible for it.
 

Istanbul

...with a grain of salt
Well, the answer is easy. Just educate every man, woman, and child in the world (after causing them to develop an open mind).

...what? You can't do that? Guess you're going to have to get used to it, then.
 

Randy-Darkshade

Bike riding squirrel thing.
See it that way :

Like EVERY aspect of our personality, it is dictated by both genetics and environment, though in this case it's probably more the latter. We do have some control over our environment, so we have to take a part of the "blame" (yeah right) for being furry, but no one out there woke up one day and decided "Today, I'll feel sexual attraction for an anthro tiger".

So furriness is not a choice, but we are partially responsible for it.

Interesting view, makes sense to me also, i have to admit, but when i hit my early teens i used to wonder what some furry cartoon characters would look like naked o.o.
 

Sankuri

New Member
What furry is is different to everyone. What it is to me is most likely different from what it is to many other people.

There's usually at least one lifestyle associated with most fandoms like this, and that lifestyle is what most people who don't know that much about a fandom will usually notice first, because it's, honestly, the most noticeable thing about a fandom. Unfortunately said lifestyle is then used to define the entire fandom, and colours even those who do not participate in that particular lifestyle, yet still associates themselves with the fandom. I think it's because people believe too much too easily without actually thinking about it too much.

Just like people used to spout that 'Sailor Moon is porn in Japan!' when it's just fan doujinshi they found on the internet (or heard someone found on the internet, usually third and fourth-hand), people will go on about furry being perverted because all they hear/see about in relation to the fandom is fursuits, plushaphilia, and adult art, while ignoring the obvious things like Disney movies, cute children's books, and old 80s cartoons.

If people who aren't knowledgeable about the fandom want to ignore this, then it's their own close-mindedness that's hurting them, not you. Just ignore it and don't bring it up unless it's brought up for you.
 
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