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So why are furries attractive?

Harbinger

The Last of Us.
Was wondering, if we find furries attractive, but not animals (i hope not *judging face*), then why do we like characters with animal features?
This is probably been asked thousands of times, but i aint got time to read...
 

PastryOfApathy

Well-Known Member
Because we are naturally attracted to things with human features and we like cute animals like cats, foxes and dogs (guess which animals comprise the majority of fursonas). Combine the two and you have something people don't mind getting off too.

It's like the Reese's Cup of porn.
 
Because we are naturally attracted to things with human features and we like cute animals like cats, foxes and dogs (guess which animals comprise the majority of fursonas). Combine the two and you have something people don't mind getting off too.

It's like the Reese's Cup of porn.

Couldn't have said it better myself.
 

Fallowfox

Are we moomin, or are we dancer?
I find that, like different clothes, different animal skins provide a different flavour to the human form that's novel and exotic.
 
Though I'm actually tired of hearing/seeing "U SO FURFAG IF I PUT DOG HED ON REAL GURL U FUK IT?!??!?!?!!? LOLOLOOLOLOLOL" as if I'm that much of a simpleton. Now, you can put a Big Core on a girl and I'd want to make little Pachi's, but a dog head? Gross.
 

Aetius

It's Me Gordon, Barney from Black Mesa
Because you touch yourself when you look at dog people.
 

Kosdu

Member
It's easy to not think of them as real people, so less judgement and hesitation. I have also noticed how very idealized most of the porn is.


I mean, with real buttsex, it can get right nasty if something goes wrong.





And maybe it's just me, but to me it appeals to our base nature so very much more than other people.
 

Schwimmwagen

Well-Known Member
Furry characters only appear attractive because the artists behind them stylise, simplify, and emphasise and clean up certain features to create some kind of appeal that people desire. Just like anime chicks. However, just like anime chicks, the subject would look utterly horrifying and unnatural in real life, with the exception of when they are represented as their realistic selves, where we will end up with normal chicks, or, uh, normal puppies. The latter is a no-go.
 

Lauralien

Just butting my way in here.
Mmm, reese's cups.

But seriously, I dunno. It might be partly combination of the fact that they're 'exotic' compared to humans, and we can't have them in reality (we often want what we CAN'T have more than things we CAN have).
 
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Kosdu

Member
In my view the real life representaiton of furries is fursuiters. Some people think they look horrifying, but I don't.

Some will always be horrifying.



The problem is, I have yet to see a single fursuit that matches my view of an anthromorphic character. It is simply not possible as clothing.
 

Fallowfox

Are we moomin, or are we dancer?
Some will always be horrifying.



The problem is, I have yet to see a single fursuit that matches my view of an anthromorphic character. It is simply not possible as clothing.

You're right that some will. I think the degree to which costumes match the art depends on what your prefered kind of anthro is- and how far that is removed from a regular human form.
 

PastryOfApathy

Well-Known Member
In my view the real life representaiton of furries is fursuiters. Some people think they look horrifying, but I don't.

The problem is that the western style of anthro character doesn't translate to real life...like at all. As such they inhabit this awful uncanny valley.
 

Fallowfox

Are we moomin, or are we dancer?
The problem is that the western style of anthro character doesn't translate to real life...like at all. As such they inhabit this awful uncanny valley.

I like toony costumes. I like most kinds of fursuit.

I appreciate though that great big eyes and permanent smiles are percieved as creepy by some.
 

Seekrit

Member
It's pure fantasy, and typically people like their fantasies to be good ones. Instead of imagining the horrible abominations furries would be in reality it's much more appealing to picture the idea as represented in visual art. As for why people like them in the first place, I'm not sure. Emotional displacement maybe?
 

Rigby

Diaperfurs 4 Lyfe
imo a lot of facets of the human physical form are aesthetically inferior to animals in general (tails, fur, paws, ears, specifically), combined with how in popular media you can slowly have the idea of viewing these animal people as being consciously human, then yiff yiff hurray ^.^ you've got yourself attraction.

iirc, if a character is sentient, mature (as in not a child), and consenting, then it's typically not unhealthy to find it attractive. if it fails any of those criteria, then it is.
 

benignBiotic

Banned
Banned
I always took interest in furries as being an 'exotic becomes erotic,' thing. idk if that's outdated, disproven or what, but it sounded convincing when I first read about it. Basically it goes that thing we find unusual or exotic, but still relatable, tend to become eroticised. Take for example the (in my area) preoccupation with red headed, or Asian girls. I figured some of us grew up with anthros on tv or whatevs and so when we hit sexual age it wasn't that difficult a leap.

In addition anthros are drawn and drawn things can be 'ideal.' Perfect bodies, perfect physiques, etc. It's obvious why that would be attractive. When I revealed to my friend that I'm a furry he admitted that he thought some furry porn was hot for the muscular hunks. Because of course teh furs tend to have human musculature which any human could relate to.

Personally? I just think they're hot. In anthros I can have the relatable, approachable human shape paired with the wild and enticing nature of a big cat. I love animals, but we aren't physically compatible with them. And they typically can't give a human the kind of mental stimulation that human-human relationships engender. Anthros give you the best of both worlds.
 
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bkatt500

Member
Because they run around naked.

But as other people have said, stylization and exotic yet familiar features. The near-human bodies and behaviour also help.
People also tend to pick animals with facial features that are proportionally or positionally easily translated to a more human format. On top of that, dogs have been bred and raised to more closely resemble us and have our body language, which likely accounts a bit for the 'dog face' syndrome a lot of non-canine anthros exhibit.
 
Here's my theory.

I've always viewed it more as a form of abstract xenophilia than just an extension of zoophilia. If you have a deep fascination for a fictional, sentient race (in our case that would be a fascination for anthropomorphic creatures in general), you begin emotionally connecting with individuals of said race. And where there's emotional connection with the opposite sex (or same sex, you get the idea), there's sexual attraction. This happens to me all the time, whether they're anthros, humans, aliens, monsters, cyborgs, etc. I'm the kind of guy that will relentlessly try to develop a new fetish or kink whenever the opportunity arises.

I don't feel like I'm explaining this correctly.
 
Here's my theory.

I've always viewed it more as a form of abstract xenophilia than just an extension of zoophilia. If you have a deep fascination for a fictional, sentient race (in our case that would be a fascination for anthropomorphic creatures in general), you begin emotionally connecting with individuals of said race. And where there's emotional connection with the opposite sex (or same sex, you get the idea), there's sexual attraction. This happens to me all the time, whether they're anthros, humans, aliens, monsters, cyborgs, etc. I'm the kind of guy that will relentlessly try to develop a new fetish or kink whenever the opportunity arises.

I don't feel like I'm explaining this correctly.

I always laugh at your posts, I swear. But I think I understand.
 

Duality Jack

Feeling Loki with it.
Personally I find fine hips, ass, and tits sexy, so anthros with them are as well sexy. It's more about the figure, though personally I find it when anthros are made to try to look in pleasure or seductive it comes off kinda gross sometimes.

Unno.

Basically Anthros are fuzzy people.
 
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TheMetalVelocity

Guest
Because we are naturally attracted to things with human features and we like cute animals like cats, foxes and dogs (guess which animals comprise the majority of fursonas). Combine the two and you have something people don't mind getting off too.

It's like the Reese's Cup of porn.
God dammit you're right.
 
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