thinks Jesus was a comedian.
You wrote an essay? Dang, I'm mortified to even be typing on this forum!!! Though it's rather nice.
Very nice essay.
Very nice essay.
I said: "How is that different from mixing up a Jedi or a Brave Knight?"Draco- **Shrug** You brought up the Jedis. I didn't think it made sense, either.
Nevermind, misread that bit there.Anthropomorphism is liking red foxes like any other animal even if you've never seen one? I thought it was combining human and animal traits?
Alright, good.Draco- My point was, in order to be a furry, you have to feel like one. You can't just feel like you're completely separate from animals altogether but think the artwork is cool and call yourself a furry. But you said feeling like a furry was the same thing as RPing (And that RPing was unnecessary to be considered a furry), which I disagreed, because furries are essentially just being themselves. Then you compared feeling like an animal to feeling like a Jedi, and I said the connection between humans and animals is much different then that of fictional characters. And, mythical creatures have the same effect on the human brain that other animals do, they're just hybrids that are not readilly available for in-person viewing.
Sooo.. I think you were trying to dispute the need to feel like a furry to be one, by claiming it is RPing, which isn't necessary to be a furry.
I understand precisely what you're saying.Draco- Well, most people aren't completely satisfied with their natural bodies, furry or not. It's just normal to want to improve. Some people compensate by building up their physical body, or building up their mind. Others modify their bodies with tattoos and piercings, or dressing up in nice clothing. There is a whole host of things people can do to reflect their "inner self." Yet, some people, from a young age, are naturally drawn to animals, and tend to identify with them. Be it real animals or cartoon ones, or even animal based stories, some people are just more drawn to them then they are regular people. For instance, for a long time I wouldn't read books with a human main character. I became addicted to books like Redwall and the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, because the anthropomorphized characters were so much easier to identify with. So, sometimes people with this "connection" to animals want to BE like the furry critters they read about or see on TV, so they start depicting themselves as animals. When I drew myself, I would draw a squirrel or dog with long hair. That's because it felt more correct to be drawn like a squirrel then it did to be drawn like a person. I didn't go around nibbling on acorns and licking my "paws," but animals seemed to represent my personality so much better then my human body. So deep down I felt like a squirrel, rather then a person. I didn't have any desire to be a squirrel, since I liked having the intelligence and capabilities of a human. I didn't want to be cast out into the forest with a brain the size of a pecan and paws with no thumbs, no matter how fluffy and cute my tail was. But I felt that if I could have the comforts of being human AND the good qualities of an animal, I'd be more accuarately representing who I felt like inside.
Yep. And furry animals are a good communication tool in that regard, even more so for us furries.I think that maybe its the authors JOB to try to make you sync with the characters of a book. Or else its a bad book. They don't have to be animals, though I suspect that's probrably the only book genre example you have.
Well, you see, both "Connection" and "Animal" are very broad terms. As a human animal, saying that you have a "Connection" with "Animals" is about as informative as saying that some things walk on their legs.Draco- Well, I figured the connection between animals and anthros was that I'd imagine myself being still human but with animal traits, seeings as I AM human, so I still have a particular fondness for my own species, and I still like animals, so I just combined them in my head.
Hardly. We have all kinds of word to describe what people like, and Furry is a legitimate one of them, even if only a small group of people use it. It encompasses a wide spectrum of individuals and levels of involvement, sure, but so does diarrhoea.Maybe you should elaborate on what "an interest in anthros" is? Because to me, it sounds like "Oh, hey, cute. I like that character. Moving on!" If that is the case, and that truly is the definition of the word, then the label of Furry has been deluted to the point of uselessness...
That's a nice thought, and pretty much sums up why most of us are into this mess.Draco- Okay, how 'bout the transition from squirrel in my backyard to squirrel person on paper, is because I am human, so I like humans, yet I still identify with animals, so I cleverly combine the best traits of both and use that to depict myself. =D
Can be either, technically. Though I'm not sure how the latter is possible without the former.But, what your said doesn't really describe what you mean by people's interest in anthros. Do they think they're pretty, or do they identify with them?
It's a definition. Just because most people don't know about it doesn't make it apply less.A person's level of interest can very greatly towards something, all the way from taking a second glance to devoting your life to it. There's got to be SOME cut off point, because not everyone who's seen Bugs Bunny and smiled is a furry.
Nice try.Draco- It's called Furry =D
Wait. "They're pretty" - thought you meant, anthros?.. I mean, how could you want to be one without digging the idea.Um, the latter is very possible without the former. Maybe you don't think you're beautiful, so you identify with the scruffy skunk rather then the pristine, silky kitty.
It doesn't. My point.How does people not knowing the definition change it?
"Interest" is a wide term, yes.And yes, so what are you trying to communicate as interests? It's a very, very vague term, maybe you could clarify it to me? I'm still not getting what I'm asking for.
willingness to cuddle(unless contradicted by your fursona)
It's a common stereotype of the fandom, or at least it was before we've all suddenly changed into Drama Queens.Interesting post, I'm just getting into the fandom and I find stuff like this very interesting. Just one thing I didn't get though, what exactly do you mean by 'willingness to cuddle'? Is it something furries do with each other or are you talking about in general?
It's a common stereotype of the fandom, or at least it was before we've all suddenly changed into Drama Queens.
The first... Probably not. The latter, most certainly. But if you want to talk about negative stereotypes, there are plenty - though, of course, the fandom isn't quite famous enough for anyone to recognise them, except for internet-savvy people.Is it a negative stereotype? I personally find stereotypes that relate to me (race, religion etc.) generally amusing but does this one discredit furries in anyway?
The first... Probably not. The latter, most certainly. But if you want to talk about negative stereotypes, there are plenty - though, of course, the fandom isn't quite famous enough for anyone to recognise them, except for internet-savvy people.
Well, then you probably already know.I suppose as I go along I'll discover most of them myself, I can imagine the disgusted cries of 'animal #@~!er' emanating from most people I can think of when I try to explain what a furry is. I knew from the beginning that furries got a bad rep, hence my name 'secretfur', I'm too afraid of what my friends and family would do if I told them.
Well, then you probably already know.
Both Wikifur and just Wiki provide a few nice references to media portrayal (articles and stuff, in the references) if you want decent info on that.