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What's been the hardest thing about being a furry?

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Troj

Your Friendly Neighborhood Dino Therapist
I think because I've scaffolded her thus far, my mom really likes furries, and when I emailed my fursona sketch to my parents--because I was proud of actually having drawn something that didn't look like complete ass--she had lots of (very mom-ish, naturally) suggestions of how I could use him in stories and such.

Dad's reaction just appears neutral thus far, but he's also not normally one for deep email discussions.

And, my therapist pretty much triggered my interest in You People in the first place. ;)
 
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briantaylor

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For me, the hardest thing about being a furry is seeing furries use the term ”anthro”. It’s a very faulty shortening of anthropomorphic character, seeing as anthro is actually greek for man or human, which is the complete opposite of what you’re trying to say.

God, it just drives me insane…
 

benignBiotic

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For me, the hardest thing about being a furry is seeing furries use the term ”anthro”. It’s a very faulty shortening of anthropomorphic character, seeing as anthro is actually greek for man or human, which is the complete opposite of what you’re trying to say.

God, it just drives me insane…
Hah you're right! That's really funny to me.
 

Riho

Your brain cells are mine
For me, the hardest thing about being a furry is seeing furries use the term ”anthro”. It’s a very faulty shortening of anthropomorphic character, seeing as anthro is actually greek for man or human, which is the complete opposite of what you’re trying to say.

God, it just drives me insane…

One of my friends, until recently, said this:

"Furry is a sick fandom, and anthros are just anthropomorphic animals."
I am not proud about this...
But I yiffed her. :V
Now she says that "Furries are okay."
 
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Fallowfox

Are we moomin, or are we dancer?
Not getting upset and disagreeable over trivial things that don't actually have a practical implication on my life.

This is also the hardest thing in all of life in general for me, on reflection. It is almost impossible to resist this, though this song outlines the whole feeling rather well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GCyMtNl8T8 [rude content]
 
Not getting upset and disagreeable over trivial things that don't actually have a practical implication on my life.

This is also the hardest thing in all of life in general for me, on reflection. It is almost impossible to resist this, though this song outlines the whole feeling rather well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GCyMtNl8T8 [rude content]

I gotta say that this has probably been the hardest thing for me to.
 

Tyrbis

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Not having anyone to share my hobby with in real life.
 

Ozriel

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Hardest thing? I'd say dealing with furries who want free art...then get bent out of shape when you say no because they want something "Supar fabulous" for pennies.
 

Riho

Your brain cells are mine
Hardest thing? I'd say dealing with furries who want free art...then get bent out of shape when you say no because they want something "Supar fabulous" for pennies.
Who would ever do that?
That's just disgusting.
Guys, seriously, who would be cheap enough to go and ask for free art?
Jeez.
 

Leuger

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Getting others to understand what the fandom is, without making yourself sound crazy.

"No, Dad, it's a Furry. It's not like the Lion King...
...Well, actually, it kind of is, but just listen to me for a second!"
 

benignBiotic

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This isn't a major hardship, but it stinks that I never have anyone to watch furry movies with. I'm trying to get my friends to watch The Secret of NIMH, an excellent movie no matter who you are, but they insist I'm just 'being a furry about it." It would be awesome to watch furry movies with like minded people.

Short version: My friends think I have bad taste because I'm a furry.
 

Fuzzle

Two scoops of Fuzz
-Having to texture fur in my art
-Searching through pounced ad's without being disturbed to my very essence
-The burden of being the only straight Fox left on earth
-I can't get all these boys out my yard
-I can't show all my feels with these stupid stationary ears
-People who act all super friendly and murr purr until they do a complete 180 out of the blue.
 

Fallowfox

Are we moomin, or are we dancer?
For me, the hardest thing about being a furry is seeing furries use the term ”anthro”. It’s a very faulty shortening of anthropomorphic character, seeing as anthro is actually greek for man or human, which is the complete opposite of what you’re trying to say.

God, it just drives me insane…

I purposefully tell typographers 'I like that font'.
 

TheGr8MC

Longetivity is my middle name
That hardest thing about being a furry? Not being able to afford to either buy a good quality fursuit or not being able to afford to buy the supplies to make my own fursuit. I guess another issue I've had is the fact that I only know one other furry in my entire city, and she's about to move to China for a few school semesters. Unbelievable! The one other furry in my entire campus and she has to move to the other side of the world! Oh well, at least there's a gang of wolfaboos I can hang out with.
 

Troj

Your Friendly Neighborhood Dino Therapist
This isn't a major hardship, but it stinks that I never have anyone to watch furry movies with. I'm trying to get my friends to watch The Secret of NIMH, an excellent movie no matter who you are, but they insist I'm just 'being a furry about it." It would be awesome to watch furry movies with like minded people.

Short version: My friends think I have bad taste because I'm a furry.

The annoying thing about THAT, for me, is that your friends filter what you say and do through a "furry lens," and use your "furryness" as an excuse to dismiss you out of hand.

I hate when people dismiss my interests, values, or beliefs with a sweep of the hand, and a sneer of, "Oh, you just think/feel/want that because you're an X."

I REALLY hate when I choose to divulge my religious, political, philosophical, or other values or beliefs to someone, and they initially claim or act like everything's cool, and THEN, when we hit some tension or disagreement, they use it to power an insult or a dismissal. It's worse when my beliefs or values have little or nothing to do with the thing being discussed.

But, now we've left the realm of what's hard about being a furry :).
 
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benignBiotic

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The annoying thing about THAT, for me, is that your friends filter what you say and do through a "furry lens," and use your "furryness" as an excuse to dismiss you out of hand.
I don't experience that too much, thankfully. Sorry that you do. My problem is more that my friends call me out any time I show any interest in animals of any kind.
 
Convincing people that it's not just all pornography.
 
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Outcast

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The hardest thing about being a furry is avoiding all the stereotypical bullshit that the fandom is supposedly '"known for".

For example, all furries have no lives, or are shunned daily from modern society. Both of which vary from person to person, apparently.
 

Troj

Your Friendly Neighborhood Dino Therapist
I don't experience that too much, thankfully. Sorry that you do. My problem is more that my friends call me out any time I show any interest in animals of any kind.

Ah, but that's what I'm saying! You can't have an interest in anything animal-related without it being "furry," and I'd suspect your friends may even use that as an excuse to duck out of doing things they aren't interested in anyway.

Or at least, that was the read I got.

The second part was based more on my experience, yeah. It doesn't happen *too* often, but when it has, it's been annoying. For example, I had an ex-boyfriend blame many of my negative character traits and bad habits on my religion, possibly because he didn't want to acknowledge that I might just be a rotten person ;). This was after he'd insisted that he was totally cool with it, and absolutely accepted it, no problem.

But, hey, finding people to watch Secret of Nimh with is hopefully an easy problem to fix! That movie's great, furry or not.
 
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benignBiotic

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Ah, but that's what I'm saying! You can't have an interest in anything animal-related without it being "furry," and I'd suspect your friends may even use that as an excuse to duck out of doing things they aren't interested in anyway.
Oh ok. Yes that's what I get all the time.
 

-={Dracimonde}=-

Lord of Darkness
Hmm, one thing for me might be trying to not be to annoying when trying to convince people that the furry stereotypes are not true. It kinda makes me feel like an idiot when nothing I say is getting through and every time I try to say something, people walk away. I know I should just shun it off, but it's not easy when I'm hearing people talk about something that they have no idea what it really is, especially when I am one of those things they're talking about.
 

Umbra.Exe

Revolver Snocelot
Trying to care about it beyond "oh hey animal people are neat."
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I kind of have this "problem" too at times. I don't do much in the fandom, really.
I don't draw much art, my fursona has no real backstory/personality other than my own (which is boring, as I'm not a very interesting person). I post here on FAF, sure, but it's not all about furry stuff. I want to make myself a fursuit, but even if I did, I don't know if I'd even go to many conventions with it.

Also, being in this fandom and not liking "mature" art seems hard to me. So many people look at it, draw it, even talk about it, and I just don't like it or care about it at all. Makes me feel like the "odd one out". Same goes for non-furry art as well, I suppose. And dirty jokes and conversations in general. I guess I probably am just weird. Hmm.

Having to deal with the stereotypes/vocal minority sucks too. I think my mom is suspicious after watching "My Strange Addiction," since I had bought some faux fur not long before she watched that episode. (it wasn't for a fursuit, but for a stuffed animal, actually.) I did want a fursuit (and still do), but now my mom's going to think I'm even stranger than she already seems to think I am, when the truth is, I just like making and wearing costumes. It's just a fun hobby to me. I'm one of those people who really cares what my parents think of me, so I don't want to weird them out or anything by making some weird purple cat-monster costume.

Also, being a fursuiter and not being a fuzzy-wuzzy-lovey-dovey-cute-n'-cuddly-hug machine like many other suiters I've seen is probably going to be hard. Yes, I realize that's probably a stereotype, and I am exaggerating. But I am wondering how people will react to the costume, even at cons. It does seem like people like to hug fursuiters. Will people think I'm a jerk for not wanting sweaty con-goer hugs? Or sticky-little-kid hands petting the costume? I know I can wash it, but I just like to try to keep things clean.

I guess one of the hardest things for me is making furry friends in person while avoiding all the "awkward" ones. You know, the ones who, once they find out you have one thing in common, never leave you alone about it. But again, same goes for people with other interests too: Bronies, gamers, animators, artists, the list goes on. But it seems like the bronies and furries are the most awkward... Maybe the awkward ones are the ones most likely to talk about their 'odd' interests, and all the others keep quiet about it? I don't know. But I guess I have plenty of interests to find things by, and furry isn't a high priority. So I suppose it's not too big of a problem.
 

benignBiotic

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Also, being in this fandom and not liking "mature" art seems hard to me. So many people look at it, draw it, even talk about it, and I just don't like it or care about it at all. Makes me feel like the "odd one out". Same goes for non-furry art as well, I suppose. And dirty jokes and conversations in general. I guess I probably am just weird. Hmm.
You are a normal one. If I wasn't into the sexual side of the fandom I don't know how I'd stay in the fandom and deal with it. More power to you :)

On that subject It kind of sucks meeting a cool fur only to find out they are only in it for the sexual stuff. I've met a few furs who seemed really interesting until everything that came out of their mouth was a variation of "Yiff yiff yiff?"
 
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