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Animancer
06-10-2014, 05:05 PM
Do you relate to the following?

I'm not into fursuiting, I don't have animal behavior quirks (like purring or mewing), I don't put furry pictures on my walls or computer desktop, I feel somewhat out of place and embarrassed around furries, I identify with humans, I'm not strongly spiritually connected to animals or nature, I don't spoil my pet cat, I don't push topics on people who are uninterested.

I find something very meaningful in most of my art, and animal characters I understand from some feeling inside me. Like a metaphor, a symbol; I can express what it means to be human through animal characters. Currently I am roleplaying this through GURPS with my brothers who aren't furry. They can sense it too, and the more we express the more we understand. It is humanity we admire, and all the good in the world that comes from it.

But the fandom? I wish to share my feelings and expressions with others, but this fandom... it is hard to fit into.

Anyone else barely a furry?

Toshabi
06-10-2014, 05:13 PM
Wrong forum section bub.



On topic: No. The fandom as a whole seems to be largely represented by the lifestyle furries as opossed to those that treat it as a hobby. I would dare not consider myself to be one of those and be lumped in with the filth that they self-generate.

Matt Conner
06-10-2014, 05:21 PM
You don't have to bark and meow and think you're an animal to be a furry. As far as I'm concerned, a furry is anybody who appreciates or has an affinity for anthropomorphic animals. I'm sure there has been lots of debate over what the "real" definition of furry is, but ultimately it doesn't really matter. It's just a fandom. Do you consider yourself a furry? congrats, you're a furry.

Anybody who thinks that you have to fit some kind of criteria to be furry probably has their head up their own ass and should be promptly avoided. I'm sure most furs here on weasyl would agree with me.

Rory
06-10-2014, 05:48 PM
Moved to Lifestyles; Weasyl is not an exclusively furry website, so fandom discussions go here.

OT: What's to fit into, anyway? If you want to be popular, then it seems like there are some pre-determined things you have to fit into, but otherwise there's so many differences in what the fandom means to people that it's hard to establish any definition of what's normal for a furry. Do you like anthropomorphic creatures? That doesn't make you a furry, but that's basically all you need to relate to anyone at the most basic of levels. You picked out a lot of the more extreme behaviors, to be quite honest.

Most of the "barely furry" people aren't going to actively be hovering around online anyway, not in furry-centric communities at least. You'll have a better chance on general art sites of running into them, though.

Hewge
06-10-2014, 06:31 PM
Judging by all that animal-person smut you've uploaded, I'd say you fit in just fine!

Toshabi
06-10-2014, 07:11 PM
Judging by all that animal-person smut you've uploaded, I'd say you fit in just fine!

Kekekekeke, my filters hid the truth from me. But regardless you can still draw dog how-do-you-do's and cat vajingo and still not be a furry. It'll be hard to convince your onlookers that such is the truth, however. Most people like this only use the fandom for profit though, and who can blame them when such art sells like hotcakes?

Hewge
06-10-2014, 07:13 PM
Kekekekeke, my filters hid the truth from me. But regardless you can still draw dog how-do-you-do's and cat vajingo and still not be a furry. It'll be hard to convince your onlookers that such is the truth, however. Most people like this only use the fandom for profit though, and who can blame them when such art sells like hotcakes?

Naaww. That's definitely some full-on furry smut.

Sammacha
06-10-2014, 07:21 PM
Barely furry? I am not even one, just a fan of cartoon and fantasy creatures.

If your not into the "fandom" then you really connect with people the "fandom" when talking about it. That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of other people around you can talk with, and If you have no common interests other then "furry" you probably aren't really friends anyways.

Toshabi
06-10-2014, 07:56 PM
Naaww. That's definitely some full-on furry smut.

Hrrrrrrrmmmmmmmm, is Hewge suggesting that this thread is merely a byproduct of insecurity?

Hewge
06-10-2014, 08:12 PM
Hrrrrrrrmmmmmmmm, is Hewge suggesting that this thread is merely a byproduct of insecurity?

Why, of course! OP has yet to accept their inner-furry self, and be who they truly are.

They must be one with the yiff.

Vae
06-10-2014, 08:25 PM
There's not really a "furry quota" that you have to meet, in order to qualify as furry.
(By those standards, I am not a furry. I am also not a goth or a gamer or any of the dumb little subculture things, because I treat my interests pretty casually.)

Do you like anthropomorphic animals?
Do you consider yourself a furry?
Then congrats, you're a furry. Here's your complimentary pair of costume ears and t-shirt of a wolf character with creepy fetish overtones.

Toshabi
06-10-2014, 08:50 PM
Why, of course! OP has yet to accept their inner-furry self, and be who they truly are.

They must be one with the yiff.

Kekeke, if it yiffs like a dog, it must be furry.

Torrijos_sama
06-10-2014, 09:21 PM
Just come out as a furry, OP, to all of your family members and everyone close to you.

And embrace the phalluses and hyper vaginas like you would the lord and savior Jesus.

They are your new Jesus.

Zeitzbach
06-10-2014, 10:00 PM
If your character don't have size FFFFFFFFFF boobs and penis yet, I suggest you turn back before the shitty part of the furryness gets you.

Or give your eyes cancer.

Hewge
06-10-2014, 10:12 PM
If your character don't have size FFFFFFFFFF boobs and penis yet, I suggest you turn back before the shitty part of the furryness gets you.

Or give your eyes cancer.

Wow, rude. That's called ~artistic exaggeration~, thanks.

Zeitzbach
06-10-2014, 10:30 PM
Wow, rude. That's called ~artistic exaggeration~, thanks.

Wow on, that's old. Modern artistic exaggeration is to make sure your canvas blank as well and throw in an apple somewhere with a straight line.

TealMoon
06-10-2014, 11:19 PM
How is furry a competition?

Toshabi
06-11-2014, 12:49 AM
How is furry a competition?

Furry artist #1: ABLOO BLOO BLOO THEY ONLY SELL MORE COMMISSIONS CAUSE THEY DRAW SMUT

Furry Artist #2: ABLOO BLOO BLOO THEY ONLY SELL MORE COMMISSIONS CAUSE THEY DRAW MORE FETISHES

Furry Artist #3: ABLOO BLOO BLOO THEY ONLY SELL MORE COMMISSIONS CAUSE THEY DRAW CLEAN ART



Source: The majority of artists on FA.

Zeitzbach
06-11-2014, 02:09 AM
Furry artist #1: ABLOO BLOO BLOO THEY ONLY SELL MORE COMMISSIONS CAUSE THEY DRAW SMUT

Furry Artist #2: ABLOO BLOO BLOO THEY ONLY SELL MORE COMMISSIONS CAUSE THEY DRAW MORE FETISHES

Furry Artist #3: ABLOO BLOO BLOO THEY ONLY SELL MORE COMMISSIONS CAUSE THEY DRAW CLEAN ART



Source: The majority of artists on FA.

Furry Commissioner 1 : ABLOO BLOO BLOO MAH BEWBS ARE BIGGAH.
Furry Commissioner 2 : ABLOO BLOO BLOO I HAVE THREE MORE PENISES THAN YOU!
Furry Commissioner 3 : ABLOO BLOO BLOO MAH OC IS 50% PENIS AND 50 BEWBS.

Sammacha
06-11-2014, 03:16 AM
Furry Commissioner 1 : ABLOO BLOO BLOO MAH BEWBS ARE BIGGAH.
Furry Commissioner 2 : ABLOO BLOO BLOO I HAVE THREE MORE PENISES THAN YOU!
Furry Commissioner 3 : ABLOO BLOO BLOO MAH OC IS 50% PENIS AND 50 BEWBS.


And the penibewb is born!

Animancer
06-11-2014, 01:29 PM
Well, I've definitely heard some good replies and points about what "being a furry" actually means. It got off on a tangent a little, but that's normal.

Perhaps the fandom is so inclusive that it ironically makes it harder to relate to. In a group of so many different people one cannot expect to feel at one with others for having similarities. The easiest way to fit in is to accept each other for having differences.

This must be the "we're all so different, we accept everybody" I hear everybody praising. It is, I believe, a noble aim to be all-accepting to those who are different; such is the epitome of open-mindedness. The drama comes from anyone still holding onto personal limitations, like not accepting certain fetishes. But if a club is going to be all-accepting than it must endure all ends of every spectrum.

Rory gave a good point that people who only mildly dabble in furry interest aren't going to be online, especially in furry sites. In order to find my niche I'm going to have to change strategies.

And others made good points about my FA page. What can I say? Money talks.

I guess I am pretty furry after all. Although I approve of the all-acceptance of the fandom, I personally prefer not to be largely involved… except where commissions are involved. Local fur meets and online communities are out; maybe I'll start a second thread to expand on people's informal encounters and ways of meeting up.

Rory
06-11-2014, 02:46 PM
This must be the "we're all so different, we accept everybody" I hear everybody praising.

Rory gave a good point that people who only mildly dabble in furry interest aren't going to be online, especially in furry sites. In order to find my niche I'm going to have to change strategies.


To point #1, that is probably the biggest misconception that gets tossed around. The fandom itself accepts everybody; the people in it do NOT all accept each other, not even by a longshot.

To point #2, it's not a hard and fast rule. Plenty of good furry folk are online, from lifestylers to those who associate at the most basic of levels. They aren't easy to find, but they're out there. Most of it depends on effort mixed with a heaping portion of luck.

Vae
06-11-2014, 03:16 PM
It is, I believe, a noble aim to be all-accepting to those who are different; such is the epitome of open-mindedness. The drama comes from anyone still holding onto personal limitations, like not accepting certain fetishes. But if a club is going to be all-accepting than it must endure all ends of every spectrum.
Trying to be too "all-inclusive" is how we end up with people thinking it's okay to promote sexually abusing animals and such within the furry fandom. It's also why furriness is often associated with socially awkward creepers who shove their fetishes down everyone's throats in neutral spaces.
There's nothing wrong with a fandom having standards and policing itself, or people having standards as to who they are and aren't willing to associate with, based on that person's behaviors.

In any case, you should probably be trying to make friends and connections based on actual chemistry between personalities.
Not just "furries because furries because furries." That need to desperately "fit in."
This isn't high school. It's not mandatory to choose a clique.

Hewge
06-11-2014, 06:10 PM
Dude! I love furries. Their weirdness and variety is what makes it so swell. I've not felt so comfortable or enjoyed the presence of such people so much before - they are the best!
And if the full-on creepy ones didn't exist, then the fandom wouldn't be as fun ! !

Damn furries!

Edit: On second thought; most of them suck! You should stay away. LOL

Matt Conner
06-12-2014, 04:21 AM
If you wanna connect with the fandom, you should go to a con. They're actually hella awesome if you're okay with socializing with strangers. Most people I suggest this to are so introverted though, that they wouldn't even consider the idea. Too bad :<

Zeitzbach
06-12-2014, 06:35 AM
It's nice to accept people for who thry are but it does not mean that it is a smart choice. You can treat most furries you treat rapists.

Or the same way I treat Ameriguns.

Frank LeRenard
06-12-2014, 09:15 AM
I think whatever cliches you've heard about the fandom are entirely self-generated and hence highly suspicious. I've been 'barely a furry' for a long time, mostly because whenever I find myself learning too much about the fandom or getting in too deep (seriously, no pun intended), I tend to realize that the fandom is practically just an extension of high school, but for older people. All the cliques, the rumors, the drama, the stratification-induced resentments, the hyper-sexualization of everything, the need to belong, the love of partying and clubbing.... It's almost exactly like high school. And I've grown out of high school by now and am in the stage of my life where I try harder to act more like an adult. So furrydom has a limited appeal to me now. I still dig anthro animals; that will probably never change. But it's in the same way I also dig the band Modest Mouse. And I guess if that makes me barely a furry or not a furry at all, fine.

sassySloth
06-12-2014, 04:26 PM
Judging by all that animal-person smut you've uploaded, I'd say you fit in just fine!Haha. OMG.

YEah OP I wouldn't sweat the title. If you like anthros and think the name furry fits then use it.

Toshabi
06-12-2014, 05:52 PM
Bro I don't even have nor want a fursona. Not anymore anyway. Don't stress it. lmao

Pachi discarded his Yokumansona

Mika
08-03-2014, 01:23 PM
Well i feel like with any fandom there is always a spectrum
there will be those who are minimally into the furry fandom have a anthro character post some art but little interaction otherwise on the left end of the spectrum and then on the right side of the spectrum are the hardcore lifestylers that probably make a good majority of us cringe, then there is everyone in between. and like any fandom there will be some who are casuals and others who are purists and many won't get along and some sub groups will have rivalries and say they hate each other ect.

However There is some sense of community that brings us all to the fandom something that makes us think, "Hey I think I found a little niche that i can feel comfortable and call my own."

Now some of us will out grow the fandom like we out grew our childhood and others will hang on til the bitter end.

The amazing thing about furries is the crazy sense of pack mentality you can see all the time, and it can offer a great variety of diversity and acceptance. We probably have more fetiches, and subgroups than any other fandom, you can always find people who share you're interests and make you feel like less of an anomaly. I think when it comes down to it It's just a comforting place for a lot of us.

Sorry for long stupid little wall of text just a bunch of jumbled thoughts I've had about the fandom for a while >.<

Benny Bunnycorn
08-03-2014, 02:06 PM
NEVER listen to people who tell you that furries are all about yiff and porn. There are plenty of clean furries out there who do not draw that kind of stuff, or are into that kinda stuff. As well, being part of the furry fandom should not be something to be ashamed of.

Auriel Kitsu
08-06-2014, 04:44 AM
I am new here but Matt pretty much said what I think. I'm one of those nut cases that has fantasized about anthropomorphic animals since I was a small child. I was strongly influence by the legends of many cultures in that regard. I still like reading ancient mythology of all the world's wonderful range of people. I hadn't actually thought about how that would also mean that different nationalities would also have different styles of furry fandom but it makes sense. Anyway, I started out with the idea that there couldn't possibly be a particular Furry Style that represents us all anymore than there is one culture that represents all of humanity. As for thinking the human species is somehow more noble than any of the real animals out there. It's an anthropocentric way of looking at the world and I don't agree with it. I completely against zoos and keeping captive animals of any kind. We haven't the moral right. The way humans treat each other for the most part is shameful too. What other species keeps it own kind in literal slavery? What other species thinks that it's alright to rape their mate and get away with it. Most nations have no laws on the books protecting women from rape by their husbands or genital mutilation when they are children. So enough with how noble humans are. We don't act as humane as many animals do.

Vae
08-06-2014, 05:47 AM
I completely against zoos and keeping captive animals of any kind. We haven't the moral right.
Morals are debatable, because morals are different for each person, but there are a lot of endangered animals bred in captivity to try to increase their numbers. And there are species that benefit from human intervention / interaction.


What other species thinks that it's alright to rape their mate and get away with it. Most nations have no laws on the books protecting women from rape by their husbands or genital mutilation when they are children. So enough with how noble humans are. We don't act as humane as many animals do.
Dolphins are known to rape.

I was also watching a television program one time about some small burrowing mammals (forget the specifics) that sneak into the dens of their young and rape them in hope of being "the first male."

We're hardly the only species that commits deplorable acts. We just tend to do things on a wider scale.

PapayaShark
08-06-2014, 07:37 AM
Ducks and geese rape. Dolphins kill their young and porpoises for fun. Stouts and moles rape infants. Hyenas ejaculate over their cubs. Lions kill cubs to bring females back into heat. Crows bully other birds.

Hahaha in no way shape or form are animals some sacred, humane angels. They are just as sick and twisted as we are.

Auriel Kitsu
08-06-2014, 07:45 AM
Dolphins have racism to. How does the immoral act of one forgive the immoral act of another? Your point about how humans help some species? There is not even a remote chance of parity between the few rare instances that we help other species compared to the hundreds of millions of animals that our species predates upon. A good example would be how here in America we help the Bison after all but exterminating them in an effort to starve the Native American population. Gee two atrocities for the price of one.

If you are personally amoral or a moral relativist that's fine but please don't make statements that suggest that there are no logical absolutes scientifically possible on the subject of morality. I can only assume that you don't realize that there is an actual science of moral psychology?

Auriel Kitsu
08-06-2014, 09:11 AM
As for the rest of your examples, they are expressions of a principle in logic called conflation. Please read. I promise they aren't going to use words to big for you.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conflation

The animals that you cite as examples are driven not by human rationalization which begets atrocity but by instincts (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instinct) which we as human being no longer have. The most humans can be scientifically be said to possess are motivations or drives (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motivation). A drive is distinctly different than a genetically dictated instinct. The animals have an excuse for their behavior, human beings do not.

I must admit that I'm somewhat stunned to hear this sort of rationalization coming out of people that are Furries. After all who would be more likely to actually have a reason to learn about the real differences between human beings and the rest of the animals that populate the planet. What in gods name were you all doing in high school? At least thats when I learned most of the basics about human and animal behaviors. I guess I can't hold you accountable in this day and age. I mean up to the year 2011 there was at least one idiot with a doctorate that at least in narrow terms still clung to the idea of human beings having instincts.

Benny Bunnycorn
08-06-2014, 09:14 AM
How does the immoral act of one forgive the immoral act of another?

He does have a point there. I find it stupid that we humans will often excuse some of the sick things we do just because "Lol, animals do it too." Sometimes it's really not about "Oh, animals are so angelic and humans are so evil," sometimes it's just about trying to teach our own species not to do things we know are wrong, such as rape and murder. True, some animals do rape and murder, but that doesn't me WE are free to do it.

I do disagree to an extent towards captive animals, though. I personally support LEGITIMATE zoos that actually wish to help breed endangered animals to help their numbers, but do not support zoos that only hold them captive for enjoyment.

...Hey, I got a question? When did this topic become about zoos and rape? Back on schedule please. :D

Yeah, there are different levels of furries. Sometimes we have to figure out where we stand. I draw them a lot, like anthropomorphic characters over human ones, and have a few quirks, but I do not wear a fursuit, go to conventions, or enjoy any real sort of porn. I have a hard time watching anthropomorphic cartoons, but love video games with anthropomorphic protagonists. Not sure where I stand as a furry.

PapayaShark
08-06-2014, 11:30 AM
Lmao I didn't say it was alright to rape and murder, bully and assault simply because other species does it. It was just a comment to what other species thinks its okay to rape. And dolphins and crows are pretty darn intelligent, you can't say everything they do is because of instincts. They kill for shit and giggles.

Also this forum isn't just for furries fyi.

Rory
08-06-2014, 02:36 PM
As for the rest of your examples, they are expressions of a principle in logic called conflation. Please read. I promise they aren't going to use words to big for you.


Auriel: this is a warning to cut it out, this attitude is not welcome on our forums. I'd also really hesitate to start taunting the intelligence of other users when your own posts could stand plentiful checking of their grammar. If you want to debate someone, debate their points; your arguments become incredibly weak when you go after a person directly, and go against our rules.

I'm not diving into this current off-topic discussion because 1: it's fruitless to talk to hardcore non-homo sapiens animal sympathizers and 2: it's off-topic.

Auriel Kitsu
08-06-2014, 08:33 PM
Rory you sound as ignorant in your assumptions as the people that disrespected me and dismissed what I said with poor logic. Everyone has a right to their opinion but nobody has a right to be wrong in their facts. If you don't believe that then I'm in the wrong community.

Benny Bunnycorn
08-06-2014, 09:16 PM
I may sound a bit... ironic right now, but I'd really stop while I was ahead if I were you. I know it can be hard, but sometimes you gotta let it go.

Rory
08-06-2014, 09:22 PM
Rory you sound as ignorant in your assumptions as the people that disrespected me and dismissed what I said with poor logic. Everyone has a right to their opinion but nobody has a right to be wrong in their facts. If you don't believe that then I'm in the wrong community.

Of course you have the right to an opinion, but you don't have a right to be condescending and rude to other users. If you think what you said was necessary or appropriate, then yes, you're in the wrong community. Regardless, this gets dropped now or taken to PMs, otherwise an infraction will follow.

Fay V
08-06-2014, 09:30 PM
You asked what other species rapes, and you were given an answer, I don't think anyone is attempting to say rape and slavery is alright.

The point of the warning is this is all off topic.

So back on topic. Answer me this readers. for those that believe one is a furry if they say they are, is there a point were you say "okay buddy you're a furry"

As in someone has a fursuit, fursona, take part in the community, attend cons, whatever else but still goes "hey I'm not a furry"

Tiger
08-06-2014, 09:38 PM
So back on topic. Answer me this readers. for those that believe one is a furry if they say they are, is there a point were you say "okay buddy you're a furry"

As in someone has a fursuit, fursona, take part in the community, attend cons, whatever else but still goes "hey I'm not a furry"

In my opinion, if they don't feel like they are a member of the fandom under what they consider as furry but still partake in the different aspects of the fandom, then that's totally cool. For me, furry isn't a label you can force on someone based on certain choices they make. My friends have fursonas, and one plans to attend a con (maybe a few) but doesn't identify as a furry, and I have no prob with that.

Noxid
08-06-2014, 09:58 PM
for those that believe one is a furry if they say they are, is there a point were you say "okay buddy you're a furry"

As in someone has a fursuit, fursona, take part in the community, attend cons, whatever else but still goes "hey I'm not a furry"

If someone has and wears a fursuit but doesn't think they're a furry, I'd call bullshit. They're either in deep, deep denial or are confused about what a furry is.
For the rest of the stuff, I'd say it gets more circumstantial. Like, having a fursona would be a key indicator to me to maybe pull them aside and go "hey buddy, I think we need to have a little talk...", but depending on what it is to them there could be valid reasons to have something like that and not be a furry.
It's kind of that point where you say "Yeah, I'm with them". Being a furry is sort of like joining a weird cult.

TheCaley
08-07-2014, 01:08 AM
Do you relate to the following?

I'm not into fursuiting, I don't have animal behavior quirks (like purring or mewing), I don't put furry pictures on my walls or computer desktop, I feel somewhat out of place and embarrassed around furries, I identify with humans, I'm not strongly spiritually connected to animals or nature, I don't spoil my pet cat, I don't push topics on people who are uninterested.

I find something very meaningful in most of my art, and animal characters I understand from some feeling inside me. Like a metaphor, a symbol; I can express what it means to be human through animal characters. Currently I am roleplaying this through GURPS with my brothers who aren't furry. They can sense it too, and the more we express the more we understand. It is humanity we admire, and all the good in the world that comes from it.

But the fandom? I wish to share my feelings and expressions with others, but this fandom... it is hard to fit into.

Anyone else barely a furry?

Quoting the original post so people don't get confused

I have considered fursuiting, mostly because I already enjoy cosplay, and have pictures of my muse (I don't really refer to him as a fursona, n'or any of my other characters) posted on my desktop or as my icon. I can't say I'm overly embarrassed being around furries, but I am a bit uncomfortable around those on the more extreme side. It could also be that shyness I have where I have felt second hand embarrassment in a lot of things. I could easily consider myself misanthropic, mostly because time and time again I see society doing things that, quite frankly, are just disgusting - most of politics, social justice and the lack thereof for example. At the same time, I don't feel spiritually connected to animals or nature. I realized I never wanted a pet in the first place. I certainly do my best to avoid pushing the topic onto people that aren't interested. I can understand how you would feel about some of those points.

I feel very much that way, too. Mostly in my writing. Though I could add that I feel - at least two - are direct fractures or alter-egos of my personality, whether or not that was created unintentionally or they actually are is undetermined for me.

I have only been on the edge of the furry fandom, talking to only a few other furries here and there, and generally they can be described in a similar fashion to both of us. I have yet to decide whether or not I fit into this fandom. I found it's much easier here that on FA. FA is full of content that is off-putting for me and generally makes me feel uncomfortable to see, and I can't block it either, which is why I love Weasyl's blacklist feature.

That being said, I personally have come to describe being a furry as "having an interest in anthropomorphic animals (not necessarily sexual in nature)." Thus, we'd both fall under that. However, you would describe yourself as being barely a furry because you only enjoy a small portion of the fandom. I've seen people who draw furry creatures who'd never call themselves a furry. It's really a personal description, something you choose to call yourself. Really, that applies for pretty much everything.

I'm pretty sure this has been beaten to the ground already but I felt like putting in my two cents.

Benny Bunnycorn
08-07-2014, 08:49 AM
If someone has and wears a fursuit but doesn't think they're a furry, I'd call bullshit. They're either in deep, deep denial or are confused about what a furry is.
For the rest of the stuff, I'd say it gets more circumstantial. Like, having a fursona would be a key indicator to me to maybe pull them aside and go "hey buddy, I think we need to have a little talk...", but depending on what it is to them there could be valid reasons to have something like that and not be a furry.
It's kind of that point where you say "Yeah, I'm with them". Being a furry is sort of like joining a weird cult.

Like I said before, I think the problem is that people see it as something to be ashamed of, so they don't associate with furries. But I've also said before: It really isn't.

Epitome
08-16-2014, 12:23 AM
Being a furry doesn't mean you have to have some spititual connection with animals, go to cons, or dress up. At it's core, it is a fandom of anthropomorphic animals, anything from characters who are refered to as "anthro," who stand on two feet and talk or what are called "feral" characters, who look like normal animals, but may talk, or just show signs of human emotion and/or intelligence. This is a big fandom with all kinds of different fans. :)

Chiffon
09-15-2014, 04:48 PM
Well… I’m a big nature person, but I can relate. Not many “nature people” seem to care about plants or insects, and I'm not too serious about my involvement in the furry fandom. There's plenty of more casual furries around, though. The ones who are the most into it are, unsurprisingly, the ones with the most presence sometimes - where else are they going to go?

medacris
09-15-2014, 09:07 PM
I don't think I've ever felt truly part of any group. When I was a kid, we moved around a lot, and (with a few exceptions) most of my classmates claimed to have been friends since birth, and because they hadn't known me for very long, they never attempted to get to know me at all, and any attempts to get to know them mostly failed. So I ended up sort of going from various websites, peeking in at various subcultures, trying to find a niche in which I fit in. But I never felt I had enough qualities of any subculture, sexuality, religion, etc. to really identify as anything. Not yet, anyways. I still hope I'll find something eventually.

A lot of my friends are furries, but if I was one, I'd be on the lowest level of furry interest. I've liked stuff that happened to have furry characters in it, but any attempt to become "more furry" (and believe me, I've tried) has always consistently failed.

Fibriel Solaer
09-22-2014, 04:31 AM
I don't consider myself a furry at all, because there is a lot more to being one than simply being interested in or drawing furry art, and I don't fulfill any of those criteria.

I've gradually mellowed out about fursuiting - it no longer bothers me, partially because fursuit quality has been rising considerably in the last ten years and partially because I regularly question my negative feelings - but it's never been something I'm even remotely interested in.

"Furry culture" repels me, and I it; we've had our rows and now generally go our separate ways, giving half-hearted waves in passing.

medacris
09-25-2014, 11:20 AM
Is this necessarily a furry thing? I don't press topics with anyone who is disinterested in them. Surely, this isn't furry exclusive?

I wouldn't say that that trait is furry-exclusive. Everyone, regardless of fandom, displays their fandom differently. Some are intensely focused on it and only it, and display their fandom very publicly. They get annoyed when others don't share their passion, and may shun anyone who doesn't like the same things they do, or doesn't like it as much as they do. Others keep their fandoms mostly private, are embarrassed by more outspoken fans, won't discuss them in public, and won't put them on their computer wallpapers if they know others will see it. I'm somewhere in the middle of these two, myself. I tend to not display fandoms openly if they're not relevant to the conversation, or if I know the person doesn't care.

Having a fondness for nature and pets is also something that's more universal. Furries, people who are vehemently anti-furry, and people who have never even heard of furries all express.

Fursonas, purring, and mewing are all more specifically furry, but I can see situations where non-furries would do it too. I mentioned before that I didn't really consider myself a furry at all. But I've considered having a fursona. I've periodically drawn pictures of myself and posted them publicly, but it took a very long time to be comfortable with that. I like my anonymity, and to be honest, I'm not a huge fan of my own appearance, so to create a character that represents me, I would prefer that.

When I first got on the internet on a regular basis, mewing was more of a thing done by people who wanted to be sexy, human-save-for-ears-and-a-tail anime catgirls, or people who just wanted a flirty persona in general.

SweetSushi
10-15-2014, 07:28 AM
@muzykalscorpio I have no idea how to tag ppl :P And I didn't want to quote his complete post!

Pretty much what he said!

I'm not into fur suiting YET, I do like the fursuits, I am NOT a hugger. But that's just who I am! But I would rlly love to have a fursuit for my own someday ^__^

I do make an occasional "puuuuh" but just because I think its cute or idk just for fun cause it fits my fursona and like the sound of it! I do not RP btw. I prefer to be my regular self and interact with ppl in our own regular self, its just not my thing :3

I do put furry pictures on my walls or computer desktop! I used to be an anime fan at home and had my walls full of them, and now I live on my own and have replaced the anime stuff with original art work bought from the eufofurence art room ^__^

I feel somewhat out of place EVERYWHERE. Like muzykalscorpio I have this with strangers in general, or groups and such. But once I am used to the "event or person" I am a pretty social and a hyper person, just very introverted until I get triggered!

I identify with humans, because well dohh I am human ^_^ I just love animals too ♥ (not in a weird way :P)

I'm not strongly spiritually connected to animals or nature neither, but I don't feel spiritually connected to anything. That's just not my thing! Its a sub culture :3

I don't spoil my pet cat, cause I don't have one :P I do have a parrot and a water turtle ^_^ And love to get a dog soon(ish)

Push topics on people who are uninterested has nothing to do with being a furry :P

"But the fandom? I wish to share my feelings and expressions with others, but this fandom... it is hard to fit into"
I do to, but thats just me and pretty much just everything muzykalscorpio said ^_^ And I don't consider it jerky. People are people and I see them as who they are and not what they are into. Being a furry doesn't say anything about the person, only that they have affinity with animals. I also just find it hard to communicate or meet people online :O

As some already mentioned, there are no rules of being a furry. Do you like animal related stuff, and do you consider yourself a furry, then you are! But for some reason I don't get people who draw non stop furry art and are active in the fandom, and explicitly say "I am not a furry" that's just denial and nothing to be ashamed about. Being a furry doesn't mean you wear a fursuit, do naughty stuff or feel connected to a animal.

Ahhwell ^_^