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    Peer pressure in the Furry Fandom

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    Me personally, I feel a bit of...tacit pressure sometimes as a content creator. When I draw a fully rendered racing ship with a background and backstory that goes unnoticed vs a poor sketch of Rouge that gets thousands of views (overnight), it makes me cynical. Like I feel these people only want the latter from me at all times, and let's be entirely honest, most do feel that way. Usually I don't fucking care, but sometimes it grates on me.
    I can explain that. It's the furry fandom, not the space ships with interesting backstory fandom.

    And yes of course the furry fandom is full of howler monkeys screaming at each other to do this or that. The fads on FA are particularly intense and painful. Just gotta roll with it, because unlike their virginity, it too shall pass.
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    I've not experienced it though I know some people who have been harassed for the most inconsequential things.

    Honestly, we're people first and whatever fandom we're a part of last. Even in clubs, organizations, or committees founded on "being nice", we're a bunch of selfish, hypocritical assholes. Why? Because people suck.

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    As far as I can tell, it's been like that from the start. Some of it is from people who are insecure about their own choices, but when all is said and done, we're just more comfortable being around some people than we are around others. Fortunately furfandom is not a uniform thing, and there may be other people within the fandom that you do click with.

    I've been involved with science fiction fandom longer than I have with furries. Trust me, they pull stuff like this too.

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    I would disagree that furry diversity has become more of a bad joke, simply because it's always been a bad joke. In any case, I'm not here for the tolerance, I'm here because furfans still have at least some interest in original creations.

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    Back in the dark days when I was on the FA forums, the peer pressure from veterans was pretty intense; newcomers needed to become cynical assholes in order to survive in there or they'd get trampled and shit on by the mass. Other than that, I haven't really seen peer pressure anywhere. Most artists who don't draw porn aren't pressured, they're just ignored altogether.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ibuuyk View Post
    Back in the dark days when I was on the FA forums, the peer pressure from veterans was pretty intense; newcomers needed to become cynical assholes in order to survive in there or they'd get trampled and shit on by the mass. Other than that, I haven't really seen peer pressure anywhere. Most artists who don't draw porn aren't pressured, they're just ignored altogether.
    If by cynical assholes you mean "read the rules and stickied information" then sure whatever

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    I've met a few rude and oppressive people in the fandom, especially on the FAForums, but I haven't really seen any "pressuring." But then again, I'm not very active in forums and I've never gone to any furmeets or the like. I've been in the fandom for about the same time, but mostly for the art and not the social aspect.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ibuuyk View Post
    ... Most artists who don't draw porn aren't pressured, they're just ignored altogether.
    ^This. I know I'm not a great illustrator and I mostly do sketches, but I don't do smut. Whenever I submit something, it will get little views on the front page while any surrounding explicit picture, no matter how poorly drawn, will always get more views and favourites.

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    Unfortunately, you do have to work harder and be that much better when you don't do outright porn, but it is possible to build a following in furry circles without it, even if it takes a little longer, and it's been my experience that the people who want clean, quality art are willing to pay well to get it. As for being ignored by the rest, seeing what some artists have to put up with, I'm not sure that's such a bad thing.

    I don't think you necessarily have to be a cynical asshole to go against the tide, but you do have to have a certain amount of stubbornness to keep at it. Weasyl has one of the nicer forums, but others, it's best to treat them as a toxic substance, and limit your exposure as much as possible.

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    If you're an artist in the furry community and not doing porn you're that guy. You either enjoy being that guy or you change genres, there is no other reasoning.
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