Being a Furry Can Change Your Life

(Related Question: Am I Secretly a Furry?)

Comments

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This was a really nice article to read. It gave me some perspectives about my own fandom I had not considered before. Nice writing and a good job.

I'm glad you had such a great time at a fun convention and let your lapin flag fly ^.^

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Well now you've got me wondering if I should test the waters...great article, seriously!
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I gotta say- even though furries have never been my cup of tea, I was pleasantly surprised to see you take a rather honest and open minded approach to exploring the topic, rather than staying at arms length with a cynical and condescending tone like one would expect from the Stranger's staff writers. Well done.
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What a sweet thoughtful article. Well done.
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Say what you may about furries, but we do surrealism pretty well
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1) Costumes allow us to suspend our own appearance and image of ourselves, and the feeling can be liberating.
2) In order to enact social change, we must change ourselves.
3) Furryfest sounds like a great way to achieve the above two items, AND create community.
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I've known number of furries. One of them gave me a lot of help when I was learning to draw. All seemed very nice people with nothing but good intentions. At worst some were a little high strung and had socializing issues.

I don't get the hostility towards them. It's like they trigger some people and it brings out the inner highschool jock bully.
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Matt makes me less worried about the loss of talent on slog. Lots of great writing so far!
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For the several years I was in Pittsburgh, I lived across the street from the Anthrocon host hotel. Maybe I should have taken greater advantage of it, but just seeing my neighborhood overrun by all these cute, fun creatures was a joy.
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The thing I don't get about furries is this:
How does wearing a lifeless fabric facsimile of the identity you've chosen as WHO YOU ARE not drive you mad? It's pretty ghoulish if you think about it.
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@venomslash:

Sometimes playing another character allows you to roleplay a different you, and that's liberating.
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Nice! I love this article! Thank you guys so much for writing it and understanding and respecting the fandom! I actually am a secret longtime furry myself and love the fandom! I cosplay as a bunny too! I hope you enjoyed Rainfurrest and hope to see you next year there! 🐇🐰🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾
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Eh. This article although well written does seem to enforce a few stereotypes about furries.

For one, only about 12% of the fandom actually wear fursuits. The most broad definition of a furry is someone who is a fan of anthropomorphism.

The definition in this article: "Furries are people who think of themselves as animals, or at least nonhuman avatars" is gonna turn some heads and make people think that most of us are weird (not that i have anything against dressing up as animals).

You could say that Walt Disney was a furry. It is just a hobby that a lot of people share and you don't have to think of yourself as an 'animal' to be a part of it.
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The cute nearly overwhelmed me. And the 'it takes a lot more than that to stress out a bunny' bit strikes very close to home. It definitely seems like a retreat, although I suspect my own fursona would come out a bit more predatory than a wee bunny rabbit...