Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willie (1928)

Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willie (1928) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ah, the furry fandom. The group geeks turn to when they aren’t complaining about alleged “fake geek girls”. Anthropomorphic animals have been around for quite a long time, since even before Mickey Mouse. With fans of everything from dragons to Klingons to robot, why are we that surprised that humans with animal characteristics or animals with human characteristics have a fan base?

And yet they are often accused of wanting to do naughty thinks to Spot and Mrs. Fluffykins. But why? Are all furries into sex with even anthropomorphized animals? Well, obviously some are, but not all of them. So why do they like “funny talking animals” and what about that small percentage that does find bunny ladies attractive…but not necessarily actual bunnies?

I mentioned this video during our Dr. Wertham discussions this week because he was trying to blame sexual fetishes on comics. And yet not everyone who reads comics want to perform those acts. I have met a few furries at conventions and while playing Second Life, which has it’s own negative reputations as if there weren’t far worse games out there. (Another time perhaps.) And while there are some perverted fans, you can find someone who wants sexbots to be a reality or think Klingon mating rituals are pretty cool. Why do the furries not get the same pass? That won’t be answered in tonight’s VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED!!!!! (just barely within BW’s “PG” guidelines) video presentation by Lockstin from Gnoggin, who tries to explain the furry fandom, and that small group of fetishists.

We have a furry convention here in Connecticut, Furpocalypse, which raises money for animal-based charities. It replaced the previous convention, FurFright. (They’re both Halloween conventions for furry fans.) I wouldn’t mind checking it out one day out of curiosity. Having grown up with anthropomorphic animal characters and being a science fiction fan I’m at least a fan of the concept and would like to see more than the Furry Parade they have at ConnectiCon each year to see how the actual furry community actually acts as opposed to what anti-furries say it is. However, I couldn’t afford any of the other conventions this year, including ConnectiCon, so that’s not too likely this year. Maybe someday.

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A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

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  1. Sean says:

    If you’re attending a Furry convention and you’re not a Furry, then one should be very careful and alert while attending such a function. At least one out of three Furries in attendance at such a convention (using a statistic from the video) have a fetish in relation to this activity. Yes, they should be able to have their freedom to participate in their Furry culture. But non-Furries need to think carefully about getting too close to those cultural activities. Some really weird things must happen at those Furry conventions.

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    • That’s the stereotype I posted this to counteract. I don’t think I’m going to be raped by someone in a mascot costume if I go to Furpocalypse. Remember, there’s still that two out of three and I don’t think the one wants to ostracize him or herself from the community by making them look bad. I’m sure I’ll be fine and just see people in fursuits dancing and having fun in their animal persona. Even fetishists are not always horrible people and keep their kinks to those they know follow them.

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      • Sean says:

        I see what you’re saying. I guess for me, this video gave me bad vibes about some of the Furries. Seeing this video makes me know it’s something I don’t want to get too close to. But I can respect their freedom to meet and hold conventions. For instance, I don’t want to get too close to an Insane Clowns Possee concert with all the Jugalos who hang out there. But I do understand they have the right to assemble.

        Oh, and the video clip should have been considered PG-16 if such a rating existed.

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  2. Sean says:

    I can’t explain it. It’s just I know that witnessing a Furrie convention is not my thing. The closest I’ve gotten to it is the fur trading historical reenactments that I’ve witnessed in the Pacific Northwest (Washington State and British Columbia). Those animals were dead in the forms of furs being traded at Hudson Bay Company trading posts such as Fort Nisqually and Fort Langley. Also, I like seeing real animals in both zoos and in wilderness areas. Pet cats, dogs, and other creatures are awesome. But seeing people dressed up in full animal costumes…..it was ok at Chuck E Cheese’s when I was a youngster, but I just can’t handle being around adults dressed in full animal costumes.

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