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.