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Welcome to the secret world of furries - people who enjoy wearing animal costumes in their adult life.

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Lime W.
Lime W.

I'm 14 and I'm a furry that is a wolf.. I do want to save up for my own suit, however I do not think in anyway that I am part animal or used to be.. That is a tad bit odd. And when people such as this community have to opportunity to prove that some of that fandom or most is not strange=(as in love yiff, eat dog food, and think they are animal, etc.).  They just go ahead and choose the wrong people to model stuff after and  make the fandom sound even worse. A perfect example is CSI "Fur and Loathing". When I told my mom I was a furry that is all she though about and still thinks about to this very day. She would probably not have thought so revoltingly of furries if they had not of made such a show..                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 How can people everywhere including the people who hear about us on the internet, and watch shows, and see us on the streets judge us so greatly if they've never met one of us in person?   I know you may think I'm just some pointless stupid kid saying this, however think about it and hear me out. I know only 10 people are so called "listening". I'd like to hear opinions on what you think I'm actually trying to say here.

Dark Hammer
Dark Hammer

As a furry, I see nothing wrong with wanting to let your inner self out.  no I don't need to think I am a panther to be that panther for a weekend convention.  My local group has fun.  we meet up at a restaurant every other weekend and shoot pool, have a beer, play games and mingle.  We talk about common things.  we share art.  I am an animation student, and one of the first things you have to think of when  you talk cartoons is a talking rabbit and a talking mouse.  

Luke Diebold
Luke Diebold

hmm well. . dat nose poking at the end. x3 heck to my self looks like they are just having fun. . my mom being 53 loves parties and loves the ideas of my 'fursonas' or 'characters'. . heck its just for fun and meeting some like minded people.  But really people always want to defend what they think and know. . .then the others defend what they think and know. . .then if the two are different in anyway they lash out. . but eh not like anyone is dying from something like this. . . p.s. Looks like they had fun messing with the crew like I know they did . . some how I just know they messed with the camera guy.

Zark Teltrasky
Zark Teltrasky

if someone thinks they are a fictional cartoon animal, or wants to have sex with an animal, cartoon or otherwise, they need to seek psychiatric help immediately. And don't delude yourself by saying the furry fandom isn't about fetishes. It is. You even see in the video the type of furry "art" that plagues websites like deviantart. Take a scantily-clad woman, paste an animal head on her body, giver her paws (sexy right?) and bam you have furry "art'. Just absolutely amazing that these people don't understand how mentally unstable they look and act because of this "hobby". Ten years ago these people would be in a padded room. 

Peppermint Fox
Peppermint Fox

The factual information that was presented in the clip, from the upcoming episode of Taboo, concerns me. Towards the beginning of the clip, the narrator makes the statement that furry fandom is made up of people who believe that they are part human, part animal. Later on, the narrator says that research suggests that up to eighty-five percent of furry fandom believe that on some level that they are non-human. I would love to know where they got that data from, but I doubt that information will ever be made public to viewers. 

I have seen a lot of negativity, within the furry fandom, towards people who take the view that they are not human, or that they are not fully animal. A lot of furries believe those people to be role players who have taken it too seriously, delusional, mentally unstable, sick in the head, stupid, etc. I know what I am saying is based off personal experience,  rather than research, but I have gotten that a part of the furry fandom is really not that fond of people who identify as non-human.

The people who do believe that they are non-human would be considered otherkins and therians, which are two communities that are COMPLETELY SEPARATE from the furry fandom. People who consider themselves to be otherkin or therian often believe that in a past life they were non-human. There are some furries who do identify as therian or otherkin,  and there are some therians and otherkin who are in the furry fandom. 

It would also be nice for a documentary to touch on the fact that not all furries have an interest in wearing fursuits, ears, tails, etc. There are even some furries who do not have a fursona.

While it would be nice to believe that this documentary, when it airs, will be based off facts, but that is not something I can believe. I just view this as another documentary on furries that only exists to shock potential viewers without really caring about how it may affect the furry fandom or how it may mislead viewers. 

Christopher Ackerman
Christopher Ackerman

Yaknow I thought the geographic was above almost outright lying, but i gesh not.

Dark Hammer
Dark Hammer

@Zark Teltrasky So is it better to have the same thing but with humans?  Or does it really not matter?  Are we more nutty than the guy who married his car? or less sane than the people who choke themselves for sexual gratification?  Or is it simply you have not given us a chance and opened your mind to more than one thing.  They say guns kill people, but people need to pull the trigger.  so furry is the gun, and I see you holding the trigger by what your posting.  Whats the difference?  shooting a person and handicapping them or killing part of a person and handicapping them?  As of yet I have not heard of any furry shootings, furry rapists or furry cults terrorizing people.  and my 15 year old daughter that has been furry since she was 8 would disagree with the sexual references.  yes, there is a sexual side, but go to Vegas where prostitution is legal and try to cause a fuss.  

Red Wolfy
Red Wolfy

@Zark Teltrasky im sorry you feel that way man, im 18 an im a furry wolf. no I don't do it for the sex. people are allowed to wear whatever stands out in there personality, teachers wear uniforms, strippers wear light skimpy outfits x3 just making examples, furries should be allowed to express themselves as well. im getting sick an tired of furry haters, its you people that make me scared to wear my fursona.

Dega wolf
Dega wolf

@Zark Teltrasky dude look im a furry and 13, yes there is some art that is "adult" and I hate it there are some screwed up people out there but not many, and the artists are the same people , I don't dress up in a suit I have a tail and ears , but don't wear it in public, but furries aren't all sex crazed people who think they are animals!!!!!!! and you know what you are just spreading a stereotype! even kids are furries furries can be all ages

Zark Teltrasky
Zark Teltrasky

@Peppermint Fox people are shocked by your "fandom" not because the way the facts aren't presented truthfully. Its because even when all the facts are presented to your liking, at the end of the day it's not exactly socially acceptable to be obsessed with fictional anthropomorphic cartoon animals. If everyone walking down the street was wearing a sweaty animal costume because they are too insecure to be an adult and show their face I don't think we would accomplish much do you?

k d
k d

@Dark Hammer @Zark Teltrasky  I'm sorry, but as someone who has suffered from delusions and creating alter egos the furry world seems pretty close to what was going on inside my head. Yes, I did not choose an animal to become or to express what I felt I couldn't. Your alter ego is there so your mind can express to others what has been suppressed. Maybe you're actually a really energetic kid, but along the way that was squashed by parents, teachers, or eve yourself, thus you created something so you wouldn't feel guilty for feeling the way you feel. Whatever you furry's personality is, is what is being suppressed inside of you, emotionally. I'm not here to hurt you, but thinking you're part animal, if you do, and dressing up as the animal you want to be based on its temperament is not very healthy to the psyche, you will one day get too attached to your other self. Maybe you will enjoy him even more than you like yourself. But if that is your greatest joy and it helps you express what you can't express as a human and you need a puppet to do so, then be my guest. 

Simon Potter
Simon Potter

You do realize that furries are some of the most creative and influential  individuals in the world.  We are doctors, lawyers, scientists, engineers, ect.  because we dare to dream, and we refuse to let the idea remain a fantasy.

-Brennt