Furries hit the mainstream?

So I couldn’t help smiling reading the Metro* on the Tube this morning** when I came across this piece on Furries. Yes, Furries in the Metro.

It neatly explains and quite successfully normalises the motivations behind the human desire to dress as an animal and hang around with others who like the same.

It even gives readers some tips on furry lingo. Says the piece:

A common misconception about furries is they want to have sex with real animals. This confusion often comes from hardcore sites which contain sketches of a half-man, half-zebra figure having sex with a lion or orgies of lesbian wolves. Others describe the beauty of busty cows and curvy, doe-eyed donkeys. However, this is an unfair reflection – furries are far more interested in the idea of humans and animals ‘as one’.

Of course, Furries have been a big part of online cultures for a long long time, and they are very visible in places like Second Life.

But I am tempted to check out the furry meets, especially the world’s largest furmeet which, according to the article, takes place in Pittsburgh. Around 4,000 furries are expected at Anthrocon, next week.

I especially like this comment from one of the contributors, FoxB:

I know of relationships that evolve in the furry community between two people but I just like dressing up and looking like a prat. It makes me happy.

Nice to see the Metro shining a light on the furry fellas.

*The Metro is the free newspaper every commuter in urban areas across the UK know and sometimes love.

**Despite many irritating delays today.

***Image from the Metro. I love the bunny at the end fiddling with his/her head.

2 responses to “Furries hit the mainstream?

  1. Hey there!

    Someone just linked me to your blog post, and I thought I’d post a quick comment.

    I read the same article myself on the way to work and spent a lot of the journey with my fist jammed in my mouth. I’m a furry, and while it had moments of nice coverage (most of which you quoted), thing like the ‘boxout’ of furry terms made me cringe horribly.

    One thing that does sort of confuse me about media coverage of furries is their insistence of using paid models in terrible, TERRIBLE fursuits for their pictures. Fursuiting is a huge part of the community, there are some absolutely amazing looking suits and those who own them love nothing more than a chance to show them off… and yet we end up with pictures like the ones above which, trust me, most furries wouldn’t be seen dead in!

    You really should come check out the furry meets sometime, they’re an awful lot of fun. If you’re curious, there are London based ones every 3 weeks or so. We get around 100 or so regulars everytime, so it might not be Anthrocon, but we’re fairly large and rather friendly.

    You should drop by the UKFur forums if you’re interested – http://forum.ukfur.org

    I’m on there as Kittiah, say hi ;)
    - Kitt

  2. Furries are all kinds of awesome.

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