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    Question Stigma surrounding furries?

    Before I say what the question is, I should mention I've been a bit confused by the furry community. I've been told that furries are 'bad' for whatever reason. Could you please explain to me what, exactly, this reason is? (stuff like notorious furries ot porn, hypothetically speaking of course.) I've been meaning to get this question out when I joined ADISC.

    Also, I could potentially be a furry myself, it's just I prefer the reptilian variety. But I dunno.

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    I think a lot of people not familiar with it relate it to bestiality. Also, a lot of furry art is over the top, especially for someone not into it, so that's probably a turn off as well. In fact, a lot of furries in general can be over the top (as imo a lot of ABDLs can; y'know, the ones you see in TV shows like CSI giving us a bad rep). And then there's the fursuits, which, in an amazing notion of social hypocrisy, seem to be socially unacceptable unless it's at a sporting event.

    So, all these points considered, it's the typical "most of society can't handle something different." In my opinion, I can't stand most furry art and fursuits seem silly to me. But there is a lot of furry art I love, so it's really the style and often the facial expressions that turn me off, and as far as fursuits go, it's just not my thing. To each their own, eh? Just because I don't like it doesn't mean I hate it, a lesson a lot of people need to learn

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    So you're saying is what society views furries as their Theme Park Version? I'd understand the beastiality part because some artist feel *ahem* attached to their characters. Though, they're a Vocal Minority (the second most annoying trope ever) and they get the most attention out of any other furries. That makes sense, I suppose.
    That's not to say that they don't exist, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StormTroper View Post
    So you're saying is what society views furries as their Theme Park Version? I'd understand the beastiality part because some artist feel *ahem* attached to their characters. Though, they're a Vocal Minority (the second most annoying trope ever) and they get the most attention out of any other furries. That makes sense, I suppose.
    That's not to say that they don't exist, though.
    Yeah, that Vocal Minority part sounds pretty right. Same could be said about lots of things, though. But society, for the most part, will take anything even remotely unusual and hate it until it's socially unacceptable to hate that thing, and even then some will continue. That's also part of it. Classic case of people are assholes =P

    Likewise, even though I'm not a furry and usually dislike the art, I'm still cool with furries/anthro. Like, do what you want. I'm here, I know what it's like to have an unusual interest =P

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    I think ABs/DLs/Furries all have some negative connotations outside of our community, largely because of misconceptions, and as Kanone said, it tends to be the worst/most extreme examples of the furry community who get publicity, largely because people want to criticise things they don't understand, and it's easier to mock someone who is completely obsessed with a lifestyle choice than someone who works hard, has other interests, and is essentially a regular individual who happens to enjoy being a Furry/Babyfur/Diaperfur in their free time.

    As mentioned above, I think people do erroneously read bestiality into it, just like some ill-informed or prejudiced parts of society seem to think ABDL is about paedophilia as opposed to childlike wonder, or even at it's most sexual, an enjoyment of the physical sensations of diapers. Again, I think the problem is within wider society, not our own community. I haven't seen Furries face undue hostility here or on other similar sites.

    In truth, I wouldn't care too much about wider stigmas. Over time, society as a whole has been prejudiced against people based on all sorts of idiotic criteria like gender, religion, race and disability. Though not as serious or all-permeating, I think prejudice based on identity/lifestyle choices and sexual interests is another thing where people dislike what's different to the norm (if such a thing exists). As long as you don't let being a furry take over your life (and the same is true of any other activity), there's no problem with it whatsoever - and anyone who thinks otherwise is best ignored.

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    Despite the portrayal of furries in such dramatized TV shows, I've literally ~never once seen negative coverage of them in the mainstream press.

    Heck, a couple years ago, someone from Yahoo who had never even experienced the furry fandom at all went to Anthrocon and had a wonderful time. It was easily the best article I've seen on Yahoo -- period.

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    I'm not a furry but before I came to accept the fact that I wasn't quite normal I saw furries as gross, weird, completely screwed up and wrong and a lot of this was based on the misconception that furries are into beasteality or that they're just not right in the head. I now know that that isn't true but that was my misconception.

    I had the same basic misconception about adult babies before I realized that I was one.

    Humans are kind of programmed to look at something that is outside of there sphere or normalcy as wrong or bad and they even react to it with a kind of disgust and I personally don't think they realize that they do this, it's just conditioning.

    I knew a girl who looked at transgendered people as abominations and wrong and bad an she suffered from suicidal depression until she was in her 30's. Turns out she was body disphoric due to being transgendered herself and because of that conditioning wouldn't even consider her masculine tendencies as a sign of a bigger issue.

    People will go to extremes to be perceived as "normal" up to and including shunning or belittling an entire group of people just so they can feel seperate from them.

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    Again, thanks for your input. I was browsing TV Tropes again and found an article about furries (UsefulNotes/FurryFandom) which pretty much restated most of your answers. It revealed that the fandom suffers heavily from Broken Base, Vocal Minority, stereotypes, and tons of trolling even from other furries. I think maybe you should have a look at it.

    Still, thanks for your input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Penny View Post
    People will go to extremes to be perceived as "normal" up to and including shunning or belittling an entire group of people just so they can feel seperate from them.
    Ugh. I personally know a few people that do this to me, and it sucks. They don't even know I'm an AB or a furry, but they get all condescending-like whenever I watch cartoons.

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    Fursuters have fun and the public love's fursuiters most do.
    As long as you act cool.

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