Furry Ins and Outs

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How "out" are you with your furry?

No one knows. Locks and passwords for me.
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37%
Just a few furry friends. Definately not family.
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25%
I neither hide nor announce it. If folks ask, I say.
142
34%
I tell everyone about how cool it is!
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4%
 
Total votes : 417

Furry Ins and Outs

Postby bennie » Wed Apr 28, 2004 10:27 pm

This one is from Drakkel. It's kind of interesting. How "out" are you with being furry.

I've seen some folks who practically "flame" furry. I tend to avoid discussing it at work and such, myself. Much like I would avoid any unsafe topic such a sexuality. I think it's more about professionalism than anything else. That being said, a few folks at work know.

I guess it's along the same lines of folks who flame being gay versus those who are comfortably gay. When some folks first get to be out of the closet they go waaaaay overboard. Regardless of your pespective, there are times when it's not socially appropriate to be talking about sexual orientation. I guess time makes that more apparent.

So what about eveyone else?
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Postby Spira Inferno » Wed Apr 28, 2004 10:31 pm

I told my mom but she just gave me a confussed look. I dont think she knows what macro means. But if someone asks me my favorite animal, i either say dragons(most the time) or foxes.
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Postby Tombfyre » Wed Apr 28, 2004 10:43 pm

Well I know enough furs in the general area that I'm not exactly silent about it. But I don't go around telling everyone either. Nobody's asked yet, so I havn't said anything. I generally reserve exposing my true life and stuff to people I think would understand and give a damn.
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Postby Duct Tape Fanatic » Wed Apr 28, 2004 10:57 pm

Right, when the whole family comes over and starts socializing, it's usually not a good thing to say, "Hey, cousin Bob! If your German Shepard had breasts and a curvy figure I'd think she was hot, what about you? Or are you guys more into wolf and fox girls (which would be me)?"

Yeah, I'm pretty sure the people I hang out with don't even KNOW about the whole furry craze, much less vore, macro, and the yiffy things we come across frequently out here.

To answer your question, obviously this means that IRL nobody knows about this little "interest" of mine. To tell the truth, it kind of gets lonely sometimes, despite being able to talk online, when you're in a group that you know would never look at you the same way if they knew the truth can be downright depressing.

Never mind wondering what your parents and siblings would think or say. Can you just imagine, "Where did we go wrong?" Popping up over and over. And of course your friends would probably still be your friends, but then when you watched Animal Planet they'd probaby snigger and say, "hey, you watching porn?"

But, yeah, back to flamers. After hearing about SomethingAwful's ragging of Rogue's page I went there to see how bad it was. Turned out it was so bad that one columnist said, "I have personally declared war on the furry/vore tyes out there." He followed up by saying, "we can only hope they go to a convention and eat each other out of existence."

Yeah, right, General, how do you plan to win this war? Through making enough smartass comments that all the furry-types get sad, leave the net and never do anything again? Pshaw, you've got a snowball's chance in hell.

So, that means two things. Number one he doesn't like this stuff, and number two he's an ignorant simpleton since he thinks that furry lovers are all the same. So, we're obviously dealing with yet another moron who took less than five minutes to come up with his opinion, and he's never going to examine the furry side of it.

But I did have to mentally agree when he bemoaned a smut picture involving Simba and Scar from The Lion King. I don't care what your preference is, but seeing Disney characters doing what they were was pretty unsettling to me.

Maybe not so much as the M/M, but I couldn't help thinking about some five-year-old doing a search on animals and coming to that? Laugh all you want, but that's EXACTLY how I found this place. I was looking for some animal stuff, and I typed "vixen" along with some other stuff, and lo and behold, where should my search engine spit me out but right in the middle of Arilin's "Paintball" story.

Needless to say, since I'd never even heard of macros or furries at that point I received quite a shock. But rather than be horrendously disgusted I instead was hooked deeply into all of this, and after searching through pages and links of similar content I realized there was an entire online community dedicated to this stuff, and of course I chose to join it.

Sorry to spell out my life story there, but I've been meaning to tell it for a while.

Of course, that's my opinion (duh, whose else would it be?). But, yeah, I have seen some stuff that goes WAY farther than it should, but unlike that guy I'll let them do their thing.

Well, anyway, the guy's never running for president, and he could never get Congress to pass a law banning furry and vore (they'd laugh him out of the legislative branch), so, I'll just ignore him and wait for that jerk to be arrested in a drug raid.
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Postby Malcolm the Bear » Wed Apr 28, 2004 11:37 pm

Not sure if they'd laugh him out, seeing as how conservative our government has been as of late...but that's all I'll say on that matter, since I don't want to start some sort of political flame war here.

I've only told one person I know IRL who's not a furry herself, and only because she was talking about how different she lived her life online as opposed to IRL, and she inquired how different I was online...so I told her that I'm a Furry. She didn't really know what Furry is, so I gave her a brief overview and warned her about the misinforming presentations of Furry in the media (i.e. MTV, Jimmy Kimmel, CSI, Vantiy Fair, etc.).

That's how I'd assume most people to be down here in the Deep South, smack-dab in the heart of the Bible Belt--they simply don't even have a clue about the existence of the Furry fandom/subculture, since it's something that seems to be a complete breach in their perception of reality.

Anyway, other than her, I know a couple other furs IRL who I hang out with from time to time when we can. If asked, I wouldn't deny it--I'm sort of tired of hiding it (like I was tired of hiding my homosexuality until early last Autumn).
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Postby Nyx » Thu Apr 29, 2004 12:35 am

I haven't told anyone about my sexuality, except for one really good friend. Luckily, he was very understanding about it (well, except when he teased me about wanting to see a two-hundred foot Tom Cruise in armor when we went to see The Last Samurai. A swift kick to his shin ended his taunting quickly :wink: ) Sadly, my sexual interests aren't something that I can share with most people.
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Postby MrPerson » Thu Apr 29, 2004 2:12 am

I have -one- friend (out of my non-online ones) who knows that I draw these things, at least. I showed him a couple of issues of MegaMorphics, in fact, and he actually thought some of it was pretty cool, though I doubt I won him over to the cause. Either way, we're still good friends.

Telling my mom, though? Well, if she happened upon one of my drawings, I'd rather just tell her outright than leave her in the dark. Same goes for my dad, though I think he'd react a bit more, ah, harshly :) Really, the same would go for all of my offline friends, now that I think of it. Not knowing how -anyone- will react means that I'll keep my mouth shut 'till I have no choice but to spill the beans.
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Postby Duct Tape Fanatic » Thu Apr 29, 2004 2:49 am

Yeah, Malcolm, I probably shouldn't have even mentioned Congress. All it would take for cyber-armageddon would be for just one Democrat and one Republican to start flaming the crap out of each other over something like Iraq or Kerry and Bush, then they'd probably drag scores of other people into it.

Before too long, everybody'd be so wrapped up in calling each other liberals, warmongers and leftists, rightists, left-wingers, and right wingers, that we'd all forget what started this mess.

Well, that's what would happen with America politics. I know we have folks in Europe, Canada, Singapore, and someone else said they were Japonese not too long ago. So, hopefully they'd have more sense than us, maw ha ha.

And as to the Deep South and the Bible Belt. Trust me, I live in Georgia, you know, where everybody was fighting over the state flag a while back? Right, some of my friends aren't exactly total Jesus freaks, but yeah, I can see where you're coming from.

I mean, we had to explain to some relatives that Harry Potter WASN'T satanic, or whatever the local preacher told them. So, I'm thinking they'd probably have that stereotyped reaction.

"I don't know what he's a talk'n 'bout, Jethro, but it seems to me like it ain't something tha Lord and Savior would approve of."

"Yep, Ezra (spits in can), that boy needs to spend more time in church instead of on that thar devilish machine look'n at all sorts of thangs that we don't know about."

"Yessir, that's the problem with this world. Everybody thinks they can replace Jesus with all them techno-gadgets from the city and up North. WE DON'T NEED NONE O' THAT! This family has done just fine farm'n this God-blessed land for five generations."

"Well, we'll just have to put a cross in front of that one-eyed monster o' his. Maybe it'll stop the spam? I sure am tired of them Vi-agra ads--'specially since I dunno want that stuff is. Well, (spits again), guess it's time to slop tha hogs, SUUUIIIIEEEEEE!"

I'd like to think that since everyone I know has access to the Internet they'd at least hear about it. Unfortunately, they've probably all heard about it the wrong way.

When did MTV and CSI talk about it anyway?

To tell the truth, I can't really say how close to that the average Southerner would react. My mother's from up North and my father came from your typical South farm. They met in college (yeah, the Internet wasn't around then so how else do you suppose it could have hapened?)

I can only imagine how the wedding went with both sides of the family there.

So, I'm kind of half-Yankee and half-Rebel. If the Civil War started again I wouldn't have a clue of which side to join. And yeah, everyday I see the old Stars and Bars flag on either a shirt, a pole, or a license plate. The South isn't half as crazy as you think, maybe just a fourth of what you think.

I won't say anything more on that since it'd be another provocation for a flamewar. But as a result, I find that IRL when I talk to people I have a neutral accent (for instance, I say, "you guys", instead of going, "y'all," or, "youse guys." Think of it as a mix of Dixie and Boston)

So, yeah, even so you'e probably right in stating that 90% of the people here are clueless to the exisence of furries, but hey, I'm glad to be in the 10% that isn't.

And on a final note, as to sexuality, hey, everybody doesn't need to know if you don't want them too. There's plenty of it going around as it is. I mean, cripes, this isn't the tabloids and we're not a bunch of celebrities.
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Postby MasterNightBlade » Thu Apr 29, 2004 3:33 am

Well, basically, if anyone asks me if I like furries, I say yes. If they ask me if I'm into furry s*x or anything, I clearly say NO. I'm not really, I just like the art, and I prefer it vastly to other forms of art. Truth be told, I'm not that uncomfortable with those people who do REEEEEEEAALLY hardcore drawings, furry OR non-furry, or whatever, but I hate the negative stigma that generally follows the word "furry". The stuff that's here is OK, there's never anything TOO out there, and I'm greatful for that. The same goes for my sexuality, if anyone asks, I say I'm asexual (wanting neither male nor female), and that's true. I look at both of them, but the words SEXSEXSEXSEXSEXSEXSEXSEX don't run through my head everytime I see an attractive person, male or female. I simply have no longing whatsoever to jump their bones. Period.
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Postby Rattus » Thu Apr 29, 2004 6:14 am

Well, I was completely hidden about it for a while. Then, in my senior lunch, I heard the "Y word" uttered very quietly in a nearby table, I picked up my stuff, excused myself from my current table and went over and chatted up a strom, well, a quiet storm.

I would never tell my mother. She honestly didn't like the fact I read Oedipus Rex in school. I think if I ever combined the words 'fur' and 'sex' in the same sentence, she'd disown me. She's one of those people who is a real bigot, but claims to be liberal and tolerant. I just can't stand hypocrites.

My dad, on the other hand, is now single, and getting more open minded, I don't think I would ever overtly tell him, but I think he knows I'm at least different, if not a furry macrophile.

You know, we are for the most part, young, and vibrant. We shouldn't feel ashamed of how we are at any time, but we also shouldn't rub it in peoples faces. I have a new policy with my friends at school, if they ask, I tell them as much as they want to and are ready to hear. Curiosity and morbid interest are two very different things. Fortunatley, I'm not the most open Fur in school, and thus another 18 year old takes the cake, and, in large part, the spotlight off the rest of us.
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