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Lúaith

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Hello! My name is Lúaith (loo-ayth) and I am only recently learning anything about furries. I've been a part of a few facebook groups for like dragons and stuff and I've noticed a lot of negativity towards the furry community with their artistic depictions of the source material. Now, I understand that some of them were NSFW and shouldn't have been posted, but a lot of creatures were anthro and perfectly fine and I can't stand unwarranted hatred. It also occurred to me that I know very little of the furry lifestyle so I was hoping I could learn more about what it means to be a furry.

I hope to be opening different threads for some of my questions and I look very forward to talking to anyone who's willing! Please feel free to ask me questions about myself too and if I ever cross a line or get something wrong, tell/correct me. Please and thank you ^_^
 

MaxLusty

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Hello! Welcome to our community! I'm Max, an active member of this forum.
There's a lot to know about the furry community. From the NSFW to the non, all furries are a part of the cultural appreciation of anthropomorphic characters in images, animations, and other creative arts.
While the mainstream media mainly paints us as a bunch of sex-crazed zoophiliacs, many furries just like to appreciate how cool it would be to have a tail and fur, and other animal-specific qualities.
And then there are others who ARE sex crazed maniacs. But, as a whole, this is not a porn community. Its a creative one, one that's pumping out SFW images, comics, and character profiles every day faster than a metal factory pumps out bullets during wartime.
Another aspect of the furry community is roleplay. This site is based around roleplay a lot. Most fantasy franchises know that diverse races for character creation is essential to mixed and varied gameplay between experiences. Franchises like Elder Scrolls and Dungeons and Dragons offer the palyer a dozen or so races to choose from for this reason. Furries take it up a notch, by essentially making every animal species a playable race in roleplay games. Some roleplays are similar to other open-ended roleplays, focusing on adventure or a theme. And other role plays, like a lot on this site, are based on sexual encounters and fantasies.

I have more to say, as I researched a lot about this community before I fully developed as a furry. But its 1:30 AM for me and I am tired. Essentially, we're not just a porn group. We just think it would be cool to have animalistic features, and like to imagine and pretend we do on this site.
 

Skytech

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Realize that furry is extremely diverse centering around the attraction to non-human animals often anthropomorphic whether physical, mental or both. When you look at art and literature through history, humanity has always had a fascination with animals and perceiving human similarities of function and behavior. For tens and hundreds of thousands of years, we just didn't it 'furry'.

Furry is what a person wants out of it which is why it's so diverse. For some, it's anthropomorphic cartoon characters and for others it's being the animal whether by daydreaming, creating stories or wearing the skin by dressing up. For some it's superficial while others it's fanatical. There's enough for everyone and it's up to the individual to observe and evaluate what you experience and how you want to be part of it. It doesn't always have to be some deep devotion or conviction but merely an enjoyment of the phenomenon.
 
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@MaxLusty That makes sense. I figured that "furry" was kinda like an umbrella term where there are actually many branches.
I have nothing against like "sex crazed" :smile: To be completely honest, I'm a sexual person (not as in sexy...no I just enjoy sex). Is that a part of "yiffing" at all? Like I said, don't know much about the community.

As far as roleplaying, I used to do that quite a lot! I've definitely played as animals before or like X-Men styled characters that can turn parts or all of themselves into animals. I totally get that aspect, it just seems like you have to be, I'm not sure, more into it (?) to be considered a furry.

@Skytech Oh, for sure! Human beings existing side by side with creatures that had amazing strength or agility or grace or abilities definitely would've had a profound influence on them. Birds can fly and fish can breathe in water...it's amazing! Who wouldn't want to have the amazing eyes of a mantis shrimp? (No but really...and their punch.)

So what does it take to actually like label yourself a furry as opposed to how someone like me would just say that animals are cool or just occasionally roleplay as an animal?


And can I just say that I love how the smilie emoji is like a little animal?! So cute!!! :smile:
 

Skytech

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You can like sports or art or Star Trek without being a fanatic about it or you can have a love for those interests that you consider yourself a fan and would like to be considered part of the group who can have resources and knowledge to share. It doesn't have to be a strong interest just a feel of comradery with something shared.