In our previous article, we made passing reference to the furry fandom fetish that has taken off to such an extent that it has even become parodied in various comedy progammes such as Family Guy and The Simpsons, but what exactly is it. While speaking on the matter one of our girls mentioned that she had a friend, whose boyfriend liked her to dress up as a fox (complete with ears and a tail) when they were having sex…a bit of a kink she thought, little knowing she had stumbled over a rapidly growing new fetish.
Indeed, having turned on the TV the other day and browsing through the Sky channels CSI appeared to also have cottoned on to this new fad that is also (it appears) sweeping the States. The episode called ‘Fur and Loathing’ feature furries were the main focus of the show when a man was found dead fully dressed as a raccoon.
Before you think of looking at various internet forums, you may want to better aquaint yourself with some of the vocabulary used by participants, including words such as‘fursona’ (furry persona), ‘plushie’ (person who loves cuddly toys), ‘fleshie’ (a non-furry person), ‘fursuiters’ (people who dress in animal costumes), ‘yiff’ (furry pornography), and ‘skritching’ (scratching and grooming). It should also be noted that the word ‘plushie’ has also been used to describe someone who has a sexual paraphilia concerning sexual arousal to stuffed animals.
There is no official definition of what a ‘furry’ actually is although most furries would agree that they share an interest in fictional anthromorphic animal characters that have human characteristics and personalities and/or mythological or imaginary creatures that possess human and/or superhuman capabilities. Furthermore, furries are often said to identify with (and may even desire to assume) characteristics of non-human animals. One description on a Furry website, identified themselves as the following:
“A furry is a person who identifies with the Furry Fandom culture. Furry Fandom is the collective name given to individuals who have a distinct interest in anthropomorphic animals such as cartoon characters. Many, but not all, furries strongly identify with, or view themselves as, one (or more) species of animal other than human. Common furry identities (“fursonas”) are dragon, feline (cat, lion, tiger), and canine (wolf, fox, domestic dog) species. Some furries create mixed species such as a “folf” (fox and wolf) or “cabbit” (cat and rabbit). Furries rarely, if ever, identify with a nonhuman primate species. Many furries congregate in cyberspace, enjoy artwork depicting anthropomorphized animals, and attend Furry Fandom conventions”
A recent study revealed the following statistics which may offer more enlightenment to the uninitiated, of the furry community. Among female furries, none were homosexual, 58.3% were heterosexual, and 41.7 % were bisexual. In relation to preferred species identity, furries were most likely to report being wolf, fox, lion, tiger, folf (fox/wolf), and cabbit (cat/rabbit hybrid).
The researchers were also interested in either confirming or disconfirming some of the stereotypes surrounding the furry fandom (many of which emanated from their journalistic and media portrayal in the early 2000s). Below is a list of the main stereotypes followed by the extent to which Gerbasi and colleagues data either confirmed or disconfirmed them.
“Males are more likely to be furries than females” (Confirmed)
“Furries recall liking cartoons more as children than others” (Confirmed)
“Furries like science fiction more than others” (Confirmed)
“Common furry species are wolf and fox” (Somewhat confirmed)
“Male furries wear both beards and glasses more than other males” (Not confirmed)
“Furries are employed in computer or science fields” (Somewhat confirmed)
“Furries wear fursuits” (Somewhat confirmed)
“A preponderance of male furries are homosexual” (Not confirmed)
“Furries consider themselves less than 100% human” (Somewhat confirmed)
“Furries would be 0% human if possible” (Somewhat confirmed)
“Furries are perceived as having behaviors common to personality disorders” (Not confirmed)
Furries have specific kinds of connections to their species which parallel aspects of gender identity disorder” (Somewhat confirmed)
I think it is likely to agree that surely one o f the greatest appeals to dressing up as a furry is that unlike most cosplay where the person is still identifiable (at least in their vague physical shape and form), a furry costume completely removes any sense of identity. Just as years ago putting your car keys in a bowl in a room full of strangers began to take off as the idea of being unknown began to entice and thrill, is it so hard to imagine that the same thrill cannot be gained from grabbing someone based not upon what they look like but perhaps instead of how well they imitate the animalistic behaviour of the particular animal they have chosen to embody for that evening?
In fact if you asked many of our girls how many of them have dressed up for Halloween as sexy cats or foxes we doubt you would be particularly surprised to hear it is the majority at some point in their lives. Perhaps the next time you ask your partner or one of our dress up, who would you like but rather as what.