It’s easy to only write about the kinks that turn you on – those are the ones that seem ‘normal’ to you. Because if you’re into it, it must be cool, right? Well, wrong. Being a furry isn’t my thing, but I know people that are into this culture. Here are five myths about being a furry that may surprise you.
1. Furries are just people who wear fursuits. We’ve all seen the people walking around in fursuits, and yes, 99.9% of those people are furries. But there is more to furries to wearing a fuzzy costume. So what is a furry? They are usually people with an interest in anthropomorphic literature, art, comics, or cartoons, feel some sort of strong connection with with animals, people who like the fluffy tails and pointy ears cute.
2. It’s just people who want to have sex in a fursuit – Hey, this is one I have thought of myself. Turns out, it’s just a myth. It may be how the media portrays this culture but it has no relation to reality. Almost every source that tracks furry behavior agrees that only a small percentage of furries have fursuits, and those that do don’t usually have sex in them.
3. Furries are into zoophilia (or bestiality) – Yep, not true. It’s another completely untrue myth, but a good part of the population may believe it. In truth, furries are strongly against any abuse of animals, and many would view it as equivalent to raping a human. Zoophilia is not common in the furry subculture because animals are generally held in such high regard. Which leads to the fourth myth –
4. Being a furry is a sexual fetish – In the scene, we see lots of furry paraphernalia – tails, ears, and so on, but to my surprise being a furry is not necessarily a sexual fetish. There are a lot of ‘pet play’ people out there who may be confused for furries, but, in fact, are a different subset of BDSM. So while you may see people who look like furries in the BDSM scene, being a furry is not necessarily their fetish. (Also, in all my years in the scene, I have only seen about two people in fursuits.)
5. Furries are sad, lonely, and unsuccesful people – I know we’ve all heard this (or even thought it), but in my research on furries it turns out that a great deal of them are computer programmers (like writing the kernel for Linux kind of programmers, hardcore stuff), and there is anecdotal evidence that there is a large furry population in Silicon Valley. In addition, furry conventions attract people from all walks of life, not the tired “middle age white guy” trope we are used to hearing.
This was a fun a topic to research, and even I learned a little something. I hope you did too. Until next time, keep talking the taboos!