When I saw the subject, the first thing that sprung to mind was furry toys or plush toys. I like plush toys, but definitely not as a kink, so decided to google ‘furries’. I was surprised to learn that it had absolutely nothing to do with plush toys.
What exactly are ‘furries’ or ‘furry fandom’? Of course I read through an article on Wikipedia, in which I found this:
The furry fandom is a subculture interested in fictional anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics. Examples of anthropomorphic attributes include exhibiting human intelligence and facial expressions, the ability to speak, walk on two legs, and wear clothes. Furry fandom is also used to refer to the community of people who gather on the Internet and at conventions.
According to four different surveys, 14–25% of the fandom members report homosexuality, 37–52% bisexuality, 28–51% heterosexuality, and 3–8% other forms of alternative sexual relationships. Of the furry fans that reported being in a relationship (approximately half of the surveyed population), 76% were in a relationship with another member of furry fandom. Examples of sexual aspects within furry fandom include erotic art and furry-themed cybersex. The term “yiff” is most commonly used to indicate sexual activity or sexual material within the fandom—this applies to sexual activity and interaction within the subculture whether in the form of cybersex or offline.
Sexual attraction to furry characters is a polarized issue within the fandom; in one survey with 4300 furry respondents, 37% answered that sexual attraction is important in their furry activities, 38% were ambivalent, and 24% answered that it has little or nothing to do with their furry activities. In a different online survey, 33% of furry respondents answered that they have a “significant sexual interest in furry”, another 46% stated they have a “minor sexual interest in furry”, and the remaining 21% stated they have a “non-sexual interest in furry”. The survey specifically avoided adult-oriented websites to prevent bias.
Searching some more, I found that there’s an entire website on Furry Fandom. Here they explain what furries are, what furry fandom is, they show furry costumes and talk about furry art and you can find dates and more information on furry conventions.
I can say that this subject and researching it was kind of an eye-opener to me. I had no idea that this even existed, even though I now realize I have seen this in art. This was the section of the Furry Fandom page that had the most of my attention and made me realize that I am not into furries at all. Many times I have used anime art on my site to illustrate some of my stories. There is a gold mine of art from various brilliant artists on the site of Konachan. I sometimes search for the right picture to go with my story for a very long time and I seem to always reject the pictures where the girls have animal ears on tails. Somehow, they just do not appeal to me. I don’t find them sexy. I don’t think they fit in with my stories.
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