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Transcript of Furry Fandom
With the creation of Albedo Anthropomorphics (a cartoon character drawn by Steve Gallacci), people started a discussion about anthropomorphic characteristics in humans. This led to the formation of a discussion group that met at conventions.
According to fandom historian Fred Patten, the word “furry” has its origin at a science fiction convention in 1980. The specific term furry fandom has been used in fanzines as early as 1983, and had became the standard name for the genre by the mid-1990s.
However, fans consider the origins of furry fandom to be much earlier, with fictional works such as Kimba, The White Lion (1965) or Robin Hood.
There are many examples of anthropomorphic creatures throughout different mythologies. One of them is the great Sphinx of Giza – the lion/man without nose is an anthropomorphic animal because it has a human’s head and a lion’s body.
During the 1980s, furry fans began to publish fanzines, developing a diverse social group that eventually began to schedule social gatherings. By 1987, there was enough interested people to stage the first furry convention.
Throughout the 90s, the Internet became accessible to the general population and became the most popular mean for furry fans to socialize. Nowadays it stills that way
Furries are more frequent in small towns rather than in large cities.
The furry fandom is male-dominated, with surveys reporting around 80% male respondents.
In Japan, this lifestyle is known as kemono.
In Portugal, there are only 40 known furries.
They don’t gathered in our country, but they
attend to other conventions.
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“According to a survey from 2008, most furries believe that visual art, conventions, literature, and online communities are strongly important to the fandom.”
- Price range: from 500 to 10.000$ FurryMUCK & Furcadia
- Plushies & fursuits ...petting, hugging and "scritching"...
ConFurence, Califur - Southern California
Anthrocon - Pittsburgh, in June
Further Confusion - San Jose, in January.
- From 2000 to 2009, $470,000 were raised in conventions for charity.
- A survey suggested that about 40% of furries had attended at least one furry convention.
Websites and online communities
- art community: Fur Affinity, Inkbunny, SoFurry and Weasyl;
- social networking: Furry 4 Life and FurNation;
- furry wikipedia: WikiFur;
- chats: FurNet and Anthrochat
- Newsgroups communities: alt.fan.furry
- webcomics/furry comics: T.H.E. Fox and Kevin and Kell
The term Furry Lifestyler is usually applied only to the more radical furries.
They do not see furry as a hobby, the furry mentality is present in their daily life. They live their real lives following the Furry Fandom values. Lifestylers identify themselves with their furry avatars in a more intense way than the other furries. They feel like they were chosen by the spirit of their avatars and not the other way around.
Furry Fandom in Portugal
There was a man, Albano de Jesus Beirão, who suffered from weird and uncontrollable attacks in which he resembled to irrational animals.
There was even one time that he climbed the “Torre dos Clérigos” without any help (or fear). People say that he used to get into foxes dens, and kick them out, due to his animal behavior.
At that time no one knew about Furries but he was later associated with them based on his behavior.
What is it?
The Furry Fandom followers dress up like animals but keep the human personalities and some characteristics.
They are part of a culture focused on nature and imaginary characters where beings from different species take life in a parallel universe
Types of Furries: the ones who value the spirit of nature, the cartoon Furries, the therians and the weres.
The Fursonas (Furrie + persona) are humans with animal characteristics, such as paws and tails. They usually are very open-minded people.
The community of people who gather on the internet (video games and chat rooms) and at conventions is also called by the name Furry Fandom.
Some examples of Furspeech are:
Fursona - Persona
Somefur - Someone
Purrfect - Perfect
Furplay - Foreplay
Yiff - an expression of sexual interest or activity; a replacement for the English profanity word, Fuck ("Ah, yiff that!" or "Yiff You!"); to express happiness; or as a descriptive acronym (YIFF - "Young Incredibly Fuckable Furry")
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The term alternative lifestyles refers to other lifestyles outside society's norms, such as eating only a vegan diet or dressing in a certain way. Some choose to live alternative lifestyles because of a conscious choice they made. Others feel like living outside the box is the only way for them to be who they really are.
In our work, we are going to show you a peculiar lifestyle that might surprise you.
(1) (noun) Like furries, but of an avian species with feathers instead of fur. See also "Furries" and "Scalies".
(1) (verb) To talk or chat
(2) (verb) A sound made to show surprise or annoyance
(1) (noun) Like furries, but of a reptilian species with scales instead of fur. See also "Furries" and "Featheries".
We had never heard about this lifestyle before so it was very interesting to get to know it.
In spite of having subscribed to an online furry community, we don’t intend to visit it again. It was all part of the research.
In our opinion, some aspects of furries behavior are quite strange and we are not considering to become one.
Inês Hermenegildo n.º 10, 11.º C
Margarida Veloso n.º 16, 11.º C
Mariana Cruz n.º 19, 11.º C
Marta Ferreira n.º 21, 11.º C
Fursuiting and Furspeech are very popular among Furry Lifestylers. Furspeech or Furspeak is the language that furries use to communicate with each other. They even have a “Furry Dictionary”.