is no one single
definition of what a furry is. Even within the furry fandom
, people cannot always agree on just
what makes a person
a furry or not.
Some would argue that
to be a furry, you must think
like one (i.e. use furry specific words and phrases). Even if you go to conventions, wear a fursuit
, draw the art, writes the stories etc but don't talk using furry lingo, you're not a furry. Basically, someone that
but doesn’t talk the talk.
Others would argue that
even liking anthropomorphic creatures makes
you a furry. You may have no idea the furry fandom exists or have ever heard of a furry convention, let alone any of the websites; simply liking 'anthro' critters makes
you a furry.
The way I see it, if or if you don’t
consider yourself a furry is a matter of personal opinion.
As with any hobby, most furries are normal people
anyone you'll meet
or anywhere. Then there is the small percent that
are hard core
fans and have taken what for most is a hobby and perverted
it (sometimes in an all to literal sense).
As is with so many other things in life, the few that
take it too far tend to be the loudest. The silent majority are often forced into
silence by the loud
majority for fear that people
will label them as being in the same class
as the minority that
of the internet and the relative anonymity that
some sites grant their users is people
are able to engage in activities (even if only on a virtual level) that
they would never even consider doing
in real life. An example of this is trolls
of message boards that say things
to people they’d never say to them in person. I think a lot of the stereotypes associated
are because of this.
In conclusion, as with any hobby, there are some furries
that have taken it too far and/or perverted
what for many is a fun harmless hobby.