n., adj. In the broadest definition, someone who finds the idea of anthropomorphic (humanlike) animals, in art, fiction, cartoons, costume, or other media, to be an appealing one. Furries are an extremely diverse group and no one furry may possess all, or any, of the traits typically associated with the group; furries can range from people who are fans of old Warner Bros. and Disney cartoons; people who enjoy portraying anthropomorphic animals in art; people who enjoy imagining what a future, past or alternative world might be like if humans were replaced with or accompanied by anthropomorphic animals; and people who like wearing costume tails, ears and/or animal mascot costumes, to those who feel spiritual connections to animals or to the animal form; those who admire the beauty, power, speed or grace of of the animal form; those who believe they have empathy with or can communicate with animals, for example people who work with them; people who have a great deal of respect for animal welfare; and people who find the concept of anthropomorphic animals enjoyable in a sexual way. (Amongst many, many other things.)
Those who do enjoy the erotic/adult side of furry are, like those who participate in any other sexual fetish or behaviour, almost always harmless in their indulgence of their fantasies, which usually involves erotic art and roleplay, and may involve consenting activities with fellow adults while in costume. Why people get uptight about what is such a cute, silly and affectionate expression of pleasure between two (or more) consenting adults when there's much worse out there to get worked up about such as child abuse, I'll never understand.
It's about fun, people. Try it sometime.
n. Furries often attend conventions.
adj. Furry art incoroprates many diverse forms of media.
n., sing. or pl. A person who holds the belief that they are not entirely (or not at all) human. Usually a spiritual belief pertaining to one's soul and the reincarnation thereof, but may also be a belief that one's genetics are descended from, for example, the Irish fae. The word Otherkin was coined to describe people who felt a connection to mythological humanoids such as elves and faeries, but has expanded in recent years to include dragons, gryphons/griffins and other supposedly mythical beasts as well as animals, angelic/demonic beings (angelkin/demonkin) and in some cases extraterrestrials.
adj. Of or relating to Otherkin.
See also therianthrope
1. Many Otherkin believe that they were something other than human in a past life.
2. The Otherkin gathering will be held next week.
n.(from Greek "ther", wild animal, and "anthropos", human) A person who feels a strong spiritual connection with a particular species of animal. Therianthropes may define the connection as totemic (having an animal spirit guide or guardian, or a religious connection to the archetypal spirit of that animal) or the result of reincarnation from an animal form into a human one. Therianthropy has existed for millenia in tribal cultures across the globe and also in popular religions such as Buddhism, but the word itself is a recent coinage.
The therianthrope had a spiritual connection to cougars.
n. A movement dedicated to spreading random acts of beauty, poetry, wonder, magic and thought-provocation. The concept was originated by the writer Hakim Bey and has appeared in movies such as the cult French film Amelie.
Poetic terrorism differs from the concept of "random acts of kindness" in that its acts are not always kind, but its ultimate goal is not malice, but broadening of the mind. Poetic terrorist acts may, of course, be kind - they may also be weird, funky, shocking, provocative, counter-cultural, anachronistic, subtle, subversive, mischievous, dark, creative and fey.
Examples of poetic terrorism would be:
* Decorating the walls of a public lavatory with Shakespearean sonnets in purple glittery marker pen
* Erecting a 50' inflatable sculpture in a public place, then removing it without trace once day is done
* Sprinkling flower petals from a window onto passers-by
* Frolicking in the park wearing an outlandish costume and jingling bells
* Whispering to random people that dragons exist, then continuing on your way
* Chalking countercultural slogans on sidewalks
* Taking bizarre and creative photos in photo booths, then leaving the photos for others to find
* Anything else you can think of!
If the world was filled with poetic terrorism instead of real terrorism, it would be a much better place.
n., v. a form of poetic terrorism
, glamourbombing involves acts of random beauty, magic or wonder whose purpose is to raise ambient levels of glamour in the area; glamour being the unique magic of the fae. A glamourbomb is any public act or work that aims to inspire genuine curiosity and childlike befuddlement, a change of thought process, belief in magic, belief in the fae, and/or a sense of wonder in the recipient. Glamourbombing can involve anything you like and doesn't need expensive materials - leaving decorated notes "from the fae" amongst supermarket items or between the pages of library books, hanging seven-pointed elven stars in local trees, dressing in wings and the most bizarre outfit you can conjure up, or simple the message "believe in faeries" can all be glamourbombs. In fact, any attempt to add magic, curiosity and wonder to a place is a glamourbomb...... a lot like this entry. :3
You have been Glamourbombed!
The wonderful delusion that everyone is out to make you happy. Cf. paranoia
Jenni's pronoia convinced her that small pixies were out to sprinkle her with fairy dust and feed her cookies.
n. pl. light of unknown origin radiating from the forms of female characters in shoujo manga
, so as to designate their inherent inner (and possibly outer) beauty. A relative of the Bishounen Tailwind phenomenon, in which pretty, androgynous
boys in anime are followed by a constant breeze that causes their hair and/or clothes to ripple at appropriate moments of drama.
Oscar de Jarjayes radiates shoujo sparkles.