“No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch.” – Leo F. Buscaglia
Am I a furry? Nope. Will I ever be a furry? Nope. Have I ever been in a fursuit? Once, for Halloween. Regardless, the subculture of the furry is worth a quick examination. The popularity is there – about 3,400 furries attended the annual Anthrocon gathering in Pittsburgh this summer. Furries are often judged as sexual miscreants, but that turns out to be a false stereotype. WikiFur has the best explanation of the ‘furry’:
The word furry has several meanings, dependent on the context in which it is used. Predominantly, it means “consisting of or resembling fur”. It also pertains to an interest in anthropomorphic animals and/or mythological or imaginary creatures which possess human or superhuman capabilities.
Furries may be interested in cartoons and games, spirituality, art and creativity, fursuiting, sexuality, or a cominbation of the above. There are slews of furry groups on the Internet, and relatively few hater sites, one being godhatesfurries.com.
Personally, I support the lone, but well-placed fursuiter in public. Throngs of furries sort of frighten me. But I’m all about the random furry in costume who plays it cool and just tries to blend in with humans. The contrast is brilliant. A few recently music videos feature furries in various states of dress: