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Ian Dunn
174687.  Tue May 15, 2007 2:32 pm Reply with quote

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Q: What sort of creature is Brian Griffin from Family Guy?
K: Dog, Griffin
A: Anthropomorphised dog


Brian Griffin from the animated series Family Guy is strictly an anthropomorphised dog.

There is an entire genre of anthropomorphic fiction and art, referred to as the "Furry genre". The term "Furry" is however generic. There are also "Scalies" which are anthropomorphic reptiles, and "Featheries" which are anthropomorphic birds.

Despite the fact there are lots of famous furry characters, from Peter Rabbit to Sonic the Hedgehog, hardly anyone is aware of the genre. It mainly grew over the internet. For example, a furry "webcomic" called T.H.E. Fox was first published on CompuServe in 1986, which predated the World Wide Web by several years. Other long-running furry works on the web include Kevin and Kell, The Surburban Jungle, Jack, Funny Farm, Ozy and Millie and Newshounds.

Since it grew on the web, many people, mainly in the USA have took the fandom seriously. The world's largest furry fandom convention, the Anthrocon in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh since 1997. Members of the furry fandom, known as "Furries" or "Furs" often embody themselves with a furry persona or "Fursona". For example, this is my fursona, called "The Chained Wolf".



Furries even have their own slang, called "Furspeech". For example, "Scritching" is the act of gently scratching someone's back, neck or between the ears as a sign of affection, and "To nuzzle" or "To snuzzle", where one fur rubs another fur's cheeks or muzzle with their nose.

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Q: If a furry told you that you were "Yiffy", how should you react?
K: Insulted
A: Pleased


The word, "Yiff" is the furry slang for "Sex", so in this context, a furry is saying you're sexy or attractive. However, in other contexts it is also used as the furry version of the f-word. It is also used as the term for furry pornography. The term is said to be onomatopoeic, coming from the noise made from a fox when mating.

Somewhat unfortunately, most media coverage given to the furry fandom focuses on the sexual aspect of it.

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Q: What sexuality are most furries?
K: Homosexual, Heterosexual
A: Bisexual


According to the latest survey, conducted by the University of California, Davis Department of Psychology in 2007, a survey of over 600 furries showed that 37.3% of the people who took part were bisexual. 32.7% were heterosexual and 25.5% were homosexual. However, most media coverage creates the assumption that most furries are gay.

The furry fandom, despite the fact it is not well known, is on the increase in Britain. A furry convention is to take place in Manchester between 20-23 June, 2008.

Wikipedia article
WikiFur - Furry version of Wikipedia.


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MinervaMoon
174689.  Tue May 15, 2007 2:38 pm Reply with quote

I only learned what a Furry was last week in London, when my friend told me that a person he knew online (whom we were meant to meet up with) often delighted in dressing up as an animal. He made me guess which, finally giving me the clue "Flower" -- a skunk! He was also astounded that I, with all my alleged net knowledge, had never heard the term before. Thanks for the further entlightenment.

 
mckeonj
174696.  Tue May 15, 2007 2:50 pm Reply with quote

So where does the Furry Dance of Heston fit in with all this?

 
grizzly
174698.  Tue May 15, 2007 2:52 pm Reply with quote

I first learnt of Furries through, of all things, CSI (may have been the Miami one) which did an episode based around a murder or a Furry.

 
Ian Dunn
174700.  Tue May 15, 2007 2:58 pm Reply with quote

grizzly wrote:
I first learnt of Furries through, of all things, CSI (may have been the Miami one) which did an episode based around a murder or a Furry.


Yes, there was mixed reactions to the show. Some people disliked it for misrepresenting furries, whereas other liked it as it introduced the furry fandom to more people.

WikiFur article on the episode


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King of Quok
174704.  Tue May 15, 2007 3:11 pm Reply with quote

If there are Scalies and Featheries, what would an anthropomorphic fish be?

 
Ian Dunn
174705.  Tue May 15, 2007 3:13 pm Reply with quote

King of Quok wrote:
If there are Scalies and Featheries, what would an anthropomorphic fish be?


I'm not sure. There are not many anthropomorphic fish in the fandom. I would guess they would be called Scalies as well.

 
mckeonj
174741.  Tue May 15, 2007 5:08 pm Reply with quote

chamyzoophile?

 
Norfolkian
174745.  Tue May 15, 2007 5:16 pm Reply with quote

MinervaMoon wrote:
I only learned what a Furry was last week in London, when my friend told me that a person he knew online (whom we were meant to meet up with) often delighted in dressing up as an animal. He made me guess which, finally giving me the clue "Flower" -- a skunk! He was also astounded that I, with all my alleged net knowledge, had never heard the term before. Thanks for the further entlightenment.


London was really an enlightening trip for you, wasn't it?

 
Sergei
174776.  Tue May 15, 2007 10:56 pm Reply with quote

*Wonders how many of those bisexuals are actually having sex with anybody*

 
Jenny
175060.  Wed May 16, 2007 11:46 am Reply with quote

Sergei wrote:
*Wonders how many of those bisexuals are actually having sex with anybody*


Reminds me of the story about Alan Bennet's answer to the question of whether he was straight or gay - 'If a man is dying of thirst you don't ask him whether he prefers Evian or Perrier.'

 
GreenReaper
178240.  Sun May 27, 2007 1:23 am Reply with quote

Well, what do you think the conventions are for? ;-)

And a fish would be a fishie, of course! *grin*

London has RBW to complement the previously-mentioned ConFuzzled to be held in Manchester. Worldwide, the list is getting quite extensive, and many of them go back for years.

 
Ian Dunn
184916.  Mon Jun 25, 2007 2:18 am Reply with quote

A British furry fanzine The Furtean Times has just published a poll of the top 50 furry characters created. Below is the top 10.


    1 - Sonic the Hedgehog
    2 - Fox McCloud (Star Fox)
    3 - Miles "Tails" Prower (Sonic the Hedgehog)
    4 - Krystal (Star Fox)
    5 - Robin Hood (Disney Film)
    6 - Minerva Mink (Animaniacs)
    7 - Millicent Mudd (Ozy and Millie)
    8 - Garfield
    9 - Zig Zag (Sabrina Online)
    10 - Brian Griffin (Family Guy)

 
Rudolph Hucker
184926.  Mon Jun 25, 2007 3:31 am Reply with quote

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

Another lot of inadequates making their inadequacy public.

 
dr.bob
186337.  Fri Jun 29, 2007 3:34 am Reply with quote

I see The Metro is upholding its principles of excellent journalism and utterly unbiased, non-judgemental reporting:

'Furring' is new sex craze for perverts

 

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