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Okay, so I'm checking out meetup.com. There's all kinds of things, including one for LJers in the Seattle area. Surprisingly,looking down the list, I've seen a couple people who's journals I read. So, what the hell? Maybe I can even convince fenris10, or bearwitched to go one time :)

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onyxangel
Oct. 17th, 2002 12:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Heya!
So, just out of curiosity, what exactly is a furry? I've heard various explinations of this...and I'm just wondering if all them are true, and its all about context. No, I didn't realize that she was specifically a furry, but I like her. *grins and shrugs* She 'fits'.
furrymouse
Oct. 17th, 2002 05:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Heya!
"Furry" when used as a noun seems to refer to one of two things:

a) An animal-like character known as a "furry"
b) A person who is a "furry fan"

The latter is easy enough (knock on wood) to define: A person who particularly enjoys stories, pictures, dolls, video games or whatever
concerning "furry" creatures. Defining a "furry" creature is somewhat harder, though. There are several definitions depending upon which "camp" in furrydom, for lack of a better term, you might be in.

The basic definition for a "furry" is an anthropomorphized animal character. In other words, an animal character given human-like
attributes, such as sapience and often a humanoid form. The term "furry" is a misnomer, as a creature does not need to have fur to be "furry" in this sense. Other terms sometimes interchangeable with a "furry" in this sense are "zoomorph", "morph", "anthropomorph" or (debatably) "funny animal".

The core definition of a "furry" seems to include basically humanoid-formed creatures with animal faces, fur/scale/feathers/whatever, and often appropriate tails, wings, claws, etc., able to speak, and with a human-like personality, though quite often with "quirks" hinting at the real-life animal upon which the character is based.

A broader definition will sometimes include other odd creatures that simply have some sort of animal features in their makeup. Such would include mythical creatures such as centaurs, manticores, satyrs or harpies, all of which have human faces though more-or-less animal-like bodies. This broader definition might also include the human-like
furrymouse
Oct. 17th, 2002 05:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Heya!
A broader definition will sometimes include other odd creatures that simply have some sort of animal features in their makeup. Such would include mythical creatures such as centaurs, manticores, satyrs or harpies, all of which have human faces though more-or-less animal-like bodies. This broader definition might also include the human-like characters that appear in some Japanese animation that have an animal tail and ears, but otherwise look about as human as any other anime character.
One of the narrower definitions held by some is that in order for a character to be truly considered "furry", the character must exhibit
animal-like characteristics in behavior. Optionally, the fact that the character is an "animal" must be a major ingredient to the story. This is exhibited in a frequent criticism of "furry" stories by those who hold this view: Many stories, while featuring characters fitting the core definition of "furry" given earlier are criticized as being "humans in animal suits" if their behavior isn't distinctly animal-like in some way. Likewise, due to the fact that some adults choose to engage in drawing adult artwork or practice sex with concenting partners, the fans are seen as sexaholics. Also, since the fans tend to be open to any and all sexualities, the media will also try to portray that the fans are either perverts, sexual diviants, gay, or a combination of all three.
If you'd like a look at some of the artwork and the like, there is a free art exibit starting tomorrow basically exploiting 'the freakishness of furry fans'. If anything else, I reccomend checking out the exhibit so as to gain yor own opinion. Anyhow, I hopoe that answered your question, and I look forward to seeing you at the meetup!

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