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8 questions about Furries that we're all too embarrassed to ask

Furries are a subculture of individuals who are united by a shared fascination of anthropomorphic animals, which have human characteristics.

So if you have ever been obsessed with Bugs Bunny or Patrick Star, you may be a furry yourself. There has been a lot of coverage of this community, recently the BBC and Channel 4 have broadcasted documentaries exploring this highly misunderstood world. Below are five questions you may have had about furries, but were understandably too afraid to ask.

Is it a sexual fetish?

No. There is a common misconception that all people in the furry community dress up as animals and then have sex. This may be true for some furries; however, a lot of furries just enjoy dressing up as animals, and there is no sexual element to it.

Are furries all about wearing animal costumes?

Media coverage perpetuates the belief that they all wear intricately detailed animal costumes, when in fact there are some furries out there who don't wear costumes at all.

Are furries attracted to animals?

This is a definite no. There is no promotion of sex with animals in this community.

Do they buy their costumes from special suppliers or costume shops?

Some furries commission specialists to make them for them. Other members unleash their inner creativity and save a few pounds by making their costumes by hand. There are blogs and communities online which exchange tips and techniques on costume making. Some members even hold workshops for those who'd rather have practical help in person. A costume typically costs between £1,000- £2,000 to buy or make.

What do furries do?

People in this sub-culture:

1. Make art

2. Write short fiction

3. Create elaborate costumes

4. Attend conventions and meet-ups with other likeminded furries

Do they all believe they are real animals?

The simple answer is no. Plus, most of them definitely don't go about their day-to-today lives dressed and acting as their fursonas. Some see it as a hobby, occasionally wearing their costumes at conventions etc. whereas others see it as an identity, for example, an artist who identifies as Boomer the Dog, made a petition to change her name was declined. You can find out more information about this here.

Has this community just started recently?

It is a common misconception that the furry community began in the 2010s, but it turns out 'during the 1980s, furry fans began to publish fanzines, developing a diverse social group that eventually began to schedule social gatherings. By 1989, there was sufficient interest to stage the first furry convention. It was called Conference O, and was held at the Holiday Inn Bristol Plaza in Costa Mesa, California.'

Here is some furry lingo that you may not have known
  1. 'Yiffy' means sexy
  2. 'Zoot' means fursuit
  3. 'Greymuzzle' is the term used for an older member of the community
  4. 'Milfurs' are furries who are current or past members of the military, according to CNN
Featured image: Randorn / Shutterstock.com