I don’t consider myself a furry, I prefer fur or anthropomorphic. Furries, to me, seem to be on a totally differen spectrum than I am when it comes to being Anthro.
Lets start with a little bit from Wikipedia
Anthropomorphism – Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthropomorphism
Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human traits, emotions, and intentions to non-human entities and is considered to be an innate tendency of human psychology.
Personification is the related attribution of human form and characteristics to abstract concepts such as nations, emotions and natural forces like seasons and the weather.
Both have ancient roots as storytelling and artistic devices, and most cultures have traditional fables with anthropomorphized animals as characters. People have also routinely attributed human emotions and behavioural traits to wild as well as domestic animals.
Ancient mythologies frequently represented the divine as deities with human forms and qualities. They resemble human beings not only in appearance and personality; they exhibited many human behaviors that were used to explain natural phenomena, creation, and historical events. The deities fell in love, married, had children, fought battles, wielded weapons, and rode horses and chariots. They feasted on special foods, and sometimes required sacrifices of food, beverage, and sacred objects to be made by human beings.Some anthropomorphic deities represented specific human concepts, such as love, war, fertility, beauty, or the seasons. Anthropomorphic deities exhibited human qualities such as beauty, wisdom, and power, and sometimes human weaknesses such as greed, hatred, jealousy, and uncontrollable anger.
My thoughts on not being a furry, somewhat upsets other furries who believe and tell me I should think a particular way but not my own. I think you should think how you feel and you should be allowed to what you think, I don’t like being controlled by a group that doesn’t want others to control them. That’s my 2 cents.
Here is what I think with a little history…
I use a wolf avatar, it’s what is called a “fursona”. This is what I relate most to, though sometimes I have a slight cat-like side (and I can purr nicely). When I was very young, I saw wolves in a location my aunt and uncle were living, in the wood of Oregon. I have always been fascinated by them, but seeing one in person was wonderful. Being 5, I didn’t exactly go up and play with it (was tempted and I remember this oddly). My avatar is based on my “spirit guide”. Must as many native cultures have had, animal like deities.
I didn’t know about furries until I joined Second Life and several months in as I hung out in one club ALL the time. I never really thought many of the furry avatars fit how I felt, but started with a fox avatar due to a now former friend in 2009. It was hooked at the time, but really wanted something more wolf like. In late 2010, I settled into a Kinzart brown wolf and in 2012 a Kinzart black wolf.
I find the difference to be this though. Most furries are constantly changing avatars from one species to another, many non-natural colors (such as pink, blue, purple). They have a need to be naked, like natural animals in the wild and are into massive snuggling they call “furpile”. Some have a slight, goofy behavior in how they interact and speak. I don’t attend furry conventions in the real world, though I did attend once to see a friend. It really wasn’t my thing, I am not into the mascot looking suits for the most part.
There are also many “cutesy” animal avatars out there too. Many things, I am honestly not into, especially the snuggling and certainly not running around naked ALL THE TIME.
I prefer my natural colors, my not super cute look and not acting like a totally silly goof. It’s alright if others do, just isn’t who I am. There are many things that I don’t know I could explain well that sets me apart from this community, though I find a few that aren’t cutesy, pink, overly fluffy, naked and giggly that I get along with much better. Not saying it’s all bad, just can’t handle all that “cute” at once. I just don’t have the same thoughts and wants as a stereotypical furry. I also am not a fan of digi legs (animal shaped hindlegs). They seem to limit a lot, though once I was very much into my paws. I have a love of boots, so, cannot have digi legs. It’s fine though, I like the straight leg look.
Furries also, are just another type of cosplay. Fursuits in the real world, come in various types and seem to be a great way to make money as they are created to fit your measurements. Many people you wouldn’t think were furries come from important business locations. FurCons are just another event to go to and just hang out and be goofy. Just, not for me.
I plan on speaking up more about furries and the misconceptions that people have about them and sexuality, animals and thoughts on people. My hope is to help clear up that and bring both communities of humans and furries a bit more together and less hate of each other on Second Life. You can also be like me, not be a furry, be around in the furry community and the human communities at the same time. You don’t even have to think of yourself AS a furry in any way, to own a furry avatar.
- Top: “Babe” by Blueberry, New In-Store Release, May 2017
- Shorts: “Babe” by Blueberry, New In-Store Release, May 2017
- Boots: “Cellia” by Blueberry, Shoetopia 2017
Photo of and taken by RavenSkye Waverider of Silver Moon Photography