Quote from PortadiamAs I said on a Reddit comment there: "The only place where I've ever seen furry hate is in anecdotes at places like this.". I personally have never 'come out' as being a furry because I was never hiding it in the first place. I've never told anyone that I'm furry but they've all see my desktop and phone wallpapers and the art I've browsed. I'm not sure if it is a result of me not making a big deal about being furry or not but I've never received any kind of hate about it. I've been bullied many times but being a furry has never been one of the reasons. I can see how some people can be rejected for being a furry but that would probably hardly ever happen so I don't quite see what all the 'no one must ever know' fuss is all about.
This sounds a lot like me. I don't really indentify as a furry but hey, that's mostly the sort of stuff I like to draw and spend a decent amount of time browsing art of. I just really like anthro characters, I have a bit of trouble interacting with people but I do pretty well with animals, so animal people, why not?
As for bullies, if they want to bully you, they will find a reason. Too fat, too thin, too tall or short, ginger, furry, brony, nerd, whatever.
Quote from Genclone1The only people I've met that actually know what a furry is ARE Furries and when I explain what a furry is to other people they really don't care that much. While I admit I've never gone to a public place wearing a furry t-shirt or partial fursuit I can't imagine any one taking offense to it if I did. I once wore a patriots shirt to a school completely for the broncos and not one person said a thing. I feel people are more tolerant and understanding these days and anyone else is really just ignorant or mis-informed.
I'm not sure if it's tolerance or that they just don't care all that much. It might be one and the same at this point. I went to high school with a few people that would wear tails and ears and they never got much trouble for it (aside from teachers who were uppity about dress code stuff in general). I can see it being a problem if you're running around making animal noises and your shirt has suggestive furry artwork on it or something, but I have only seen people do that a handful of times in my entire life, and I think in a couple cases it was being done in an ironic or satirical fashion.
Quote from AfrodensOnly if you take it to a weird level or are demanding attention as a furry is when you might get some negative reactions, but that's normal. People that take things to a weird level are generally shunned and same with the ones that demand attention.
I find those sort of people to be unbearable myself. You want a medal for being a furry? Where's my medal for being a cartoon artist?
That might just be Special Snowflake Syndrome in general, though, I find those sort of people also tend to be very stubborn and opinionated on other subjects as well.
Quote from funky3000Heh, been a while since I last came here. I'm noticing a trend. Before I "officially" became a furry by joining FA, I made like 1 or 2 furry pieces a month if that. Now it's basically only furries that I draw, maybe a spaceship or gun here and there, my stack is piling nicely. I've been hanging around the FA forums for a solid couple months and I can say I really like the community.
I remember a long time ago someone on another forum said I wasn't a furry because I only drew art, and didn't have a fursuit. I could easily deny that now, because most furries do not have a suit in the sense that either they don't want one, are too expensive, or maybe are against it. Heh, I'd love to come back in his face now and tell him I'm a furry, and see if he still denies it. Then I'll break it to him: for me, a suit has become a serious consideration, to the point where when I'm living on my own I set a little money aside specifically towards a suit.
I've been without a computer for some time because I'm grounded, but I know one of the first things I'm gonna do is jump onto Paint.NET and start turning my stack of sketches into digital pieces. I not only have pictures, but also some writing! I've been writing stories since I was a kid, silly at first but now are becoming more serious. In fact I'd almost consider my latest story, The Legend of Maggi, to be a novel out of my bunch, with many chapters and a few parts. I'd go as far as calling it my magnum opus. Just came to spout off furry stuff. I love what it is and I love what it has. I love it's many communities and personalities. I truly believe that the furry fandom is the best thing that happened to my personal life.
Funny "you aren't a real furry" experiences I've had: I've been told I can't be a furry because I don't like the NSFW stuff. Just doesn't interest me. I don't show massive amounts of pride in having a fetish, either. The funniest one was someone telling me I can't be a furry because I DO draw, and I don't commission popular artists and repost the work to my gallery. What?
Oh, and the whole "you don't go to cons" and "you don't fursuit" ones come up too. I think those are honestly really funny.
Also, sketch-artists-that-do-digital-versions-with-PDN, REPRESENT!
Quote from AfrodensWell, glad to hear it! I will be looking forward to what you may put out. I, myself, am thinking about joining FA, but I'm not so sure about it. I don't exactly consider myself a furry... I don't know... it feels more complicated for me . Also, did everyone just go in lurk mode there? I know I did. It was kinda sad to see the thread on the second page in my content. In other news... More player models updated to 1.7 ...It doesn't work too well with my new skin...
I'd rather not start a flamewar, but hey, it's something that we might be able to discuss. When I was looking for alternatives to DeviantArt because I wanted to spread out a bit (DA is sorta like Youtube, it's not perfect but it's the biggest site and the one everyone knows when it comes to art) I seriously considered FA. Many of my friends recommended it. But after looking into it, how outdated it is and how poorly it's run and how there's always some sort of drama going, I realized there's no way I could make myself start an account there. Probably a good decision, things went insane over there recently I hear because of some staffing decisions and stuff. Meh. If it works for you, more power to ya.
You might also want to check out Weasyl. It's still in beta, still doesn't have too many active users, but it's really picking up and I really like it so far.
Of course, if you aren't on DA yet, that's a good place to have an account. It has a bad rap at times but that's really only if you get involved with drama and fanart and massive circlejerks. It's also got a far better variety of things to look at since it's for all sorts of art. I love looking at photography, especially landscapes, trees, mushrooms, aquatic life and cityscapes.
And, before I forget, tree #2 looks the best to me as well.
Quote from Genclone1It was strange we had our most active day in a long time but then no one posted anything, I didn't want to double post so I couldn't really say anything. Not that I have much to contribute to the conversation though...
Lurk mode, more like "I fell out of the check MCF frequently" habit a while back. Sorry about that. Between real-life stuff, making art and browsing art, kinda been neglecting many of the sites I used to check.
I should check more often so I don't go all textwall on everyone once a week...