The Furries Among Us

There's more to it than just furry suits!

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Illustrations by Stephanie “Tabbiewolf” Krus.
Illustrations by Stephanie “Tabbiewolf” Krus.
A drawing of Bob Armstrong's character, "Chiaroscuro".
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A drawing of Bob Armstrong's character, "Chiaroscuro".
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A drawing of Bob Armstrong's character, "Chiaroscuro".
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A drawing of Bob Armstrong's character, "Chiaroscuro".
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A drawing of Bob Armstrong's character, "Chiaroscuro".
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A drawing of Bob Armstrong's character, "Chiaroscuro".
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Dr. Leslie Lothstein.
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Stephanie “Tabbiewolf” Krus.
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Bob “Chiaroscurio” Armstrong.
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Chion the Wolf & Colin the Otter!
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The Furries Among Us

Like just about anything else one delves into, the subculture known as furries is more nuanced, more varied and less sensational than mass media depictions of them.

Furries are people who really like anthropomorphic depictions of animals. Sometimes they like them so much that they buy or make their own elaborate costumes, but others are quite content with online role playing or attending conventions. They like movies like Puss in Boots and Kung Fu Panda.

With the suit thing, they're pretty easy to send up in comedies like The Drew Carey Show or 30 Rock.  And the fact that a fairly high percentage of them report some linkage of this hobby to their sexual identity makes them easy targets for shows like ER and CSI.

Most recently, in Connecticut, two libraries have struggled over the question about whether to have a policy banning furries in costume. Hear about all of this and more on today's show.

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"Like just about anything

"Like just about anything else one delves into, the subculture known as furries is more nuanced, more varied and less sensational than mass media depictions of them."

This is really all we've ever wanted to hear <3

Never met them, but I am one.

Sadly, I've never had the opportunity to meet any fellow furries, even when they held a FurFright Convention in the Holiday in of my own town.I just could not get up the $50 I needed in time. But anyway, I'm glad that the discussion was civil, polite, and everything was considered. This show made me happy.

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Glad to hear a balanced discussion on this subject. I first met the furries after my daughter came home bearing photos of the costume parade at FurFright and persuaded myself and her father to go to the next convention. We (2 senior citizens) enjoyed ourselves thoroughly and were totally impressed with an exceptionally polite and welcoming group of young people. We made friends and have welcomed them in our home many times since then.

I'm glad to see where not always represented in a bad light

It's nice to hear of some coverage of the fandom in a positive light. I'm glad that you actually got some first hand accounts from actual furs. There's no truth like a truth from the real source. It was a pleasure to hear some positive and truthfully interested questions about the fandom and the people in it.