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(Post-Gazette)   The only thing lamer than attending a furry convention is picketing a furry convention. In the rain   (post-gazette.com ) divider line
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2007-07-07 10:29:58 AM  
That picture says it all . . .
 
2007-07-07 10:45:27 AM  
While some media reports -- and an episode of "CSI" -- have characterized "furries" as devotees of kinky sex practices, furry fandom is actually a lot tamer than that,

So it's a lot of dry humping?
 
2007-07-07 10:59:50 AM  
headline says it all
 
2007-07-07 11:04:05 AM  
Hell hath no furry like a woman soaked.
 
2007-07-07 11:06:18 AM  
Now I can't get the smell of wet dog out of my mind.
 
2007-07-07 11:28:37 AM  
Seriously, can we just pump the air systems at these conventions with some nerve gas and do the world a favor.
 
2007-07-07 11:30:25 AM  
They are being picketed for what's basically a Star Trek convention? That's way cooler than Star Trek. I might consider going there next year.
 
2007-07-07 11:36:55 AM  
"a lot tamer"?

Tell that to the guy in the wolf suit.
 
2007-07-07 11:37:54 AM  
I don't normally advocate genocide, but in the case of "furries" I'm willing to make an exception.
 
2007-07-07 11:40:46 AM  
Actually, wrong, nothing is lamer than a furry convenction
 
2007-07-07 11:47:29 AM  
I've played in LARPS, so I know what its like to go in costume. But you are saying that if I put on wolf ears instead of a dwarf beard, you'd want to kill me? That's freakken awesome! That's a geek convention I think I can make, next year.
 
2007-07-07 12:04:10 PM  
Sammy Jenkins: Actually, wrong, nothing is lamer than a furry convenction

I can't imagine the appeal. My impression is that, if I went, this is what the conversation would be like:

Guy in fox costume: "Hey, my name's Kitsunobi"
Me: "Uh, er, hi. Nice getup"
Kitsunobi: "You like it? I did it by getting latex foam rubber - but not the kind from the East Coast it has the wrong consistency, you need to get the kind from Venezuela that *blah blah blah*"
Me (eyes glazing over): "Uh huh"
Kitsunobi: "... cross-stitched the tail, which let me tell you was a complete hoot but not as bad as the face on this costume, but I was inspired by --"
Me: "Uh, yeah. Hey listen, can you point me real quick to the direction of the open bar?"
Kitsunobi: "No, silly human. Only the foolish pinkskins drink the fire water."
Me: "This is f*(#&$ng ridiculous, I'm leaving."
 
2007-07-07 12:06:14 PM  
On the other hand, I could be wrong. It could be a fascinating anthropological study. A strange but entertaining cross section of a semi-hidden American subculture.

Like those Crossword puzzle freaks, those guys are actually a lot of fun.
 
2007-07-07 12:21:23 PM  
According to the websites, virtually all of the furry conventions happen in hotels and hotels at airports. They have bars, good ones, cheap ones? Meh. I guess your best bet are the airport ones. I doubt they have prune juice though.
 
2007-07-07 12:28:16 PM  
A guy I know went to a furry convention (not the one in the article) with some other people for kicks. They could only last an hour before they fled the premises after seeing a 300 lb woman in a horse costume with a "sex hole" cut in the back that was encrusted with a number of oddly colored stains.

That story always rears its ugly head in my mind when I read one of these stupid "furry conventions aren't as weird as you think" pieces.
 
2007-07-07 12:40:22 PM  
Makh: According to the websites, virtually all of the furry conventions happen in hotels and hotels at airports. They have bars, good ones, cheap ones?

Hotel bars and airport bars are rarely good or cheap. They know you're desperate for booze and the bartender knows s/he'll likely never see you again anyway.

Though you can get a really nice local brew bottled lager in Charleston for only $3.50

This is neither here nor there though.

Valacirca: They could only last an hour before they fled the premises after seeing a 300 lb woman in a horse costume with a "sex hole" cut in the back that was encrusted with a number of oddly colored stains.

It's stories like that that prevent me from indulging on my curiosity, heh.
 
2007-07-07 12:40:46 PM  
Makh: I've played in LARPS, so I know what its like to go in costume. But you are saying that if I put on wolf ears instead of a dwarf beard, you'd want to kill me? That's freakken awesome! That's a geek convention I think I can make, next year.

well, see, the difference i think, is that you dont believe you're a dwarf. you dont think that deep inside you're 'really' a dwarf in a spiritual sense, and i doubt that putting on a beard is a form of erotic stimulation for you. You also dont think that dressing like a dwarf is an "alternate lifestyle" much like being homosexual, and that some day the world will respect your dwarvish wishes and allow you to tunnel into mountainsides and carry a pickaxe to the office.

I dont think you can really compare LARP and Furry behaviour when you really get down to it. I know that the two do occasionally cross paths, and all, but when speaking for the majority they are different 'beasts'.

My personal opinion is that i dont give a fark what any consenting adult does with thier free time, as long as it doesn't affect me. However, i do reserve the right to think you're a screaming weirdo if you tell me that you like to poke your wang in a teddy bear or try to convince me that you're a 'spiritual wombat'.
 
2007-07-07 12:50:17 PM  
For people who say that dressing up as a dwarf or other fantasy character is the same. The difference is that furries believe that they are a part of the animal spirit if you will. I go on a forum that has a lot of furries (unfortunately:-( ) and they are nice but some treat animals like gods or deities, it's very unnerving.

of course, personally, after hearing about the two guys who gang raped a mother and then forced the son to do the same, my faith in humanity is pretty low...
 
2007-07-07 12:51:52 PM  
What a disaster.
 
2007-07-07 12:58:19 PM  
I am so disappointed in my hometown right now.
 
2007-07-07 12:58:43 PM  
I don't care what this article says to try and make it palatable; I've only known one guy who identified himself as a furry, and it most certainly was for sexual reasons.

In the nerd hierarchy, furries are the lowest of the low. Even otaku make fun of furries, and furries get 90% of their inspiration from anime.
 
2007-07-07 12:59:12 PM  
www.post-gazette.com
 
2007-07-07 01:01:36 PM  
www.brunching.com
 
2007-07-07 01:08:24 PM  
Oh No Melon:
well, see, the difference i think, is that you dont believe you're a dwarf. you dont think that deep inside you're 'really' a dwarf in a spiritual sense...

This is true, I don't actually believe that I am a dwarf. But I dont think I could convince many people of that due to my rock collection.
 
2007-07-07 01:11:41 PM  
Note that not all furries are doing it for sexual reasons.

Out of the five people I know who consider themselves furry, only one is actually into the animal-sex thing.

It's not as if they wear fur suits around every day. You wouldn't be able to tell without talking to them for awhile.

/not furry myself
//I do find it sort of weird
///but I accept it, unlike many of the assholes on fark
 
2007-07-07 01:16:14 PM  
chris20202

That pic is just begging to be edited with a cat-speak caption.
 
2007-07-07 01:21:07 PM  
I wish I was there....
 
2007-07-07 01:41:27 PM  
Oh No Melon:

Uh, I'm pretty sure not all furries think that they're actually animals, either. In fact, I don't think that even a majority of them are "Otherkin" (which is, I think, what you're referring to).

That's like saying all people who dress up as anime characters and go to anime conventions actually, truly think they are, spiritually, the anime characters. And this is, in fact, a valid comparison. Because there are people that have been labeled as "Otakukin". They belive they are the spiritual reincarnation of ANIME CHARACTERS .

I am dead serious.

So, obviously, everyone who's in to anime is a psycho freak who tihnks they're the reincarnation of a guy whos power is making his hair stand up and turn yellow by screaming really loudly.
 
2007-07-07 01:46:28 PM  
Ballbat.....check
Furry convention.......check
All is needed is Emo dorks and beatings can ensue
 
2007-07-07 01:46:43 PM  
Im not all about the furry thing, but if it means there's a convention out there with a resonably large number of attractive, and some what kinky women, in cant be all bad.
 
2007-07-07 01:48:03 PM  
Makh

Most furries don't do the hotel bar thing. Usually, people will make a bevmo/other supermarket run before, and load up on cheap booze to pour drinks. There's a good number of furs that really know how to drink, and you can usually find that the alcohol flows like water in any decent room/room party.
 
2007-07-07 01:54:51 PM  
Um did you see the pic? Um did you see the picYOU UM DID SEE THE PIC?
 
2007-07-07 02:04:59 PM  
Purge the unclean.
 
2007-07-07 02:11:45 PM  
What I really hate about furries is the tendency for them to constantly bring up the fact that they're furries for no reason (over the internet anyway). This is usually fairly bad on some forums with image avatar/sigs, in which a lot of furries will have horrifically drawn self-representations of their "fursona" or whatever the fark.

I mean, is there any other fetish community out there that tries so god damn hard to let people know about their fetish? Imagine if this happened with S&M people or guys with diaper fetishes or something. Then imagine these groups getting up in arms when people poke fun at them.

When they equate people ridiculing their fetish for erotic anthropomorphic animals (something which does not exist in any shape or form in reality) with the way homosexuals are treated is what really puts me over the edge though. They even came up with their own idiotic term for it, "fursecution". Having a hilarious fetish is one thing, but acting like you're a discriminated-against underclass because people make fun of you for jerking off to Chip & Dale Rescue Rangers makes you a colossal douchebag.
 
2007-07-07 02:14:19 PM  
Sammy Jenkins: That pic is just begging to be edited with a cat-speak caption.

i has fursona
 
2007-07-07 02:15:06 PM  
From Chakat's profile: I'm a hermaphroditic feline centauroid who enjoys long walks on the beach, candlelit dinners, and wild kinky sex.

LOL

/fursecution!
 
2007-07-07 02:31:34 PM  
I can put aside my disdain for bat-shiat hilarious fetishes for this:

1 (probably NSFW pops)

2 (probably NSFW pops)
 
2007-07-07 02:48:19 PM  
Pool's Closed.
 
2007-07-07 02:53:03 PM  
I must admit, /b/-tard hits spilling over into real life = massive lulz.
 
2007-07-07 02:59:06 PM  
The only "furry" type thing I liked was "Kaze: Ghost Warrior"
Simply because it was a technical wonder to gaze at.
 
2007-07-07 02:59:32 PM  
Valacirca: I mean, is there any other fetish community out there that tries so god damn hard to let people know about their fetish? Imagine if this happened with S&M people or guys with diaper fetishes or something.

I don't know. Girls who are into S&M always seem to mention it to you whether or not you ask, especially the roper types. Plus there is the (now passe) fashion of wearing the cuffs to bars.

Being able to beat the holy hell out of you should be a pleasant surpise, not something known upfront. I guess I'm a traditionalist like that.


/Well, I met a girl at the Rainbow bar
She asked me if I'd beat her
She took me back to the Hyatt House.....
I don't want to talk about it
-zevon
 
2007-07-07 03:00:41 PM  
img.photobucket.com
 
2007-07-07 03:28:36 PM  
farm2.static.flickr.com
 
2007-07-07 03:29:45 PM  
Like any subculture there are the people who are in it for sick reasons just like there are folks on the opposite side who think it's great fun to put on kitty ears and a tail for a weekend and get shiatfaced. I have no problems with either of the extremes or anyone in between. What i do have a problem with is *anyone* who has a persecution complex. That goes everyone else, as well as furries.

I dont care what anyone does on thier free time, no matter how sick it is, as long as it occurs between consenting adult humans, or even objects. I dont scream and yell if i see a furry. I just really dont care to have someone elses hobby shoved in my face. You dont see guys who enjoy building model trains in thier basement demanding to wear thier engineers hat to work at gamestop, but you do see EmoFurryChick_01 wanting to wear her raccoon tail pinned to the ass of her jeans... yes true story.

My point is, do whatever you want, but dont be an asshole about it.
 
2007-07-07 03:30:28 PM  
I have but one word for you to search;

Yiffing

/*shudder*
 
2007-07-07 03:30:40 PM  
farm2.static.flickr.com
 
2007-07-07 03:40:44 PM  
I know that raccoon! HI DEX!
 
2007-07-07 03:48:08 PM  
www.wikichan.org
 
2007-07-07 03:49:28 PM  
Valacirca

Your complaint doesn't make sense. Largely because... how do you know that all furries constantly talk about their fetish? You only hear/know about the ones that *do*. But if, hypothetically, there *were* furries who didn't constantly mention that they were a furry...

You wouldn't know they were a furry , would you? Since they wouldn't *tell* you.

Thus, I imagine there are, in fact, ones that don't talk about how they're a furry all the time. Just like there are Christians that don't walk around shouting out about how they're Chrsitians and holier than thou, and such, and, as a result, you don't actually know that they're a christian.. they're just someone walking past you on the street.
 
2007-07-07 04:02:38 PM  
chris20202

I love that flow chart, but it needs to be updated with a top-level set of "Science Fiction Authors With PH D's in Physics", or maybe "Science Fiction Authors Invited to Save World By Pentagon/NASA".
 
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