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No fursuits required

The latest fad in an alienated world: cuddle parties, which are exactly what they sound like. Get enough needy, desperate losers together in a room and everyone can expect to get some human contact (except possibly for the severely hygienically-challenged trolls, who, one would assume, would be over-represented in any self-selected group of people for whom the need to embrace strangers overrides the aversion to doing so); and the organisers pocket a decent fee. Which all sounds slightly less pathetic than a Furries' plushie-humping party. I think I'll stay at home with my Smiths records, thank you very much. (via MeFi)

There are 9 comments on "No fursuits required":

Posted by: Dan http:// Fri Jul 23 14:58:17 2004

Would you stop stabbing out at furries? You really -should- be smart enough to know that the acts of a small subset (i.e., the minority) are not indicative of a group at large. Really. You just come across as exasperatingly ignorant. Do you also get off on other stereotypes?

"All geeks are complete social naïfs, without any redeeming abilities whatsoever. They'll never be successful. And they're all really unnattractive, too."

Yeah. Right.

Posted by: acb Sat Jul 24 03:24:27 2004

Yes, only a tiny minority of furries are into kinky sex. Similarly, only a tiny minority of ravers take drugs.

For a tiny minority, they're awfully prominent and conspicuous.

Posted by: Ben-Gurion http:// Sat Jul 24 04:19:45 2004

It's the drag queen effect. While statistics tell us there are a lot of homosexuals out there, it's the ones who dress and act outrageously that people notice and remember. I'm sure there are many thousands of farm workers who have occasional sex with the animals, the plushys are a minority compared to them...

Posted by: mark Sun Jul 25 16:55:23 2004

It's easy to ridicule something you don't understand, Dan, and Andrew (and others, myself included) unfortunately fall for that temptation far too often.

I would like to apologise on behalf of all of us who don't distinguish between "gets off on pretending to be an animal, or some other furry thingamy" and "gets off on pretending to be an animal, or some other furry thingammy, and proceeding to have sex with other furries".

Posted by: dj Mon Jul 26 03:16:40 2004

Some of us pretend to be human beings.

Posted by: acb Mon Jul 26 08:52:22 2004

Mark: and then there's (c): "actually believes themself to be an animal (or hobbit or anime character or hybrid thereof) on a metaphysical/spiritual/deeper level".

And there's a big difference between laughing at an arguably ridiculous subculture and actually going out and bullying them (as, say, Something Awful advocate doing). IMHO, the former is acceptable (it'd be terribly humorless and politically correct not to), the latter is not. If one's going to go out wearing furry animal costumes/Star Trek costumes/whatever, one should expect that people will think they're a wee bit daft.

Posted by: linuxpenguinsuit http:// Mon Jul 26 10:31:43 2004

Posted by: Rachel Tue Jul 27 03:51:24 2004

I think I know a few people who are definately hobbits, although I would never be tactless enough to point it out.

Posted by: Dan http:// Tue Jul 27 13:23:07 2004

Mark: Apology accepted.

As I understand it there's the large majority of the furry-fandom who just thinks that animal-head people are *nifty*, and draw them, write about them, roleplay them, etc. (The equivalent of the people who watch Star Trek regularly, or have read the LotR series several times and play D&D)

Then there's the minority, who get on TV because they're more interesting, who dress up in costumes, or believe that they have animal souls. (Which really isn't so different than the beliefs of many Indigenous Americans, with totemic animals and suchlike, if one thinks about it)

Then there's the tiny minority who have sex in costume, or hump plushies... which is probably the same size as the people who dress up like Klingons or Hobbits to have sex and get married and such.

If it bleeds, it leads.

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