October 24th, 2006

Let me say, right off the bat, that I don’t mean to be condescending or judgemental. But I just can’t stop gawking at this photo of furry convention goers in their fursuits. It’s not like I haven’t heard of fursuits before; it’s not like patient furs haven’t explained to me again and again that yes, they’re big and fuzzy, and yes, they do kind of look like mascot uniforms. But after a few months of (albeit, casual) furry sex research in Second Lifearticle due out with American Sexuality sometime soon!–after all that fur-filled eroticism, I guess I just imagined something… sexier. My favorite is the impatient, amorphous kitty.

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18 Responses to “Furs in the Flesh”

  1. BrainFromArous Says:

    Man… where are those suicide bombers when we need them?

  2. MD² Says:

    Wanting to make realities out of Mental projections is almost always sad.

    Except when it works.

  3. Adam Says:

    I wonder if there are any animals smart enough to realize what they were walking into, if one were to walk into this convention. Could you imagine walking into an alien spaceship and seeing a bunch of gigantic aliens in human suits?

  4. MD² Says:

    All right, please reasure me: was my post deleted for editorial reasons that should have been obvious to me had I had any sense, or is it yet another snafu ?

  5. Patrick Says:

    Ahh the furries… they made The Shining something more than just a horror film.

    Hey, when are you going to post on Bully’s gay content? You’re slacking Ruberg.

  6. Caliban Darklock Says:

    I once dated a young lady who wore such a suit on a children’s television show, and who had made certain modifications to the costume for… erm, recreational use. Not exactly my idea of fun, but she certainly seemed to enjoy it.

    The whole relationship was just weird, though, since she had apparently stopped maturing emotionally around the age of eight or nine. We went our separate ways after a couple months, and I’ve never been able to watch children’s television in quite the same way since.

    I mean, how many OTHER people on these shows are making extracurricular use of their costumes? I’m sure most of them are just people doing a job, but you know there’s a subculture there, it’s just not clear how big it is.

  7. Scott Jon Siegel Says:

    @ MD2: Your comment went into moderation because it contained more than one link (considered suspicious behavior by WordPress [because I told it so]). I went ahead and approved it for you. Your comments will go up quicker if you limit the number of links in ’em, but Bonnie gets e-mailed whenever a comment is in moderation, so she’ll get to them when she can. Sorry for the confusion, M(D*D). -sj

  8. Bonnie Says:

    Now let’s be friendly. This is a legitimate and prolific subculture, whether sexual or otherwise, even if it is a little alien to us. It’s just seeing furries in the flesh… I can’t quite put my finger on it. Something about the people beneath the suits, or lack thereof. Uncanny.

    Hey, when are you going to post on Bully's gay content?
    Patrick, Patrick, cool your homoerotic jets. Maybe it’ll be the subject of next week’s Joystiq column ;).

    P.S.  Sorry, MD^2!  Let it be noted that that “Bonnie gets an email” feature just got activitated as of, let’s see, five minutes ago.

  9. MD² Says:

    No reason for excuses, it’s just that the thing has been happening so often to me I sometimes fear I’m imagining posting things.

    Now let's be friendly. This is a legitimate and prolific subculture.

    Agreed. Can’t get rid of that inspired (non-condescending I feel/hope) sadness.

  10. MD² Says:

    Damn. There’s a “,though” missing after “sadness”.

  11. Cybersexy Says:

    I can appreciate how the furry thing could be interesting, or even erotic. But from that photo, I don’t get it. That looks about as sexy as an episode of “Teletubbies”. :P

  12. BrainFromArous Says:

    Friendly, schmiendly. Open season on Furries!

  13. Patrick Says:

    Alright, homoerotic jets are cooled. Hey, I may be producing a casual game with a little girl as the protagonist, its too early to say for sure, but its definetly a possiblity.

    As far as Bully goes, Jacko got crazy about the content of course, but whats interesting is that the game also offers females as the majority of its optional love interestes (for lack of a better word). The fact that you can choose to get gay is the issue, not that the game offers only homosexual characters to hook up with. I wish the folks badgering games about content would catch on to choice’s unique role in the medium – for instance the choice to download a mod that allows nude characters. Its completely changes the legal definition of what is official content.

  14. Craig Alexander Says:

    I haven’t heard much on furries, but they seem to be viewed similarly to trekkies. I’ve seen a documentary on those – people dressing up like Klingons and going down to McDonalds for a Big Mac.

    While I’ve never indulged in live action roleplay, I seem to have this conception that those who do are having more fun than the rest of us.

    When I play games, I sometimes roleplay. On World of Warcraft, in a PVP server (not strictly RP), I was quite a talkative traveller. I set up macros to greet fellow players as we passed each other on the roads between settlements. about 80% of the time I was ignored, 5% they’d say “hey” back, and 15% of the time, they would ask me what it was that I wanted of them. I assume the PVP server was full of so many min/maxers that the concept of talking to someone for the sake of being friendly was completely alien to them.

    In Arcanum, the first time I played, I was a goody two-shoes ladies man. I spent points in charisma and had a following which did the dirty work for me. The second time I played through, I played a gun-toting grenade-lobbing psychopath. Throughout each play-through, I didn’t step out of character, because I realised it would break me out of my role.

    As for interfaces, I know using a light gun or a steering wheel is much more fun than using a mouse or a keyboard. It seems the closer you get to replicating the experience, the more immersed you become.

    That said, I think LARP is pretty stupid. I don’t watch Star Trek, but I’m pretty sure Klingons have never landed on Earth and gone for a happy meal. When the lines between fantasy and reality have been blurred so much, the environment breaks the roleplay. It seems that these people want to be actors when they’re not. Kind of like how so many bloggers (I’m not saying everyone here) want to be journalists, but in fact it’s only a hobby to them, rather than a professional venture.

  15. Cybersexy Says:

    Craig,
    I disagree with you about LARP to an extent.

    I remember going to a convention and seeing a woman dressed in a sexy Klingon outfit. The only problem was she had NO BUSINESS WHATSOEVER dressing like that. (I’m sure you know what I mean)

    If you aren’t sexy in RL, there is no way for you to LARP sexy. Eyes don’t lie. ;)

    That said, there are some people who do LARP and pull it off, because they have the natural looks to fit the character they are doing, or they are doing a character which doesn’t require exceptional looks. If they enjoy it, then I say more power to them.

    I have tried it before, but I just don’t feel comfortable doing it. However, I fully enjoy online RP, probably because I have the wall of anonymity to hide behind. It is kind of like acting with nobody knowing it is you on stage.

  16. Craig Alexander Says:

    “If you aren't sexy in RL, there is no way for you to LARP sexy. Eyes don't lie. ;)”

    Well, that explains the fursuits then. I’d just rather have all or nothing, you know? Imagine playing a Star Trek game where you wander down the 21st century high street. It just wouldn’t make sense, would it? That’s why I don’t like LARP – it’s more often than not out-of-context.

  17. Bonnie Says:

    That said, I think LARP is pretty stupid.
    I have very mixed feelings about LARPing. In theory, it should work. In practice… I’ve known my fair share of LARPers, and I’ve got to say, they’re not always my favorite. Then again, they seem to statistically more interested in other types of role-playing, like BDSM, so I have to give them credit there.

  18. Cybersexy Says:

    Bonnie,
    Is BDSM technically “role-playing”?

    When I think of RP, I think of something closer to acting. In BDSM, you aren’t actually changing your identity (although you can, but that is an optional choice).

    Even though RP and BDSM can be practiced together, I would not view BDSM as a sub-category (or type) of RP.

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