Updated Feb 2018
- Did you hear about President Obama’s meeting with furries?
- Read interviews with movie directors from Pixar as well as the most devoted fans.
- See how fursuits sell for $25,000 and the biggest furry convention draws $7 million in spending.
- Furries in movies, on the front pages, at Burning Man, trending on Twitter, and more.
Dogpatch Press publishes every week day with over 800 articles so far. These got high traffic, dug deep to uncover a story, or they’re just personal favorites.
INTERVIEWS FOR FANS AND FURRIES:
Makers and Doers make a subculture thrive. Whether they build it or feed it with stuff we like, they have valuable stories to tell.
FRED PATTEN PRESENTS:
Check his latest posts. Fred is our star guest poster, with a long resume as fandom historian and reviewer.
FURSUITING, THE MOST FURRY ACTIVITY.
It’s the the most original fandom creation, with it’s own coined name. Nobody does it like furries, and nothing else represents us so directly as “ambassadors”. Fursuiting is a booming cottage industry and makers are raising the craft until they’re envied by commercial mascot designers. Only 20% own this costly wearable art with scene-stealing glamor, but a picture is worth a thousand words. It’s hard to deny their huggable appeal (representing the touch-based name of this subculture!)
FURRY DANCE PARTIES – IT’S A MOVEMENT:
Since around 2010, furry dance parties are getting established as urban night life. They build on the growth of cons, but take their own direction in partnership with established venues. Howl Toronto says – Con dances happen once a year, and “that’s just not enough to fill the need!”
THE “FURRY ECONOMY”:
Furry creators are working fan-to-fan with self-sufficiency that even supports full time careers. Cons are expanding at a healthy rate. Furaffinity is an independent project acquired by a venture-capital funded company. It’s rising beyond a full-fledged subculture to possible commercialization. How will it develop?
“PALEO FURRIES” – ANTHROPOMORPHISM IN HISTORY:
Fandom has hidden connections to a rich history of art and performance. A “museum of furry” could exhibit work that look like it’s from a parallel universe. Writer Phil Geusz calls it Paleo Furries. A “Panto-animals and Paleofurs” con panel could uncover hidden depth for what we love.
A THRIVING SUBCULTURE – PAST AND FUTURE.
There’s furry houses with multi-generations of fans. There’s a fur con somewhere in the world every weekend of the year. Here’s roots and coming opportunities for things that could be.
BAD MEDIA, GOOD MEDIA.
Media exploitation makes sensitivity about being in the spotlight, but it’s a chicken-or-egg relationship. Rising recognition and appreciation brings power to negotiate and be better represented.
THE FURRY ART WORLD
It’s one of the most creative fandoms because all the content is self-generated. Sometimes it gets recognition in galleries and more.
THE FURRY MOVIE SCENE.
Film and video can be more challenging than other media where furries thrive. Other subcultures have developed enough to support independent film making. There have been a few attempts at furry features and some outside ones that come close. There are many fursuiting shorts (especially music videos) and animation student work. The holy grail might be a furry-made animated feature.
“CELEBRIFURRIES” AND STREET CRED:
Furries have more influence than they even realize. Advertisers covet the street cred of subcultures. Disney winked at us with Zootopia. Are there mainstream celebrities who are secret furries? How do other subcultures overlap?
ANTHROPOMORPHIC POLITICS OF THE WORLD.
Like Democrat donkeys, Republican elephants, or “Animal Farm” the political allegory by George Orwell.
- A deep dive into the Altfurry mission to “redpill” fandom with hate
- Why furries should care about politics in 2018 – guest post by WhiteClaw.
- Furry Raiders attack a nonfurry business, get chased off with a positive solution for hate.
- What I learned from lurking the Furry Raiders chat – guest post by Aristide
- How low can they go? Altfurry is grooming kids to retaliate against critics.
- “We Want Politics Out of Furry Fandom” is a political statement, and here’s a good response.
- Hate Addiction and What Furries Can Do About It – guest post by Tempo.
- Here’s the Altfurry blocklist – a powerful tool to reduce hate spam.
- Charlottesville marcher Andrew Dodson linked to furry fandom and neo-nazi organizing.
- Furries resist hate, Altfurry Discord logs go public, Casey Hoerth removed by employers.
- Altfurry supports neo-nazi violence, with member Nathan Gate on camera in Charlottesville.
- How furry fandom is rejecting neo-nazis, “Altfurs” and Furry Raiders who target kids for hate.
- The Confederate fursuit incident shows how you can’t be a troll and a victim at the same time.
- The truth about the myth that “Deo Killed RMFC” – guest post by Harper.
- Culturally F’d Addresses RMFC, “Nazifurs” and the BIG Problems Behind It All
- The end of Rocky Mountain Fur Con didn’t cure the problem that caused it.
- Sorin, Chair of Rocky Mountain Fur Con, discusses demise of the con.
- A false rumor about RMFC is repeating history from the Burned Furs.
- Rocky Mountain Fur Con backs neo-nazis, sex offender to intimidate critic for reporting threat.
- 2 Uncool – a furry celebrity’s disgrace is a test of fandom tolerance.
CHARITY AND SUPPORT.
LIMITS AND LIBERTIES.
Acceptance is a big feature of furry subculture. It draws interests together, but nothing represents every member, because membership is self-defined. Some interests get conservative disapproval. It makes tension between freedom and collective interest. It can involve prejudices, laws, or times for a social group to stand up for itself.
WHEN FURRY MEETS FURRY – “THE TOPIC THEY LOVE TO HATE”.
It’s not an urban legend – some furries get wild. But sex isn’t a definer. It can be a family friendly hobby too. Media hypes sex, but romantic themes are part of being human, and furries are just regular people with extra rich imaginations. Being unusually open and expressive is required for an interest spectrum beyond the default. It can cause controversy. It also makes first-time visitors call them the most friendly people you could ever party with. This blog is anti-prude and not shy about sex-positivity.
Sometimes it’s fun to mix satire and comedy with news. Keep Furry Weird.
WHAT’S WRONG WITH FANDOM?
Furries have been punching-bags with sensational media exploiting them as freaks. It can come from bias to only look for the worst in people. It can show stigma, shaming, scapegoating, or a streak of homophobia. But negativity doesn’t build anything, and that’s why it’s losing power with time. If you hear of “inherent” problems, look at the positive, expressive nature of the group.
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT:
Any community has crime, so it naturally happens with furries sometimes. Most everything they do is harmless and positive, but rare problems can get sensationalized and it needs caution about bias.
SPECIAL GUEST POSTS BY PUP MATTHIAS:
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THE REGULAR NEWSDUMP (phased out):
See the “Newsdump” tag. These digest posts had curated links and “list worthy” small stories from around the web and the border between subculture and mainstream. They gave a look at the state of the community over time.