After explaining to yet another group of friends what Furry fandom is and isn't, I was motivated to write this comparison between furry fandom (which most people don't know about) and sci-fi fandom (which most people now do).
I think to explain furry fandom, you have to explain what inspires it. Science Fiction fandom springs from several wells: movies, TV, books, anime, comic books. Science Fiction fandom is fed by producers.
Furry Fandom seems only half-fed by producers. The other half seems to be fed by fan-created material.
Others may flame, but personally, /I/ think you did a very good and fair-minded job of it, Deuce. I just wish we could always find someone as calm as yourself to explain things about the fandom to the curious.
Agreed! I've always tried to draw parallels between furry and SF/Fantasy when explaining the fandom to others. And, at the very least, you've managed to touch upon possibly every aspect of both fandoms.
*heh* "...using phasers non-Starfleet-approved ways..." *chuckle*
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It's a growing WebZine focusing on Fandom(s) but I don't believe they've had anyone touch on Furry Fandom yet.
I am the editor of MarsDust. We would really LOVE to get your views on furry fandom. We would love to make furry fandom a regular part of our fandom reporting actually. If you want to help, please come to the site and check us out. You can email me personally at jason**at**marsdust**dot**com
I think that's a vey fair and reasonable comparison that most people will understand. :-) I still think though it slightly divides the fandom into two, yiffs and not yiffs. I know that's a more socially acceptable way of presenting it to people, but furs who like sexually charged media form an important part of the fandom not just a sideline. There'aren't just a 'few' of us. Our interest is as legitimate as a non sexual interest, and I feel that the true diversity of the fandom is being 'sugar coated'. Regardless of that, if I wanted to explain to scifi fan about furries I'd probably make use of what you've written.
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