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'Done Differently' series to lead with Canberra fursuit-builder

Edited as of Thu 11 Feb 2021 - 06:59
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Furries are the topic of the first episode of 7NEWS' LIFE: Done Differently, premièring Thursday February 11 on their Spotlight YouTube channel. "Furries Uncovered" involves a visit to Creative Beasts owner Leonardo Balfour, also known as purple-tufted demon Kyah, shown below helping host Ciaran Lyons navigate the streets of Canberra while trying out fursuiting for himself.

A furry is a person who is a fan of animal characters with human characteristics. But it’s a lot more than that. Ciaran meets Leo, who is an out and proud Furry, and is willing to share the truth about the ‘fandom’, as furries call it. Is it just about art and costumes, or is there a more adult side to a life in fur? Ciaran will find out first-hand as he spends the day as a furry in Australia’s capital city.


The 13 minute episode was posted Thursday at 12:30pm AEDT (Wed 8:30pm USA ET). Other scheduled episodes visit a pair of suburban Sydney swingers, a Satanist and corporate accountant, a Buddhist monk, and transgender homeless person Eden.

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As an Australian friend noted, at least it's not too hot for fursuiting this summer; looks like it only hit 24°C on the day of the shoot. I like how the end title card has Majira Strawberry-brand socks, mug and head next to a row of condoms. Hopefully those are for the swingers!

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I'm glad how us furs are being looked at by the media as no longer just an adult club, but instead a whole fandom of creativity and fun.

But have you noticed how the media tends to "reveal the truth" and find out "whether or not it's really an 18+ fandom"?

Just a little pet peeve of mine; I'm sure everyone'll figure it out soon enough.

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I mean they could technically find someone who is all three if they look hard enough, I'm sure.

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Heck, if they'd done this a few years ago, they could've had furries with Game of Thrones and drag queens in one episode.

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A fur is a person who is a fan of animal characters with human characteristics. A furry is such a character.

"If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."
~John Stuart Mill~

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How do you figure? In fact the only times when fur/furry is used as a noun on that page are "Hundreds of furs read Flayrah" and "Being run by a fur is insufficient." Both of those are the use that I promote.

"If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."
~John Stuart Mill~

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In fairness, I sneakily edited the latter, just to make Equivamp look silly. I guess "fur" was more a clothing term a decade ago. Personally I'd be fine with using either term in either sense, as it's usually clear what is meant (and "furry" has a long history).

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Lol. Well I approve of the change.

"If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."
~John Stuart Mill~

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>:(

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The Furry Nation method of separating out the concept from the individual and hasn't been widely adopted, though I can agree with it somewhat.

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We should be careful creating characters so separate from ourselves that we cannot see ourselves becoming them. Let us not forget Dr. Kathy Gerbasi's paper, Furries from A to Z, which discussed the potential for distress due to the inability to be the furry animal they desire or believe themselves to be in real life.

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I was more talking about a furry fan being a 'fur' and the content they are a fan of is 'furry', rather than separating the person from the character they roleplay as.

A Trekkie is a fan of Star Trek. They can role play as a Star Trek character if they wish, and the character is not a Trekkie.

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Overall, pretty good! I liked Leo's excuse for a need for attention:

My parents didn't love me as a child.

Bonus points if you recognized any of the fursuiters pictured. Double if they were a murrsuiter!

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While video comments have been generally positive, one from fursuiter Erik the Dragyeen (Instagram) caught my eye:

…Im slightly concerned that nobody asked me if video of my fursuit can be used, specifically in the conext it was used in? (my suit described as feminine, even though my fursona is male)…

People can judge for themselves whether the implication is appropriate - or indeed if said fursuit looks masculine - but it'd be interesting to know who the videographer was, whether permission had been obtained from them, and under what terms.

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