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TigerTails Radio Season 14 Episode 50

TigerTails Radio - Tue 8 Aug 2023 - 04:35

TigerTails Radio Season 14 Episode 50. Join the Discord Chat: For a full preview of events and for previous episodes, please visit See website for full breakdown of song credits, which is usually updated shortly after the show. If you like what we do and wish to throw some pennies our way to support us, please consider sending a little tip our way. * Please note, tips are made to support TigerTails Radio and are assumed as made with good faith, so are therefore non-refundable. Thank you for your support and understanding.
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FWG Monthly Newsletter August 2023

Furry Writers' Guild - Sat 5 Aug 2023 - 19:54

Sorry for the slightly late blog – I got distracted with the Women’s World Cup matches every evening.

Why yes, I do also have some important writing projects I’ve been procrastinating from, why do you ask?

We do have some new to share, though! Furry Book Month and Oxfurred Comma are rapidly approaching, so it’s about time to start sharing some of what we have planned.

Oxfurred Comma
Everyone’s favourite online furry writing convention will be back for another year! We will be running the convention on Twitch on October 21/22 – save the dates! Exact times TBC but expect it to run through the day on a USA schedule. Those interested in running panels are encouraged to let us know as soon as possible – with details on what your panel will be and who will be taking part. Panels can be pre-recorded or run live.

Send us an email or message one of the guild staff directly for more information on running panels.

Flash Fiction Contest
As always, we will also run a flash fiction contest with the winner announced at the conclusion of Oxfurred Comma. Exact details are still be finalised in terms of theme and how to submit. Keep an eye on our socials for more details to come.

Novel Bundle
The story bundle we ran last year was a great success, so we’re keen to do it all over again! But this time we’re intending on doing something a little different – we’re planning on two bundles! One will be a general rating like last year, and a second bundle will be for more adult-rated content.

As it was last year, we will be opening this bundle up to all self-published works by FWG members. At this stage, we have not had the necessary discussions with publishers to include any works published by them. Send us a message if you’re not sure.

Novels included in last year’s bundle will not be considered at all for this year’s bundles. Authors included last year may submit separate novels, however we will be prioritising new authors who were not included in the 2022 bundle.

Submission details will be shared soon. Like last year, this bundle will be available for a limited time during Furry Book Month.

Social Media Update
While not related to Oxfurred Comma or Furry Book Month, it is still an important situation to address. Twitter has been going through an… interesting time recently, and users are starting to leave in larger numbers. So that the FWG can maintain a strong social media presence, we are currently in the process of shifting to other platforms. It is unlikely we will fully leave Twitter at this stage, but we are in the process of setting up a Mastodon account, and should soon be getting onto Bluesky as well.

Once these two sites have been set up, we will approach guild members to get details on their accounts on these platforms – we want to keep track of all members if and when they depart Twitter!

That’s about all for the news updates this month, but there are still plenty of anthology calls open, including a few new ones from FurPlanet!

Feisty Felines and Other Fantastical Familiars – Deadline October 15th 2023
Altered States: Draconic Desire – Deadline November 30th 2023
Get Wild – Deadline December 1st 2023
Indulge – Deadline January 31st 2024
Indecent Exposure – Deadline When Full
This Is Halloween – Deadline When Full
Furry Femdom Erotica – Deadline When Full
F/F No Erotic Anthology – Deadline When Full
Isekai Me! – Deadline When Full
Children Of The Night – Deadline When Full
Furry/Lovecraftian/Erotic/University Themed Anthology – Deadline When Full
Beyond Their Pale – Deadline When Full
#ohmurr! – Deadline: Ongoing

We also invite you to check out the new and upcoming releases from guild members:

Gnoll Tales, by NightEyes DaySpring. Released June 30th 2023.

Fang Volume 11, edited by Sparf. Released July 1st 2023.

In The Light Of The Dawn, by the Furry Historical Fiction Society (featuring multiple FWG members). Released July 1st 2023.

The Red Vixen After Dark, by Royce Day. Released July 1st 2023.

The Dry Spell, by Ryan Loup-Glissant (Slip Wolf). Released July 1st 2023.

Clade, A Post-Self Anthology, edited by Madison Scott-Clary. Released August 2nd.

The Prince of Thorns, by Tim Susman. Available for pre-order. Released November 14th 2023.

Commander Annie and Other Adventures, by Mary E. Lowd. Available for pre-order. Released November 14th 2023.

We’re all looking forward to seeing your ideas for panels at Oxfurred Comma, and we hope to soon see your submissions for the novel bundle and flash fiction competition.

Until next time.
Safe writing.
J.F.R. Coates

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Bearly Furcasting S4E15-No Bearly, More Taebyn, More Rayne

Bearly Furcasting - Sat 5 Aug 2023 - 05:00

Bearly is away at a concert and Rayne and Taebyn have the controls. This week we talk about The Past Today, Furries in the News, Media, play some This or That, finish the second part of Taebyn's story "Do Not Wish for a Pet Ostrich", and tell some really bad jokes...I mean good jokes, yeah good jokes. Join us for a fun filled episode!

This podcast contains adult language and adult topics. It is rated M for Mature. Listener discretion is advised.

Support the show

Thanks to all our listeners and to our staff: Bearly Normal, Rayne Raccoon, Taebyn, and Ziggy the Meme Weasel.

You can send us a message on Telegram at BFFT Chat, or via email at:

Bearly Furcasting S4E15-No Bearly, More Taebyn, More Rayne
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Vote now! NorCal Furries shortlisted for Best Contingent award in San Francisco Pride Parade.

Dogpatch Press - Fri 4 Aug 2023 - 04:51


Samayoukodomo (more)

Each June, millions of people see the San Francisco Pride parade. Hundreds of thousands of attendees cheer for over 200 contingents. For 2023, five contingents are shortlisted to win the Best Overall Contingent award. Northern California Furries have the huge honor of being one of the five.

You can help win big positive recognition for furries everywhere. Spread the message and get everyone you know to vote!

Voting Poll is here: – Don’t wait, the poll is open until August 15.

Their history in the parade goes back to 2002, and this isn’t their first recognition. They have received multiple “fabulous” and “outrageous” awards. But being shortlisted for Best Contingent is the most recognition yet.

Organizer Zoren called the 2023 event “another wonderful time. We had around 150 (or more) show up and march and had fun showing our pride. It’s also becoming fairly clear, that SF pride loves seeing us. We don’t do it for the awards and acclaim, but nonetheless, we have won awards prior years for being our fabulously outrageous selves. Thus with much excitement, I’m happy to announce that Northern California Furries has again been nominated for an award for how much Pride we show. We along with four other contingents are in the running for Best Overall Contingent in the 2023 SF Pride Parade. Yeah that’s right THE BEST. How do we win that though? Well it is a community award so it takes all of you and even more from the community voting for us.”

Zoren emphasizes that it’s about raising pride, not just awards: “we will indeed return to party again in the future. Because, that’s really what matters.”

Northern California Furries brought 150+ members to the 2023 @SFPride parade, and now they are nominated for an award for Best Overall Contingent.

Vote for NorCal Furries to help them win:

— Dogpatch Press (@DogpatchPress) July 14, 2023

Post-Pride Review

Organizers said the crowds “loved to cheer and howl back… it was deafening.” There was a migration by public transit in fursuit to reach the parade; it was “super good for morale and for people around us.” A popular afterparty was hosted by group member Relay, and access to his place was valuable in case anyone checked out during the parade. 

Organizer Spottacus compared the Norcal Furries to previous furry parades apart from Pride. Spottacus said: “We stand on the shoulders of those that came before us, but whoah are we different.”

Spottacus felt that other groups “worried about what OTHER people thought more than they worried about how WE felt. It was important to act Normie, and not scare the family. It was important to blend in. It was important that very outwardly LGBT people NOT be allowed to talk to the media. It was very important to please the OGs. There were fears of what “people” thought, and rules on how furries should behave, rigorously applied by a team of leaders. After all, there were Children there (sound familiar? Think DeSantis). It was very serious business, even if that made it less fun. We were representing and no one should smear the team image. All for one. In essence: we know better, you should behave within these boundaries.

We started with strong discouragement and angry pushback from the old guard. We said: HEY! We do not care what people in Iowa think of us. Just come as you are. And we came: old and young, latex and in fur, as fembois and gender queer. And sometimes naked. We didn’t say “what will the families think?” (though we did discuss it internally). We just said: “HEY! Just Be you.”

Our parade could not have happened without other groups and for this we are thankful. Our parade couldn’t have happened without the Stonewall Protest (it was NOT a riot). We stand on these excellent shoulders. But what we have achieved is so different and so empowering. Forget gender appropriate (again, Fuck you DeSantis), we aren’t even species appropriate. And… and… they LOVE us. The kids too. I can dress as a femboi dragon, ON TV!, and they love us. We are strong, and beautiful. LOOK AT US. Be jealous. Be Proud. And if you are hateful then BE SCARED. We are numerous. We are Proud. We are furries!”

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VR to the Next Level

In-Fur-Nation - Thu 3 Aug 2023 - 01:36

We just learned about Shangri-La Frontier, a black & white manga written by Katarina and illustrated by Ryosuke Fuji. “Second-year high school student Rakuro Hizutome loves nothing more than finding so-called ‘trash games’ and beating the crap out of them. When he decides to change things up by playing a new, ‘god-tier’ VR game known as Shangri-La Frontier (a.k.a. SLF), he does what he does best: Min-maxes, skips the prologue, and jumps straight into action! Clad in nothing but shorts and a bird mask, Rakuro (player name: Sunraku) launches into the world of SLF. Things are going well at first as he takes down a goblin, a bunny, and even a python. But then Sunraku comes up against a huge, hard-hitting wolf known as Lycagon the Nightslayer. Will Sunraku’s years of ‘trash game’ experience be enough, or is he about to suffer a rude awakening just a few hours into his SLF adventure?” The series is available now from Kodansha International. What’s more, there’s already an anime adaptation series available on Crunchyroll — and YouTube has a preview.

image c. 2023 Kodansha International

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The Japanese furry fandom 15 years ago w/Luca #shorts #snippets

Fox and Burger - Tue 1 Aug 2023 - 23:00

Listen to what Luca has to say about the early Japanese furry fandom! Catch the full episode here: ---- Social Media: Official FABP Twitter: Michael: Burger: ---- #foxandburger #shorts #snippet #furry
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2023 FurMIT「毛斯維加斯」:沉浸式主題帶來全新獸聚體驗

Fur Times - 獸時報 - Tue 1 Aug 2023 - 05:55


2023 FurMIT「毛斯維加斯」 7 月 8 日至 9 日在苗栗尚順育樂世界舉辦。本次活動結合賭場、競標等元素,帶來許多在台灣獸迷聚會上未曾出現的活動,吸引全球各地的獸迷們前來參與。



「毛斯維加斯」在開放報名時因首次引入價格高昂的特殊報名身分而引發討論。價格高達新台幣 8,888 元的「黑鑽級」身分因提供多項優惠、紀念品等而要價不斐,曾於開放報名時在參加者間帶來不小的旋風。

除了報名身分成為焦點外,本次活動也與臺灣虛擬獸人實況主團體「TWPawsOfficial」合作宣傳,用相關活動吸引眾人目光。據官方統計,本次聚會報名人數共有 1,279 人。


聚會以美國知名賭城拉斯維加斯為基礎,在活動設計上添加了許多賭場的元素,提供參加者沉浸感十足的體驗。會場中除設置輪盤、拉霸機、 21 點牌桌等傳統賭場中經常出現的遊戲項目外,更設置搖獎機等機台,供參加者賺取活動積分。

活動也引入了積分機制。在本次聚會中,玩家可透過遊玩遊戲、參加 Panel 、在表演中投票等多種方式取得積分,活動結束時積分累積數量最高者除了可以獲得官方製作的紀念麻將套組外,更可讓自己的設定出現在明年活動的主視覺設計上。


除了賭場遊戲、 Panel 等活動外,本次的毛斯維加斯也新增了「舞台大對決」與「競標大會」兩大活動。在舞台大對決中,參加者們將會被分成「璀璨黑桃」、「炙熱紅心」兩大隊伍輪流在台上進行才藝競賽,並在每回合結束後由台下的觀眾票選出優勝者。活動最後由璀璨黑桃勝出。而在競標大會中,參加者們可於事先提供拍賣品,由現場的參加者們競標,出價最高者即可拍得該物品。




毛斯維加斯也延續舉辦了上屆備受好評的「紙箱樂園」、「氣球派對」與旋轉木馬等活動,讓參加者們自由前往體驗。每次聚會皆會舉辦的「DJ Party」則邀請到了 Teru Fox、ICE 與日本獸圈知名 DJ SORAMI 擔任 DJ ,用節奏強勁的音樂「嗨」翻所有人。



今年的 Panel 活動一樣由自願者申請報名。本次聚會的 Panel 數目高達 28 個,主題從馬內、攝影到旅遊團等應有盡有,吸引了眾多參加者前往參加自己有興趣的 Panel 。




今年公益抽獎同樣捐助給台灣石虎保育協會。本次的公益抽獎共募集到新臺幣 258,850 元,同時也是國內獸迷聚會首次有多顆毛裝頭套做為獎品。活動尾聲也公開明年的活動主題與主視覺——台灣金毛影展,歡迎獸迷們明年再來參與。



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TigerTails Radio Season 14 Episode 49

TigerTails Radio - Tue 1 Aug 2023 - 04:18

TigerTails Radio Season 14 Episode 49. Join the Discord Chat: For a full preview of events and for previous episodes, please visit See website for full breakdown of song credits, which is usually updated shortly after the show. If you like what we do and wish to throw some pennies our way to support us, please consider sending a little tip our way. * Please note, tips are made to support TigerTails Radio and are assumed as made with good faith, so are therefore non-refundable. Thank you for your support and understanding.
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Bearly Furcasting S4E14 - Hot Summer Furs

Bearly Furcasting - Sat 29 Jul 2023 - 05:00

Moobarkfluff! Wow, what a lot of stuff this week. We have lots of upcoming events, we visit the Transfurmation lab, talk about some creature oddness, visit with Taebyn's honey; Tatsu, A movie review from Cheetaro, and well, that's just some of the hilarity you you expect from BFFT! Moobarkfluff all you furs!

 Migration | Official Trailer

Taebyn Merch at Fourthwall

Wild Bills Soda

Merch at Redbubble

Merch at Bonfire

Merch at Fourthwall

This podcast contains adult language and adult topics. It is rated M for Mature. Listener discretion is advised.

Support the show

Thanks to all our listeners and to our staff: Bearly Normal, Rayne Raccoon, Taebyn, and Ziggy the Meme Weasel.

You can send us a message on Telegram at BFFT Chat, or via email at:

Bearly Furcasting S4E14 - Hot Summer Furs
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Outer Space from the Ground, Up

In-Fur-Nation - Thu 27 Jul 2023 - 23:50

Underground Oracle Publishing got in touch with us about Wyld Space, a new tabletop RPG they are producing. According to them, “Wyld Space is a high-adventure sci-fi setting where you take on the role of wylds fighting back against a corrupt government and the megacorps controlling them in the distant reaches of space.” We’ll let Jess Pendley of UOP explain where they’re at now: “The way our publishing model works, is we release a developing early-access pdf that we update each month with additional materials for our supporters over a six-month cycle, then we crowdfund production of the shelf-ready version of the book to sell on storefronts. During the production cycle, we provide our patrons with exclusive playtest and feedback surveys, so they have a real impact on the setting before it hits the shelves. Each of our early access pdfs contains all of the rules that you need to play (using the Cypher System), so they don’t require owning any additional books.” Got that? Currently they have not one but two special Patreon drives for Wyld Space in progress.

image c. 2023 Underground Oracle Publishing

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Tips for a New Fursuiter

Ask Papabear - Wed 26 Jul 2023 - 11:06
Hi PapaBear!

I am a person who's been in the fandom for at least four years and I'm now getting my very own fursuit! But- unfortunately, I do not know the proper things needed whilst having a suit and proper fursuiting etiquette. The most I know about it, is not deheading in public and needing a lanyard with a badge on it. I'd love ta know more so I can participate in an upcoming convention the right way!

Much love and bear hugs, 
Benny Raspberry

* * *

Dear Benny,

Congratulations on your upcoming fursuit! And thanks for your question.

Fursuiting has changed a lot since I first started doing it over a dozen years ago. Back then, the rules (or, really, traditions, which basically arose from the fact that a lot of early fursuiters had worked at places like Disneyland) were much more rigorous. For example, most fursuiters believed you should never talk while in fursuit or reveal the fursuiter underneath the fur for any reason other than you're about to overheat if you don't dehead right away. 

This is not so much the case today. I regularly see fursuiters take their heads off in public instead of in the fursuit room at cons, and there is a thing now called "poodling" that we would never have done back in the day. Poodling is when you just wear a head and paws and you allow your arms and even your legs or belly to be seen. The reason these things were frowned upon in the past is that fursuiters felt it spoiled the illusion that you were your fursona. If you ask a young fursuiter today if that is true, they will deny that it affects this illusion. Now, I understand why some people poodle because a full fursuit can be very hot. However, the problem is easily solved simply by wearing pants and long-sleeved shirts. I do feel that deheading in public and poodling are not really in the spirit of fursuiting, but since this old bear is not in charge of how fursuiters behave, I'm not going to police them. Me, I stay in full suit because I want to be 100% in character. But what you do in this regard is up to you. 

There are no rules other than make sure you do not overheat and that you have access to water. All cons have a "headless room" or "fursuit room" where you should go if you need to dehead, get some water, and sit by a fan. Fursuiters and their handlers are allowed in these rooms, but not other people (this goes back to the tradition that we don't want to spoil the illusion, but also because fursuiters need a lot of room to relax and you don't want a lot of people wandering about getting in the way).

The next thing you want to do is to have a handler, especially if you are new to fursuiting. Because visibility is a problem in most fursuits, it is easy to trip on stuff. A handler helps guide you through the hotel or wherever you might be to avoid this. Handlers can also warn off overenthusiastic people who try to hug you or pull on your suit without permission. It also helps if you familiarize yourself with your fursuit location before you suit up. Do a walk-through and get to know where tables, chairs, pony walls, and other obstacles may be. Oh, and be very careful on any stairs and escalators. When it comes to hotel elevators, remember that fursuiters are allowed to get on first (after any people with disabilities and the elderly or ill). 

Next: Performance! Get into character when fursuiting! Don't just amble about like a guy in oversized SCUBA gear. Get into it. Remember to exaggerate your gestures so that they are expressive and easy to see. If you choose to talk in fursuit, maybe do so in your character's voice. If you don't talk, then it's even more important to do a physical performance. Remember, people will want to take pictures and give hugs. It's up to you whether you want to allow this, and you can politely say or gesture to them that you don't care for that if that is the case, but for me, the hugs and posing for pics are the best parts of fursuiting.

Oh, and yes, do remember to wear a con badge. That's true whether you are in suit or just a regular attendee. When you are putting on your suit, it can be easy to forget! So, don't! Put on your body first, then the lanyard, and then your head in that order.

Those are the highlights. If you have more questions, feel free to ask. Have a great con!


The Cat of Cali

In-Fur-Nation - Wed 26 Jul 2023 - 00:08

Remember when we told you about P-22, the famous “Hollywood Puma”, whom we lost in 2022? Well author Henry Hoke has a very special take on a similar urban cat in his novel called Open Throat. “A queer and dangerously hungry mountain lion lives in the drought-devastated land under the Hollywood sign. Lonely and fascinated by humanity’s foibles, the lion spends their days protecting a nearby homeless encampment, observing hikers complain about their trauma, and, in quiet moments, grappling with the complexities of their gender identity, memories of a vicious father, and the indignities of sentience. When a man-made fire engulfs the encampment, the lion is forced from the hills down into the city the hikers call ‘ellay’. As the lion confronts a carousel of temptations and threats, they take us on a tour that spans the cruel inequalities of Los Angeles and the toll of climate grief.” Find out more in this new hardcover best-seller.

image c. 2023 MacMillan Publishing

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TigerTails Radio Season 14 Episode 48

TigerTails Radio - Tue 25 Jul 2023 - 04:56

TigerTails Radio Season 14 Episode 48. Join the Discord Chat: For a full preview of events and for previous episodes, please visit See website for full breakdown of song credits, which is usually updated shortly after the show. If you like what we do and wish to throw some pennies our way to support us, please consider sending a little tip our way. * Please note, tips are made to support TigerTails Radio and are assumed as made with good faith, so are therefore non-refundable. Thank you for your support and understanding.
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Enjoying Taichung local cuisine with a furry artistic touch in Taiwan

Global Furry Television - Sat 22 Jul 2023 - 20:43

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Bearly Furcasting S4E13 - Please Don't Eat The Ferret!

Bearly Furcasting - Sat 22 Jul 2023 - 05:00

Moobarkfluff! Taebyn is back from his vacation!  Rayne and Bearly discuss their July 4th experiences, Taebyn tells us about his vacation adventure, we have some jokes, we have some trivia, Bearly has trouble pronouncing city names, We are joined by Calypso the Flamingo to discuss their involvement in their home town 4th of July Parades,  and of course we generally have a ridiculous time of it all.  So tune in, sit back, and get ready for a furtastic ride! Moobarkfluff all you furs!


Raynes Fireworks Video

Taebyn Merch at Fourthwall

Calypso's story on Facebook



Wild Bills Soda

Merch at Redbubble

Merch at Bonfire

Merch at Fourthwall

This podcast contains adult language and adult topics. It is rated M for Mature. Listener discretion is advised.

Support the show

Thanks to all our listeners and to our staff: Bearly Normal, Rayne Raccoon, Taebyn, and Ziggy the Meme Weasel.

You can send us a message on Telegram at BFFT Chat, or via email at:

Bearly Furcasting S4E13 - Please Don't Eat The Ferret!
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Bok to the Future

In-Fur-Nation - Sat 22 Jul 2023 - 01:51

Sometimes manga can go in marvelously strange directions. Like things go in Rooster Fighter by Shu Sakuratami. “The neighborhood cock of the walk is more than just an ordinary rooster — he’s humanity’s greatest defender! His opponents may be ten stories tall, but nothing is bigger than his stout heart and his fearsome battle cry — cock-a-doodle-doo!” You don’t say? Well that’s what Viz Media tell us anyhow! Several black & white issues are out now.

image c. 2023 Viz Media

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PhiliFUR, A Community Driven Con w/Gaspy and Jethro [FABP E34]

Fox and Burger - Fri 21 Jul 2023 - 23:00

Now preparing for its second year, PhiliFUR is the Philippines' newest fur con. In this episode, we talked with Gaspy and Jethro to tell us a little bit about themselves, what they do, the start of PhiliFUR, and their overall vision for the con. As of this writing, PhiliFUR tickets are still out. Get them while they last! ---- Timestamps: 00:00 Teaser 00:29 Intro 01:36 Guests Intro 03:47 Gaspy Intro 08:29 Jethro Intro 12:15 Getting into the fandom 16:15 Bears are cool 21:42 Growing up on video games 27:00 Living in Bulacan 32:44 Where to go in Baguio and Manila 35:32 Batanes and Ilocos 39:06 Amazing Filipino food 44:16 What inspired PhiliFUR’s creation 51:18 Getting to the event 55:33 Emphasis on roleplay and VR 1:00:31 Passionate dancing and excited children 1:04:32 Gaspy and Jethro’s roles at PhiliFUR 1:08:20 Management and avoiding disaster 1:15:24 Voting on a con mascot 1:20:19 Cosplay and mascots 1:25:39 Onlookers, old vs new 1:29:36 Future plans 1:36:33 Social media shoutout 1:38:22 Outro ---- Social Media: Official FABP Twitter: Michael: Burger: Gaspy: Philifur: Jethro: ---- Footage Credit: ---- The Fox and Burger Podcast is one segment of our production house, Fox and Burger Productions. The podcast’s goal is twofold: 1, to know more about the Asian furry fandom; and 2, compare and contrast the Asian fandom with the Western one. If you have a guest that you would like to see on the show, please PM us! We will also take questions for our guests, so don’t miss this opportunity to know some amazing furs.
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They Hate Us for Being Free

Ask Papabear - Thu 20 Jul 2023 - 15:06
Hi Papabear,

I've been seeing a lot of furry hate recently on the internet, and to be honest, I am tired of people hating on us, thinking that we are all zoophiles or thermals [I think he means therians, or maybe ferals], and to see that even though we hate them (zoophiles/therians) as well, people still don't see that! I feel like the fandom is dying, and you know what? We should destroy the furry community to make a new community like it, except with thermals or zoophiles, and to not have inappropriate things like murrsuits. It should be child friendly! 

Do you think we should recreate the furry fandom and have a set of rules with it? To keep everyone more safe and to stop furry hate all together?

Anonymous (age 15)

* * *

Dear Anonymous,

Wow, there's a lot of stuff in this letter to address. Let me see if I can do so in an organized and logical fashion.

  1. You're 15, so you are likely not familiar with furry history. Truth is, furry hate has been around for decades and is nothing new. The good news is that, overall, furries are more accepted today than they once were. The media has slowly been warming to us, and capitalist society is starting to realize that there is money in furry (hence the success of Zootopia, which was produced by people who saw dollar signs in making a totally furry movie).
  2. What you're proposing has already been tried in what was the Burned Furs vs. Freezing Furs debacle of the late 1990s, which was a conflict between furries who wanted to get rid of adult art (Burned Furs) and those who felt it was part of the fandom (Freezing Furs). As you can tell, the Burned Furs lost. There are a number of reasons for this ranging from the fact that those leading the Burned Furs charge were pretty much incoherent and rambling in their philosophy of why adult furry art is bad to the fact that an integral part of being a furry for many in the fandom is the freedom to explore sex and gender. An anti-porn movement has started again recently, blossoming on Twitter from a group called puriteens. Puriteens are not specific to the furry fandom, but they have been active in it and attack not only people who are okay with furporn but also zoophiles and feral furries and, I see, therians, as well. The think that feral furries are zoophiles, which of course is not at all the case.
  3. I've only been noticing this movement recently in which young (especially) furries have come to associate feral furries and therians with zoophilia, so, like you, they attack these groups. This is misguided. Therians are not a group of people favoring zoophilia. It has nothing to do with this. The same for the specific group known as lycans (lycanthropes). Also, there is a long tradition of ferals being in the fandom, and many movies (animated and live action) have anthropomorphized feral animals in them, ranging from The Incredible Journey and Charlotte's Web to Bolt and Balto. So, you need to divest yourself of this belief that therians are zoophiles and need to be banished from the fandom. (Also, therians are really not furry per se, but often share interests with furries as a kind of related subculture.) As for zoophiles, they are a tiny tiny tiny minority. No, they should not be considered "okay," but the idea they are a huge problem in the fandom is exaggerated to say the least.
  4. Lastly, any notions of destroying the fandom and rebuilding it are patently absurd. There are literally hundreds of thousands of furries out there indulging in their interests in anthros with absolutely no organization or structure to it. So, any attempt to control them would be like trying to herd thousands of cats from Houston to Chicago (a "cat"tle drive LOL). Cats have their own minds and don't take kindly to being penned, pushed, and pontificated at. Ain't gonna happen. They're free spirits, just like furries.

If you're looking for a subculture or fandom with rules and structure in it, the furry fandom is not where you want to be (try a Star Trek convention, maybe). It's chaotic, creative, explosive, turbulent, wild, manic, and totally counterculture. That's what makes it fun, frustrating, and amazing.

The people who hate furries hate us because we don't go by their rules. I love it. Don't let it bother you, because they only hate us because they can't control us. Kind of like Darth Vader hating the Old Republic because it didn't conform to his ideas of control.

There is a lot of pressure and hate against people who are trying to be free. Yes, it can be hard, and I understand you're upset about it, but that's a part of what being a furry is.

Bear Hugs,

Social Dynamics in Furmeet Groups

Ask Papabear - Wed 19 Jul 2023 - 13:35
Hi Papabear,

I wanna ask how to deal with gatekeeping within the fandom and how to improve despite their differences?

For context, I have a friend who's in college and we started to chat and sharing everything since the pandemic. The problem my friend has is that he doesn't live in one of the biggest cities in Colombia but in a tourist one. That's why most of the fandom have (not everyone) start to mocking some regions, including my friend's city, with terrible jokes.

Despite I lived in the capital city (Bogotá) where concentrates the most part of the fandom, I can't believe the hipocrisy of some people, causing a lot of drama and splits to show which side of the furry fandom is the best; including the popfurs and meetups. And this bothers me when I read what happened in the past.

The funny part is I open the conversation in a group where I'm part of by typing "Hey, Divas! What's up?" to see what are the reactions.

At first, I thought that the Colombian furry fandom was open and welcomed, until I realized the live in their own bubbles. And maybe it can happen in other countries as well.

What do you think?

Gabbo the Fox (Colombia; age 30)

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Dear Gabbo,

Sorry for the late reply. What you're experiencing in Colombia is something that happens in fandom groups across the world. It is human nature, sadly, for hierarchies to form in social groups. While in the broad, big-picture view of the fandom, it is true that the furry fandom will accept anyone regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender, religion, or nationality, but it is also true that this is often not the case in small meetup groups.

Why does this happen?

Simply put, it's because certain people are not happy unless they are dominating others. There are a number of reasons for this such as overcompensating for low self-esteem or because the only way they feel safe in a group is if they can control all the other members. And the best way to dominate others is to put those other people down. You can do this by mocking certain attributes (it doesn't matter what attribute so long as it can be labeled as "other" or "unacceptable.") or by gatekeeping in which the dominant person declares that certain people do not meet the requirements to be "true" to their type, whether that means you are a muggle or not a true furry.

While there is such a thing as a true leader, one who assumes the post because they are smarter or stronger or more experienced and wish to use these skills to lead their group to success and happiness, such people are typically found in times of crisis (for example, FDR during the Depression and World War II, or, closer to your home, Simón Bolívar). But when there is no crisis and the only purpose of a group is to socialize, then true leaders are not really required and what you get instead are popufurs and prima donnas. This is true whether you are in the United States, the United Kingdom, or Colombia.

You are 100% correct that these furry social groups "live in their own bubbles." This is the reason for the social dynamic you have witnessed and why the leaders of such groups are typically jackasses (often--not always, but often). I hear stories like yours all the time. It's very petty and small. And it can definitely turn one off being a furry.

Don't you let it. You're furry, I assume, because you love anthro animal characters in stories and art. Don't let others take that love away from you just because they're derps. Recognize that the ones treating you like this are most likely furries with very low confidence levels who are, basically, bullies trying to gain undeserved attention and admiration.

How do you deal with it? Once you recognize these people for what they are, I have found that their personal attacks bounce right off me like bullets off of Superman's chest. Personal attacks on your character don't sting at all if you do not respect the people who are dishing it out. (My usual response to people trying to hurt my feelings is, "Ooh, ouch! That would really hurt if I cared about your opinion.")

Once people realize you cannot be hurt by their attacks, they, like all bullies, usually get bored and stop attacking you. 

In short, be cool. Be calm. Be Zen. Be Bear. Bears don't take no shit from nobody, and neither should you. And they look cute doing it, too.

Hope this helps.

Stay Furry!

Bear Hugs,