xombie wrote:before I realized I was a fan of anthro art I did mainly associate the word "furry" with folks who dressed up in fur costumes and attended conventions (so in short I do still see it negatively). However, "Anthro" is a little bit less main stream and I can use it without getting the same strange looks that I would get if I was using the word "Furry."
Moving to other people, I know a lot of people that use the word Furry with negative thought/intention, and that is something I would like to try to avoid with the style that I have found I am a fan of.
The whole furry thing is a bit of a misconception.
After coming across this place, I've found myself getting more and more into the whole anthro thing. And I like to know stuff, so I've looked into the whole furry thing.
First off, the reason the public image of furry is fursuits and weird sex in fursuits, is because they're the more outrageous aspect, which makes good television. Things like CSI, some sex program and Tyra Banks for example.
Second, the fandom does not help itself. The idea is that it's something you can use to express yourself, no matter who or what you are. Unfortunately, that means you get a fair number of exceptionally weird fetishes going on, which again, media latches onto. I'm not going to go in to the worst offenders, but lets just say a lot of it is way over the top and just gives bad image.
As for furries themselves, a lot of them tend to be over the top, which is a little daunting, but from what I've learned, they are generally friendly people, and to be honest, given your average internet user, probably a lot nicer than the majority of the groups out there. There is a bit of a weird time when you realise that a pretty hefty proportion of furries tend to be gay, but thats probably the whole expression thing coming into play. It seems to be a nicer environment for people to come out. Whcih is the really weird thing. Everything you hear or see about furries tends to be negative, but they are pretty much regular people. You still get your fair share of drama-queens and the like, you get the bad eggs, but other than that they are welcoming, friendly people, if not a touch creepy at times.
Personally, when the art is brought up, I prefer the term anthro, as it avoids the negative connotations of Furry, but as time goes past I'm finding myself more and more into a lot of the culture, which worries me a little.
But yeah, Anthro/Furry. Same thing. It's attributing human or humanoid characteristics to something. Anthro could be pretty much anything you can thing of being anthropomorphasised (animate and inanimate objects, animals, etc), while furry means specifically animals with human traits. Even then, human traits can be as insignificant as a standard rabbit that talks. Or a sheep that has human style eyes.