In Defense of Furries—Not Really

A “Furry” (or, alternately, “Furrie”) is a pervert—I mean, a person—who has a furry animal fetish, who likes to dress up in a furry animal costume and have sex. – You know, actually, I’m gonna have to stick with “pervert.” (For the record, I am a proponent of freedom. Anything done between consenting adults, so long as it harms no third parties or animals or the environment, is none of my business, and I support wholeheartedly the rights of people to engage in such activities. My Furry-bashing is done strictly with tongue in cheek. Even though I really do think they’re pervy.) Why should you care, oh perfectly normal werewolf aficionado who does NOT like to dress up like some anthropomorphic sports team mascot to get your groove on?

It’s a matter of curiosity to me that, by a wide margin, Furries prefer costumes that are caricatures of canines, wolves and dogs, mostly. It seems to me, then, there might be SOME overlap between Furry-perviness and lycanthropy. The Furries are, in a sense, transforming themselves into wolves or other animals, not to ravage the countryside but to ravage other Furries. It’d be interesting to explore further the parallels betwixt lycanthropy and Furrie-ness. Anybody wanna get on that? I’d do it myself, but I fear that, um, that way lies madness. I’d rather somebody else take THAT one for the team.

By The Evil Cheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (,, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at


3 replies on “In Defense of Furries—Not Really”

The pervy part is a VERY small component of furries. Just like its there with Star Wars fans and any other group of people. There will always be the bad eggs.
Furries are a group of people who like to draw, dance, and entertain. It’s an art based fandom. It’s about being accepted.
Of course, comments like these tend to be ignored or trolled, but I’m going to say it anyways. It would be nice if people stopped thinking of furries as perverts. They’re just trying to make a stranger’s day a little brighter.

I wouldn’t call them “bad eggs.” Granted, I may think they’re pervy, but that doesn’t necessarily make them bad people. And I have heard there are non-pervert Furries out there, so thanks for confirming. Unfortunately for you all, the pervy ones get all the press.

Some of the more… ‘dedicated’ furs? –actually base their ‘sonas off mythical shapeshifters like werewolves, selkies, kitsune, and the like. There’s also this cool thing called ‘TF/transformation fandom’, a subniche that straddles the bounds of being furry. Folks in it really love movie fx, comic sequences, art, and animations of people turning into other forms. You can probably blame Disney and/or Osamu Tezuka animation in their adolescent childhood. There’s a fun bit in the old tv cartoon series where Jasmine turns into a rat, and another where Aladdin becomes a shark monster enslaved to a hot mermaid. This kind of stuff is passed down from artists/writers to viewers, pretty young.

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