Furry fandom

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Cover of Albedo Anthropomorphics
Two 'Fursuiters'/Furries taking picture at Otakuthon (2014)

Furry fandom is a unique subculture interested in fictional anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics.

Furry fandom is also used to refer to the community of people who gather on the Internet and at furry conventions.


According to fandom's historian Fred Patten, the concept of furry originated at a science fiction convention in early 1980s, when a character drawing from Steve Gallacci’s Albedo Anthropomorphics started a discussion of anthropomorphic characters in science fiction novels. This led to the formation of a discussion group that began to meet at science fiction conventions and comics conventions.[1][2]

Furry lifestyle

The phrases furry lifestyle or furry lifestyler are now seen as Subcultural movement within fandom/subculture that first appeared in July 1996 on the newsgroup alt.fan.furry during an ongoing dispute within that online community. The Usenet newsgroup alt.lifestyle.furry was created to accommodate discussion beyond furry art and literature, and to resolve disputes concerning what should or should not be associated with the fandom; its members quickly adopted the term furry lifestylers, and still consider the fandom and the lifestyle to be separate social entities. They have defined and adopted an alternative meaning of the word furry specific to this group: "a person with an important emotional/spiritual connection with an animal or animals, real, fictional or symbolic."[3]

Connections between Furry Lifestylers, 'Biofurries', 'Postfurries' and Transhumanism or Posthumanism

Due of some furries currently (Mostly Lifestylers, Biofurries, and Postfurries) believing they want to be actual Human-animal hybrids, "Real life furries" through various ways like body modified themselves like extreme body modified their faces, for example, to make them like their animal personas/'fursonas', while very few others, like Postfurries, are believing they will make themselves through either cybernetic body with some robotic animal-like features or Android/'Anthroid' body with being more "Humanoid Animal-like appearance" from their fursona.[4][5][6][7]

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