Also of significance are the novels of Felix Salten published between 19 which established the precedents of what would later be called furry fiction.
With the advent of animation and comic books in the first half of the 20th century, anthropomorphic animals became a popular phenomenon with fans of all ages.
The object of the fandom is not a genre nor any specific segment of the arts, but rather an interest in a specific type of character that may appear in any genre of fiction or type of media. Anthropomorphic animal characters are found in the art of many ancient cultures.
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Is it me or are Furries popping up in news stories more?
It feels strange to bring it up, but I swear the fandom has been getting more media attention and a good amount of it has been positive. The reason I’m writing this opinion piece is, in part, because of my own history in the fandom. If you were a Furry around that time you were under the shadow of, what I prefer to call, the “Vanity Fair Era”.
Then we come to this year where the stories continue.
Notably, popular writer Kyell Gold’s new book, “The Time He Desires,” getting featured on Slate’s LGBT Blog Outward, about tackling in front of current events took social media by storm.
Which has lead to moments like the Inside Edition undercover story at FC in 2015 or several smaller press organizations trying to sneak in to get the right sound bite that fits into the ‘Furries as only a sexual fetish’ narrative. As it was dying, around the start of the 2010’s, I began to come across several small articles now and again actually tackling the topic of Furries and what the fandom is about.
I remember when getting involved with the fandom watching those Uncle Kage videos about how to interact/ avoid the media or how he responded when the media went to him. If you were a Furry under the Vanity Fair Era you were one of the lowest of the low. Though the main word here is “small”, with coverage from local press outlets of a local convention or a furmeet with an even smaller audience.Named that cause of the infamous article published by Vanity Fair titled, “Pleasures of the Fur”, in 2001.Which presented the Furry Fandom as a sexual fetish and only as a sexual fetish. It’s a part of the fandom but it’s not what defines the fandom. You can create artwork in the fandom or be an observer. We all have different levels based around that same love and as long as we are respectful and understand people’s different viewpoints we bring forward a beauty of community the Furry Fandom provides.Along with MTV’s Sex2K episode, “Plushies and Furries,” and the famous CSI episode, “Fur and Loathing,” in 2003 that painted a clear picture of the fandom to mainstream audiences. Furries are people who love walking talking animals and how they show that love depends on the person. Anyone who has been in or actually explores the fandom understands that, but with stories like CSI that wasn’t what people were seeing.It’s why for the longest time, and still to a degree, Furries don’t talk to the media because the media has done a poor job with representing us. I can’t say when it ended, with history there’s rarely any cut off date, eras come in waves and in the last few years the previous wave has died down.No different than if the same stories came from a Trekkie, Anime, or Comic fandom.