February 7th, 2012

  • dwylfin

Are we not men? We are deviants.


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1. Eller, Andrea. and Eller, Jackie. "“‘Furotica Is Not for Everyfur’: Legitimization and De-legitimization of Furrydom”" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CRIMINOLOGY, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Georgia, Nov 14, 2007 . 2012-02-07
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: To date there have been no serious sociological studies of the furry subculture. Though a common definition is elusive, a furry is a person who has strong personal associations with animals/animal characters and/or asserts a particular animal identity. These identities encompass an expansive range of activities from playful dress-up and chatter to bestiality or claims of “species dysmorphia.” This paper is a content analysis of the strategic language of on-line communities dedicated to pro-fur culture; websites with such names as tigerden.com, fursuitsex.com, furcentral.com, and others that intend to not only create a community for furries but also to normalize their activities by neutralizing potential stigma. Though it is not a study of the “crime” of furverts per se, we do also analyze the content of the strategies of those who attempt to de-legitimize those who desire the pleasures of the fur by embracing legal statutes. Similar to other deviantized and criminalized sexualities, zoophilia (perhaps even plushophilia) faces the articles of law that are rather vague and intentionally worded to allow prosecution and persecution of those who engage in untoward behaviors. Comparing not only furry vocabularies of identity and strategies of community with legal vocabularies used to thwart such efforts, we find that this discursive struggle is extensively similar to ones undertaken by other deviantized sexual groups in the past.

A new book features a chapter co-written by Dr. Eller on "Furries and their Communities":