Bad Stereotyping

The G4 network can be a mixed bag, with some good stuff and some less than exemplary; taste is subjective, of course.  But on a recent presentation called Wired Sex, a show was presented on fetishes available through the internet, and grouped furries rather broadly as one of them, in the same category as a rubber and latex fetish.  It was the worst, most biased portrayal of furry culture that I have seen since the notorious CSI episode.

The furry community is quite diverse, and I resent any portrayal of furry culture that paints us all with the same brush.  Stereotypes are at best misleading, and are often hurtful; they substitute for thought and objectivism.  For some, being furry admittedly can be a fetish, but we certainly are not all the same.

The show did make the valid point that the internet has drawn many of us together who previously were isolated, and given us a sense of community.  I hope that someday we simply will be accepted by the larger culture, just as we accept that culture and the many groups within it.

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2 Comments on “Bad Stereotyping”

  1. angelbearoh Says:

    There is a bit of irony in all this. In just about every furry convention out there, there are lots of sexual commodities for sale. There is no shortage of adult art, and no shortage of dirty jokes and attendees who dress and act provocatively.
    Now we’re seeing the entire fandom being bought and sold as a sexual commodity among magazine and TV markets. The merchants have become the merchandise!


  2. vulpesffb Says:

    Good comment! There’s nothing wrong with having a healthy sexual appetite, but the presentation on this show and the perspective that might be taken from it was that being furry is all about sex. Sexuality is part of identity, but there’s so much more to the fandom, which spans the spectrum from the purely innocent to the X-rated. The broadness of the base is often overlooked in favor of sensationalism.


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