To completely change the subject, it be time for an wandering, unprofessional essay, yo!
About a week ago, I was discussing subcultures with kbhoyt when he stated he thought I was "intellectual-post-furry." [The entire entry in question can be found here.] I found this to be an interesting idea, in and of itself. Post-furry, or "what comes after furry." The idea of furry as something that one grows past or through is entirely fascinating, and something I've often thought about.
See, many 'modern' furries are using a mask of animal attributes as a vehicle through which they can act out their desires. Animals are essentially innocent of the things society puts on us, so this is a very logical thing to do in order to express anything you have been suppressing. The infantile behavior coming from many furries is suddenly understandable!
Assuming this to be true, it is not surprising that teenagers are the largest slice of the furry crowd. The infantile, affectionate behavior gives way to exploration of sexual fetishes and fascinations, which is typical of adolescence. So, then, what comes next? A rough terrain into adulthood, and one could argue that many have actually made this trip. They either float around the edges of the fandom (myself included), drift away entirely, or stay "in" as an adult figure (Uncle Kage, 2 the Ranting Gryphon, KT, and so on).
So why use furry for this, if normal life works just as well? Because many people are somehow escaping these patterns, or so I could argue. A good look at the fandom reveals that people are indeed suppressing a great many things! Additionally, the fandom provides a 'safe' network through which one can explore and do all of the mentioned things, practically free of the fear of ridicule or bodily harm. This would also explain why the fandom has a tendency to "flinch" (in 2 the Ranting Gryphon's word) when ridicule or negative attention is drawn to the fandom.
What does this mean for anthropomorphics, however? This was certainly not the conscious reason the fandom was formed, or is it? The fandom was originally created to appreciate and explore the concept of anthropomorphism, and this certainly has happened: we now 'know' that anthropomorphism can be used a psychological tool to work out issues an individual never knew they had, as above. A cynic may comment that this "corrupts" the original intent of the fandom, and they may be correct: the fandom is no longer a good environment to explore anthropomorphism in. Sadly, all of the above being assumed true, actual "fans of anthropomorphics" are left without any cognitive real estate.
I hope I don't get crap for that one. I'm not picking on anyone; I'm merely refflecting.
To change the topic AGAIN: I'm really thinking about making this a paid account. I'll do this by paying for it! XD