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Thu, Jul. 8th, 2004, 07:00 pm

I was really angry earlier, but I'm over it. Don't ask what about: it's not mention-worthy.

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

Thu, Jul. 8th, 2004 09:07 pm (UTC)
sparksol

This seems like a reasonable idea, carefully thought about. It does seem likely that several people could subconsciously (sic) be 'being' furry to work things out like that, and some undoubtedly are. Others are just being being so because it seems fun, or to be different, or the same, blah blah bleh. I don't know many people 'being' human just for anything like similar reasons, though I could think of a few. And I could probably also think of a few who don't identify with anything in particular, so long as it isn't human.

Hmm...people could be prescribed this for therapy, if some people thought about it too hard.

Uh...don't mind this comment, my brain went rambling and took my fingers with it....

Thu, Jul. 8th, 2004 09:15 pm (UTC)
sparksol: What the...?

Okay, the time when I posted was certainly NOT 4:07 am...more like 9:07pm of the 8th.

Thu, Jul. 8th, 2004 11:50 pm (UTC)
masstreble: Whoah...

That certainly is odd! What server is your LJ on?

Wait a minute, chronovore... >:D

Fri, Jul. 9th, 2004 01:00 am (UTC)
sparksol: *Gasp*

They know I'm writing about them! If I suddenly disappear, let the others know what happened...

Thu, Jul. 8th, 2004 11:47 pm (UTC)
masstreble: Furry therapy?

Hey, that might actually do some people some good. Really, it would just a paticular form of roleplay, which is already used by many specialists and therapists.

(Also, check out my icon.

NO, WAIT: check out my iconS. As in... plural. *Groucho Marx eyebrows!* They're all original, too.)

Thu, Jul. 8th, 2004 09:16 pm (UTC)
guido_jacobs: Pay for it?

what do you get if you make it a paid account?

Thu, Jul. 8th, 2004 11:27 pm (UTC)
masstreble: *Paid* for it! >:D

Here's the list of reasons why I'm better than you normal LJ users, HA HA HA~ advantages to being a paid-user. Not listed is the fuzzy warm feeling you get for helping LiveJournal. It's like eating an alfador_fox!

Thu, Jul. 8th, 2004 11:50 pm (UTC)
makzu: Re: *Paid* for it! >:D

I've never eaten one of those before. Are they any good?

Thu, Jul. 8th, 2004 11:51 pm (UTC)
masstreble: Well...

He'll say he is! XD

Sat, Jul. 10th, 2004 02:37 pm (UTC)
alfador_fox: Re: Well...

You know me well. ;) =^.^=

Sat, Jul. 10th, 2004 06:51 pm (UTC)
masstreble: Approvania!

Fri, Jul. 9th, 2004 08:06 am (UTC)
guido_jacobs: Re: *Paid* for it! >:D

lol awesome!