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How to explain furries to my parents

27 Nov 2018, 6:20 pm (Edited 27 Nov 2018, 9:11 pm)
Help! My dad and mom have looked up furries and fur suits and have seen all the terrible lies about the fandom, and have seen the inappropriate language like OwO. They assume that I am associated with that. I want to tell them how kind and how amazing the fandom is and that it isn’t just a cult. I want to tell them without them laughing at me or judging me. I don’t know what to do, and I am treading on a thin wire.

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27 Nov 2018, 6:22 pm
I feel like "being a furry" is as simple as just a person who thinks cartoon animals are cool. like seeing mickey mouse.

maybe show them the cnn documentary about it
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27 Nov 2018, 6:29 pm
Like the person above said, just explain its just a group of people who like anthropamorphic animals, such as cartoon characters, movie characters, etc, and that not all of them are into the not family friendly stuff.
27 Nov 2018, 8:30 pm (Edited 27 Nov 2018, 9:17 pm)
the inappropriate language like OwO

I thought 0w0 was just an emoticon, anywho .... What makes someone a furry?

Whether or not they consider themselves one; the term "furry" is so massively broad and encompasses so many vastly different things, that it's impossible to accurately define what exactly "furry" means. Most people will consider you a furry just for liking anthro animals, no matter how involved with it you are.

As a comparison, does watching a Star Trek movie automatically mean you're a "trekkie"? If you enjoyed the Harry Potter books, does that mean you're a "potterhead"? It all depends on how interested you are in the material.

You could tell them that is just another hobby like videogames or comics and not some anthro animal porn fandom. Being "furry" in no way means to be obsessed with animal stuff, or wear ears and tails or "furry" t-shirts all the time, or going to furry conventions and wearing fursuits.
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27 Nov 2018, 9:32 pm
honeesugar Explaining furries is kind of difficult, because the genuine origins of the subculture, whether people want to believe it or not, was mature in nature. Something tells me I'm going to get flamed for saying that, but I've done my research, so I don't really care of people don't like me saying it.
If you're not into furries for those reasons, tell your parents that. Be honest. Tell them from your heart why you like furries. Furry doesn't have to be inappropriate. The subculture is so diverse and expansive now that there are many places on the internet for furries that isn't inappropriate, such as Furvilla, which is pg13. I honestly feel like your parents not wanting you to be a furry because there's content in it that may not be suitable for you is not that different from if your parents said that you shouldn't be a human being because there is human related content that is unsuitable for you (okay, that's a bit extreme, but you get the picture, hopefully). However, on the internet you DO have to be safe, because with such a diverse group of people the furry fandom can have unsavory sorts lurking behind cute animals that aren't looking to be kind to you, so you have to respect their wishes in the end, even if you don't agree with them.

I thought 0w0 was just an emoticon, anywho .... What makes someone a furry?
OwO was originally a chat emote used by furries, yes. In recent internet culture, because of the unsavory nature of many furries, it's been used as an insult along with an additional phrase I won't say here. In absolute recent internet culture, furries have reclaimed it as a funny emote.
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27 Nov 2018, 9:49 pm
Everyone here has given really good advice.

I think you should also mention that there is good and bad everywhere, and to remind them that media tends to focus on the bad things. Try to find examples they may be familiar with. There are extremists in every group.

You are the same person regardless, and you should be proud of who you are. They may react badly at first, but you can show them it's not all bad. Hell, you could show them this site at one point and show how friendly and PG it is.
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11 Dec 2018, 10:27 pm
2 weeks after Honeesugar went missing, her parents probably wont let her go online unsupervised for a couple of years; she couldn't even read our replies.
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11 Dec 2018, 10:38 pm (Edited 11 Dec 2018, 10:38 pm)
I said it was a art based fandom (if they don't know what fandom means say group of people) who like animals. Specifically, anthros (example: Mickey mouse, Judy hopps, etc.) People in this group make their own characters to express themselves and make costumes to become their character.
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12 Dec 2018, 7:47 am
TwoFurryBros made a really good video on explaining furries to his whole school. All of it is SFW, and shines a very good light on the fandom. I'd recommend showing them that.
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