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18 Apr 2017, 10:58 pm
My parents are VERY xenophobic. You know the type. The deal is, I have my own money, but no bank account and no way to put my cash on a prepaid card. I literally was just asking for permission to use their Paypal. They straight up laughed in my face, said furries are deviants, asked why I would want to be associated with a deviant subculture, said cons are dangerous, said it's weird, said they don't understand why people want to "run around dressed as cartoon characters," said it would scare off employers, stuff like that. How can I explain why we do this?
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18 Apr 2017, 11:04 pm
Oh man. I'm glad I'm not in that situation..... Um.... I don't actually know.... The definition is someone who appreciates anthro art and such of the like.... So.... If your parents enjoyed early disney films (The animal robin hood one. One of my fav movies of all time) or like Zootopia.... Then really they are also furries by the actual definition.... XD It's a broad definition and people choose to identify with it and such. Not everyone in this fandom does the extreme deviant stuff (LIKE EVERY FANDOM/GROUP HAS BTW) and even some DOCTORS AND SUCH are furries in their free time because they feel like they can maybe come out of their shell more and just have fun with people who share their interests!!
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18 Apr 2017, 11:05 pm
The fandom can vary in meaning between a lot of people, but to answer your question with a question; "Why do people do stuff they want to?"
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25 May 2017, 12:58 am
aw man that blows, like, calm down different isn't bad XP
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25 May 2017, 1:02 am (Edited 25 May 2017, 1:12 am)
Lol yeah, my parents are kind of like that. I sorta low-key brought up going to a PG-13 con in Seattle and they FLIPPED.
Yeah, but they let me go to SakuraCon? That's like at least 10 times worse. :/

There's a lot of negative stuff associated with furries, so much so that a lot of positives are drowned out for concerned parents. At least I know that my parents have NO CHILL when it comes to furries :L

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I didn't put any suggestions woops.
I'd try to casually show them the positive aspects of the community. Eg., art, literature, movies... Potentially help them see the refined side of the fandom. But don't be too pushy about it, from experience trying to force them to be okay with it backfires badly :)
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5 Jun 2017, 8:46 pm
I want a fur suit...and only a few people know that Im a furry... and almost EVERYONE thinks it's ONLY about sexual stuffs! Man where did theses rumors come from...but why do YOU think we dress up like that? I like to think of it as people get to know you for your personality and not your looks... they get to know the real you... and as for the conventions...I don't know much I have yet to be to one but I DOUHT there dangerous and long as your smart and don't do dumb stuff you should be fine and eaven at that everyone messes up so even if you do do a dumb thing it's no biggie...tell them that YOU like it and if they dont like it that don't mean they need to put you doun for it. Your being you and that's what maters. I have yet to tell my parents but I'm not afraid to becase I like furry conventions and I think the idia of dressing up in a costume is AMAZING! So if you like it go for it but just be prepared to do some explaining...show them a few videos if nesisary. You got this!
9 Jun 2017, 12:14 pm
It's a hobby. It's not a life changing thing. People do it for fun, and people do things like alcohol and drugs and other questionable activities for fun. Fursuiting or buying art isn't a harmful activity, and it's not strange either. You could say that it's a performing art, and there's nothing wrong with preferring to perform as anthropomorphic characters over human characters. Tons of famous actors prefer voicing cartoons over live action. There are voice specialists specifically for cartoon characters.
It's a part of your personal life, and it is no one else's business. It might even be a good skill to practice if you're seeking a career in performance or art.
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9 Jun 2017, 12:19 pm
My parents were uncertain at first too. But they were able to understand that my interests aren't fetishy or harmful.
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