Medical experts said that dressing up as animals could enhance the mental health of people. This is because it helps to create a strong social support network and attaining self-esteem. There are several stated facts about furry fandom. Furries for one are known to be fans of anthromorphized animals and they are often known to dress up. Experts who studied them for decades said that they can tell us details about human psychology. Furries are also seen to have the need to belong, to have a sense of self, and to be able to express one’s self. According to the researcher, inclusivity has a role to play in the furry fandom.
A decade of study on the furries revealed that these people are not different from any of us. A social psychologist Dr. Courtney Plante has studied the furry community for years. He has also co-founded the Anthropomorphic Research Project and also the book FurScience!. He is also known as Nuka his fursona. Dr. Plante said that for a long time furries have long been associated with the thought that they are people who really think they are animals those who have fur fetishes.
These are mere misconceptions, according to Plante. Furries are merely fans of media that features anthropomorphic animals. This can also manifest in many ways which can range from artworks to performances. Based on the research done, only 20 percent of the furries dress up for self-expression. This dressing up has no relevance to sex. Dr. Plante further added that just like other fan communities this costuming is rarely because they want to be sexually gratified. It is almost always for the purpose of self-expression and simply to perform.
Inclusivity is a major factor in furry communities. The group is largely made up of white male teens up to their mid-twenties. The demographics for LGBTQ is high compared to the rest of the group’s population. Some are even into the idea of using Love plugs! The idea of inclusion even in the moral sense extends to animals. This means that the community is more likely to go against animal testing and other practices of the same nature.
Just like any other fursona for them to interact within their community they tend to shift their self-concept to show the ideal versions of who they are. This often results to self-validation and other positive feelings about themselves. Furries can re-conceptualize themselves in terms of age, personality, gender, and their physical characteristics.