Yes, We're Actually Writing This Thing...

Cerus, Jason, and I recently started talking about a joint research paper. Amid much joking, we began to seriously discuss the possibility of doing a paper on -

Furries.

Our initial search of journals turned up nothing on them - they seemed to be the last unsurveyed subculture in the world. With our combined academic skills and knowledge of the 'net, we seemed to be the perfect men for the job. I was clawing my way through my midterms so that I could get to work on our questionnaire when Jason sent me this:

"Furries From A to Z (Anthropomorphism to Zoomorphism)"

Of course someone has already studied this. How stupid of me. Now, the obvious thing to do is to read this article carefully and refute it with findings of our own. I haven't really dug into it yet, but on first glance I did find some of their questions to be odd. "Do you consider yourself to be less than 100% human?" "If you could become 0% human, would you?" These questions don't really contribute to a clear picture of who furries are, and generate useless answers like, "I'm about 68% human..." What does that even mean?

Ah, the bloodless cut and thrust of academia...

We'll be focusing our study on a larger population of furries, with an eye toward gathering more demographic information. If you are a furry, don't let the media stereotype you. Make your voice heard by participating in our study! I'll be posting a link to our questionnaire here soon, but feel free to contact me by email in the meantime.

4 comments:

Cerus said...

That is the same journal that Hipster is trying to use to justify a Marxian examination of factory farm animals... I think any findings on our part should be able to put this paper to shame rather easily.

Teh Dr. said...

You're screwed. Con season is coming to a close, and you wont be able to find as easily accessible groups of furries like that for another year. Your study will be flawed by a lack of subjects. Unless, of course you want to turn it into a case study.

His Sinfulness said...

The con thing has been done. We are looking for a wider furry population, found on furry forums. If we feel that a con visit is needed, the one we have tentatively considered visiting is in March.

Amber said...

Are furries and plushies the same thing?? I've heard both terms and have never known if they were the same fetish. Creepy, either way.

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