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Despite the cuddly outfits inspired by Disney characters, the world of furry fandom is filled with an erotic charge that stems from the ability for someone to truly be themselves when they’ve taken on a persona (or fursona if you’re nasty) of their own choosing. Furry sex lives aren’t that different from non-fur sex lives. They can be as vanilla as it comes. Some furries yiff out of their suits, while others leave the fursuit on for maximum weirdness.

Hopefully, at this point, we all know that weird is good, and this rundown of furry sex facts is more of an attempt to understand a subculture that seems to be in a state of permanent flux. Thanks to the Internet, people all over the world have discovered their inner fox, dragon, or raccoon, and with every new Tumblr click, the furry population grows. If you’ve ever wondered whether or not you have animal instincts, this collection of furry sex facts might bring out the polar bear in you.

Furry culture is widely misunderstood. Despite the group bringing up interesting points about sexuality, gender disparity, and identity, they’re still looked down on as a lesser class of nerds. One of the reasons is obviously because furries look silly. There’s no way around that. But isn’t that our fault? Shouldn’t we, as non-furries, get over our hesitation of discussing identity politics with someone who is dressed like a lemur and giving a back massage to an otter? Keep reading and see what you think.

Furries Came Out of Sexual Repression

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Similar to the way that leather, PVC, and rubber are personifications of someone in the BDSM community's inner sexual preferences, a “fursona" can be interpreted as a “unique and subversive response to western sexual repression.” But what does that mean? Are furries the outcome of decades of body shaming compounded with Disney films full of anthropomorphic animals? Or have we always been moving towards a radical new form of sexuality where people view themselves as foxes and polar bears? Or is the sexual aspect something that comes later? Are furries people who identify with an animal, and begin to become sexually attracted to other people with similar preferences and identities after the fact? There's no easy answer to this, but it's a subject worth discussing. 

They Write a Lot of Slash Fiction

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When you think about it, furries aren't all that different from members of other fandoms like Pottermaniacs or Transformbros. They dress up in very specific costumes, talk about the minutiae of topics that only a handful of people care about, and write some of the filthiest erotic fiction you've ever read. What's great about it is that there's no specific style of furotica. If you like medieval-themed bondage with some sort of transgender griffin queen, there's a story for you out there. Or if you'd prefer a Dances With Wolves rip-off, but with bears instead of Native Americans, that also exists

Even Their Non-Sexual Stuff Is Overtly Sexual

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We need to talk about "skritching," the thing that furries do when they want to scratch each other's backs and necks. As harmless as it may seem at first glance, and as it's said in a Vanity Fair article: “two people who hardly know each other do not walk up and scratch each other’s backs. But when you’re one of the furs, it’s one big extended family.” No big deal, right? Wrong. We all went to high school with that one guy who was obsessed with trying to give people neck massages at inappropriate times. Not only is it undeniably sexual, but it's the exact kind of beta male toe-dipping that underscores the creep factor that permeates the furry culture. To quote Vincent Vega, "I've given a million ladies a million foot massages, and they all meant something. We act like they don't, but they do."

Their Very Existence Brings Up Questions About Gender Identity

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I am not really sure myself that as many of them are gay as think they are. It’s just more, you like this person because of who they are rather than for their body. And we find as the number of women increases, the number of people who thought they were gay but decided otherwise increases, too. I know a couple people who thought they were gay until they met a furry girl.

Even though this quote was said in 2001, a full decade before gender and sexual identity would enter the sphere of discussion of the "normal" world, members of the furry community were already questioning what it meant to be straight, gay, bisexual, etc. in a world where people also identify as raccoons and dragons.