You are a hero Mr Green Husky! Lord Fenrir must get around to knighting or lording you sometime
Furry is, as my quote suggests (for Lord Fenrir is proud of his stance on the matter) merely a hobby, no matter how "into it" you may think you are. I guarantee you I am just as "into it" as some of you new furs. I draw furry art almost exclusively, I use furry vocab in public, I wear my tail in public most of the time when I'm not at work, OK, I'm as furry as it comes before it becomes creepy.
The fact of the matter is that I never, EVER "came out" to anyone as a fur. Granted, my family is pretty open about a lot of stuff, but I never explained it, therefore I never explained the fandom by what it is NOT.
I repeat this, for it is a mistake most new furs make:NEVER EXPLAIN FURRY BY WHAT IT IS NOT!!
The example I use is the "motorcycle enthusiast". Let's say you come up upon a "motorcycle enthusiast" group in all their black leather clad, chained, tattooed, etc etc etc glory and you ask "What is this?" They will respond "We are motorcycle enthusiasts". I bet at least half will say "So you're a motorcycle gang?" Let us assume the response is then "Oh no, we're not a gang! It's actually a little known fact that most of us do not engage in gang violence, and the rape and murder is only a small part of what it's all about."
What is the first image and thought in your head now.
Personally, I am thinking I want to get as far as I can away from this man. Chances are, most of you would too, since the image has already been planted, and it's of murder, rape and violence, even though he said it is only a small part of what they did
Furries "coming out" usually explain it by what it is not. "We don't all have sex in animal costumes; it's only a small part
of what we do." If you weren't a fur, what is the first image you'd think of if someone explained the fandom like that.
Food for thought.