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Date:November 15th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
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"Anthropomorphics fandom is being overrun by sexually dysfunctional, socially stunted and creatively bankrupt hacks and pervs."
This is a statement that is now more than a decade old which I think was in reference to a very different fandom and situation than we see today.

As I look around today, having kicked certain individuals to the curb who were always throwing the bad stuff in my face and doing everything in their power to make me feel bad about being a Furry, what I see is what I always wished Furry to be, a fun fandom for an art form I love filled with beautiful people of various types who enhance and brighten my life.

Previously, I did see the sexual content as something of an embarrassment, and a detriment to the market I work in, but now I see it as just being a product of the times - a reflection of something that's happening in every other fandom on the net. The world is just over hyped on sex these days, and Furry would indeed be strange if it wasn't as well. And, unless you're ready to go out and change the world, there's not a whole heck of a lot you can do about it.

The best thing to do is just go out and enjoy the good things the fandom has to offer. Let those good things be the things you talk about and make visible to the public, rather than going out and drawing everyone's attention to the things you wish would go away.

I have found that, by doing this, the bad things that were preventing me from enjoying the fandom have indeed gone away. I don't see them anymore, because I don't go looking for them. And if something I don't like crosses my path, I just look past it to something I do like.

I don't believe a fandom is any kind of organized entity that you can change with a campaign. It's just fans being fans, and fans in any fandom have a tendency to be silly, and more than a little embarrassing. This just comes with the territory. But if you try to get all serious and start saying fans should do this or fans should think this way . . . well, you're just proving the point that fans are silly, thinking fans would ever be moved as a group by such things.

Anyway, like I said, that statement is over 10 years old. And if the fandom is being over run by anything at this point, it's fans - many of whom seem never to have heard of Burned Fur or seen the CSI episode, which by the way has also put on some age.

So, best advice, stop worrying about the reputation of the fandom. Just enjoy the fandom. Show off the things you enjoy. And just act like you can't see anything you find embarrassing. Don't denounce it, don’t criticize it, don't write mile long essays about it like I used to. By doing stuff like that we become a bigger problem for the fandom than the things we protest against.

In other words, if you really want to improve anthro, fill this site with things to be proud of anthro for, rather than a lot of whining about things you're ashamed of it for. Try it. It's worked wonders for me.
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Date:November 15th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
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I'll have to admit to you, that post was too long to hold my attention so I just skipped to the end.

I realize that's an old quote, I was just expressing my opinions, didn't need a whole lecture.

Edited at 2008-11-15 04:35 am (UTC)
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Date:January 30th, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
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you should go back and read the whole thing - she's right.
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Date:May 1st, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
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Can't help but clap at this message.