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Female Fursuiter Month (part 8)

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So, the month of March is ending and with it comes the end of “Female Fursuiter Month”. This saddens me a bit because I have had so much fun talking to all the different ladies who came forth to share their pics and their small little writings for this blog. I feel like this has spurred me to be more active in this blog that I have in such a long time, and it’s been such an amazing month and journey for this  blog…so, here’s one final entry until we say goodbye (at least until next March)


#femalefursuitermonth


CAMO VOLUNTEER

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“This is the old version of my suit (he’s being updated rn and getting legs and feet!) but his name is Volunteer the Firefighting Dutch Angel Dragon. And well I love playing as Volunteer and my other sonas and just being part of a fuzzy family. It also gives me a lot of confidence and joy to talk to people (especially talking about my volunteer firefighting profession)”


TRINITY TROTTIER

Trinity Trottier

“This is me and my character, scaramouche! I live my life as a leading and social, extroverted person, I have seen so many young furries and most of them were female, these girls inspired me to be who I am today, with my best pal moochie! He’s mad at me because I didn’t talk about him, he’s an egotistical bird with the attitude of a horse!”


KIARA ESPADA

Kiara Espada

“This suit’s name is Sanchez.
Since I started suiting, I’ve enjoyed cons a lot more and have started to chip away at my shell. I’m an introvert and find it difficult to attend cons, social gatherings, etc. I’ve started to make a few more friends, or at least acquaintances, since I started suiting. I’m a lot happier when I get a chance to suit and make others smile.”


MANA KLEMP

Mana Klemp

“My name is Mana, I’m a 24 year old cosplayer and new fursuiter. (Like super new, just started on Feb 26). My suit is Tweek, the cockatiel themed dutch angel dragon I adopted from Immortal Fursuits, he’s the reason I became a furry XD I fell in love and my one friend was already getting a suit made. Fursuiting has made be decide to strive to learn the art and do more than just cosplay, plus I have gained friends through it.”


HONORABLE MENTIONS:

^^^Funneh Sky (suit/left) – Tess (Center suit/Right)^^^


The honorable mentions were people that never sent in a written part but wished to be featured anyways. But, this brings us to the last entry and the end of Female Fursuiter Month! Thanks so much to the amazing ladies that participated! Thanks to those who answered my post on “Fursuits=<3″,”Furries With Real Fursuits”, and “The Official Dutch Angel Dragon Community” – you are all awesome! Also to those who found me through Amino and participated…a huge thanks goes out to you as well!!! 😀

Now that this is over, more blogs are coming in the future! I have a bunch of TFF blogs planned (if I can stop being lazy and just do it) as well as other things coming up! Also I plan on sharing more videos from my YouTube Channel on here and do more fursuit blogs as well! So, be looking out for those!

Anyways, thank you all for reading and for your continued support! And, as always, I will see you all in the next blog 😉

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TLC “My Strange Addiction” -It’s a lie!

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So, here is something that I have not done in awhile…but, it’s talking about Furries in the media. For those that might not have come to my blog often, I have made a few posts in the past where I would watch something on the news…and really point out how the media lied and really made a bad impression on the world about what this fandom is and what it is truly about.

After one or two times of doing this, I kind of made it my mission that whenever I would see furries in the actual media, I would then write something of a review or critique on that video and show how the media represented the fandom…point out the “flaws” and kinda show why certain areas were incorrect and how furries can later combat questions if people use these media videos as reference to their curiosities.

Anyways, I remembered once seeing a section on “My Strange Addictions” (I actually really like the show) about Furries/Fursuits. Having been taking a break from the fandom and still rather uneducated about it at the time, I really thought nothing of it. In fact, the passage I saw on it had a girl and her boyfriend wearing fursuit heads and chasing each other through the park. Well, I decided to look it up.
I did not find the part about the girl and her boyfriend. But, what I did find was a video clip about the beginning / on the furry called “Kira” and how TLC labelled her fursuiting as a ‘fetish’.

Here is the video:

Now, watching that…it was just a small clip. But, did you notice anything strange? I mean, first I think we must address the most important thing…and that is that “Furry is not a fetish”
Now I can already hear the trolls and people uneducated within the fandom saying: “But, it IS a fetish! Furry porn and murrsuits…blah, blah, blah.”
Yes. Yes, I am quite aware these things exist. But so does Steven Universe porn (ugh) and MLP porn as well. But are those fetishes? No. They are fandoms. They are things people enjoy as a hobby and past-time. But, there is always that 10-15% that turn it into something sexual. That’s just how people work. So even when they roll their eyes and say that “not all furries” is a bad way to start an argument…well, how else should we start it? Tell you to check the fucking numbers and statistics? Maybe talk to an actual furry and fucking educate yourself?
Because seriously…this fandom is only the liking of anthropomorphic animals and the sharing of art. All the sex, fetishes, and other things are sub-sets of the fandom that do not apply to the majority.

So, already TLC has made it easy for people to look down on this fandom as something that is “wrong” that is “twisted and deranged” because they labelled it as a ‘fetish’. This was only to get views of course…but what they fail to care about is that they are putting a dark cloud on a lot of people that are actually pretty normal and do not even delve into the darker side of the fandom. And it opens the floodgates to trolls, to bullies, and to hate…which is not what anyone in this fandom wants.

But, did you notice anything else? Weird behavior? Doing stuff that even regular fursuiters don’t really do?

As a fursuiter myself…I can tell you that there are some things I would never think to do in my fursuit. Like, why is she waving at traffic? The first time I saw the action I thought it was odd. Are furries performers? Yes! Do they like to entertain people? Of course! But we don’t do it by standing around waving at people or trying to distract them! Why act for people that can not stop and enjoy you? Why throw yourself out there when it can not be appreciated? It might seem odd to say and might not make sense to a lot of people…but fursuits are meant to draw people in. To get people to stop, to laugh, smile, take pictures…be silly. They are not meant to be a distraction to those that are busy, they are not meant to just stand around and act like they are trying to get you to eat at a new fast food joint or get your taxes done by a specific company. They are NOT mascots…

So, already this was odd…

And then reading a book?! Are you kidding me???
Even though the holes in her eyes were open…fursuiter vision is very limited. And I can not imagine reading a book in one. It doesn’t make sense! I don’t even think I could turn pages with my paws on…it just looked so…weird, out-of-place.

And I was not the only one that noticed either. Plenty of furries actually commented saying that certain things looked forced or did not make any sense for a fursuiter. They could tell that some behaviors did not really match up with what furries actually did half the time.

Even Aberguine the Furry-YouTuber was able to point out some things they noticed just from this small clip:


But we notice these things because we are actually furries…we know these things because we are an ACTUAL part of the fandom, so, weird behaviors are very easy to spot. But, what about the general public?

Well, as you can imagine, it was a lot of people saying that this ‘fetish’ was disgusting and needed to die…and then there were the typical jokes about drinking bleach as well. Then there were those talking about how being a Furry was the same as bestiality and zoophilia (one of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to this fandom) and people talking about that one furry friend they had that was a freak because they just happened to be a murrsuiter…so that’s the only side of the fandom they had ever known.

The only relief was that most of the comments were pretty laid back, and even non-furries mostly expressed that this was tame in comparison to the other addictions they had seen on the show. But, it does not change the fact that it shed negative light on our fandom…and the worst part?

THE WHOLE THING WAS A FAKE!!!!

The Furry? She was real…she was an actual furry and a fursuiter. But, when casted to do the show, she had no idea it was about addictions and fetishes. She only knew it had to do with strange hobbies…and she thought that by joining in on this show that she could spread a positive look and vibe on the furry fandom. It was noble, for sure…

…and everything was going good at first: until she signed TLC’s contract.

That’s when she became their puppet, their actor…and she said that everything she was trying to do went up in smokes because she had to do what they wanted her to and they controlled every part of the show from the minute she put pen to paper.

She posted about the experience on her Furaffinity Account 3-years ago…and asked people to stop trying to spotlight the fandom to try and make a positive impression…because the media was not going to help you, rather, they were going to twisted everything for shock value so that they could get the ratings and earn the money.

You can read her statement HERE / and below (for those that do not have an FA):

That Dr. Phil thing going around? Avoid it. All media is just whack, but shows like this are out for nothing but drama and exploitation and going off of those “bad” vibes. They want shock and awe, and they’ll turn you into their puppet. Don’t think you can be a hero or come out clean, because you won’t. I promise you, you won’t.

Take a look at the “titles” of talk shows. Do you hate your family members? Are you a binge drinker? Did your boyfriend sleep with your mom? Were you abused? Do you not know who the father of your kid is? Are you 13 and pregnant? They want shock value! They want people to go “Holy shit, this person is insane! I gotta see this!”. They don’t want a seemingly normal kid to come on there and talk about some quirky hobby they have for 30 minutes. They want over-the-top shit that will keep people watching and talking about you for as long as possible.

I hate bringing up the past, especially this part of it, but believe me on this. I was on TLC’s My Strange Addiction back in 2009. I went on for the sole purpose of bringing a positive image onto the fandom. The show seemed so innocent, saying they were just interested in talking about my hobby, the making of fursuits and the fun, cute things. Once I was under contract, they told me it was about harmful addictions, but I couldn’t do anything. I was contracted. I became an actor. Well, more of a puppet, I should say. They told me what to say, what to do, made me do things I openly resisted against (running around in a muddy forest in white fur, jumping over sticks and rocks and risking my safety? Waving at cars in the middle of a busy intersection? Running around in a busy strip mall disturbing people’s daily outings for laughs that were never had? Going to a state park where there were huge crowds of people and walking flight upon flight of stairs in suit just for footage of peoples reactions?), but they had me on a ball and chain and I was toted around like a prop. Nothing good can come of it. They tell you “Oh, it’ll be fun and cute! We’re not gonna talk about anything bad or weird, don’t worry.” But once they have you, they’ll take it and run, and they will lie and lie until you start to believe it and go with it. You’ll come in thinking it’ll be all fine and dandy and “I’ll show them! I’ll be the turning point, I’ll make furries look awesome!” but they are powerful, and you’ll have no say in what happens once the tapes go into editing. They’ll make a fool out of you, just like anyone who gets excited about these things and tries out for shits and giggles, or even for the most innocent, positive intentions. They turned my life story into a mockery, and into an excuse for my “problem” that I never had.

Just don’t do it, for the sake of yourself and the community and everything. I fucked up for all of us once when i was young and naive and it sucked. Badly. I don’t want to see anyone else going through it.

Being told to lie…to make a fool of yourself. Made to do things harmful to your health, your safety in general, and doing things harmful to your suit? She was under contract…and could do nothing else…and worse, they made her family lie as well.

Sure, she got compensation in the form of money…but even she said it was a mistake because she knew it was going to reflect negatively on the fandom that she obviously adored.

Every time I hear or see of someone ‘talking to the news’ about furries…hoping to set a positive image for the fandom, it always goes wrong. One person who commented on Laura’s blog post said that National Geographic (or someone like that) came to a fur meet to talk about the fandom, but promptly left when they realized that furries in real life are actually pretty boring…and they are actually pretty normal.

I have only seen ONE positive outlook on Furries in the media just ONE (you can find it HERE) // this was the first and only time that furries were shown for what they really are…and they even showcased a very famous fursuit maker. The person doing the interviews even got into a suit! And she had a blast!!! But this show? It’s just like all the rest…

News teams often find the weirdest person in a group of furries and they use this person to market the whole fandom to the world. Even the chlorine attack at a convention was laughed at because they chose to talk to the guy that was constantly “in character” and he basically made us all look like we were crazy and living in some lala-land. And when that isn’t happening…they choose a furry that also identifies as Therian or Otherkin…and they express how they don’t feel “completely human”…another misrepresentation and misconception of the fandom since we don’t all think we are animals.

It’s sad…and sure the episode is old…but, it’s a problem still happening today. Recently the Alamo City Furry Invasion was contacted by a news-team doing a show on weird hobbies and the leader of the convention accepted the invitation. I’m still waiting to see how all that goes since, according to the leader of the convention, the news promised not to make furries look bad.

So you might just be seeing a blog on that in the future to see if they got their facts straight.


Anyways, sorry for the negativity…it just always gets me so fired up to see these things in the media. Either way, I thank you all so much for watching!
More “Female Fursuiter Month” posts are coming! So be on the lookout for those!

As always, thank you all for your continued support and as always, I will see you all in the next blog! 😉

 

Female Fursuiter Month (part 7)

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Here we are, back again with another installment for “Female Fursuiter Month”! How is everyone feeling? Has Daylight Savings Time kicked your butt yet? I know it’s kicking mine! But, this series has gotten so many good reviews, positive vibes, and people that really enjoy it!
And I love getting to talk to so many interesting people and seeing all the different suits out there. It has been really awesome! I have gotten to talk to fursuiters from all around the world, veterans of the community, and newbies as well. I have talked to people that hired makers to build their Fursona, and a LOT of people that took on the job of making a fursuit themselves. It’s been great! So, before I babble on any more…lets get down to the next part of this feature…


  • How this works:

—I asked on facebook and Amino for female fursuiters and for those that were interested, they sent me a pic of themselves next to pictures of their fursuits, and then wrote a small passage about themselves, their suit, and how fursuiting has changed or influenced them in any way. If you are also interested in being featured for the month of March, all you have to do is drop a comment down below with a link to either your facebook, FA, or Twitter…that way I might contact you for details.


#femalefursuitermonth


LILI DOUGHTY:

Lili Doughty

“Hey my name is Lili and my suit is Skittish SugarBlush the skunk. I live in Australia and I’m 20yrs old. I recently graduated from university achieving a bachelor of creative writing. Fursuiting changed my life and my whole perspective on it, I have crippling depression and stress disorders and one of the major passions in my life was cosplay. I met my first fur at a supernova 2 years ago, and I knew that this is where I belonged. I created my own fursona and made my own suit. And I can’t imagine life without my baby Skittish in my life. She gives me the wings I need to step out of my room and enjoy life. Even on my bad days I spend it drawing her or dreaming of new things to do with her (eg. Videos ect). She is one of my main reasons to live and I owe her so much for helping me find confidence to make friends and even just get outside my room often. I’m now trying to make and sell suits for other people because my desire to create hasn’t stopped with just one. I hope the suits I make in future will help other people battling social and mental challenges find some relief through suiting <3”


KATIE GAY:

Katie Gay

“Awesome! Well I’m Katie, and my suit Sky was made by myself (muffinpolice on deviantart). Making fursuits has been a way to express myself artistically, and wearing them and performing has been a way to make people happy and just be myself. I love the creativity in the fandom and how kind people are. I can’t wait for many more years making suits and meeting new people!”


NYREE MOORE:

Nyree Moore

“Hello I’m Nyree, I’m 16 years old and a very devoted furry. My fursuit is my fursona Lilac. Fursuiting have influenced me because I love the culture and the impact it has on people. I love how I can bring smile to people’s faces when I wear my suit. Mostly I love how confident I feel inside Lilac, the fact that I can immerse myself into a character I MADE is what I love the most. Bringing my characters to life.”


RACHEL NOBES:

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“I’m Rachel, my fursuit here is of my fursona Hazel and she is made by me. I’m 36, I have arthritis and as I’m off long term due to surgery, I’m using my time to help the StrongBones charity and Post Pals, both are charities for disabled/unwell children.”


Newbie or veteran…younger or older, this fandom has something for everyone! And the creativity! I don’t think we see enough Bugge (Bug) characters in the fandom! Nor do we see enough skunks! I think all the colors, the designs, the different species we get to see in this fandom – just seeing how people choose to put themselves out there and represent themselves is truly something amazing!

And, it always warms my heart when I get to see a fursuit being used for awareness or being used for some sort of charity. Yes, they may be luxury items…BUT, they can still be used to do something good in the world. Whether that’s producing laughs or smiles, whether that is being a role-model to someone, or whether it’s raising money for charity…we can all do a little something to make this world a little bit better!

Thank you all so much for reading! I love all the support I have been getting recently, and it makes me so happy that someone is out there enjoying my blog! All these women are amazing, and they adorable fursuits! So many thanks to them for helping me out with this project! Remember to drop me a comment down below if you are looking to get featured here!

…and as always, I will see you all in the next blog 😉

Female Fursuiter Month (part 6)

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Wowee!
A whole six parts and we are still going! We have even more female fursuiters to show off since the month of March has been dubbed: “Female Fursuiter Month”! It has been so cool seeing all the amazing suits that people own. Ad it has been even cooler to hear the stories behind them, to see what women use in their writing to really define them. It’s awesome to know what people say about themselves because it shows the things they find important and this life…and it’s all just very fascinating!

So I am very happy and lucky that I get to showcase these amazing ladies and their suits for you all! 😀


  • How it works:

—Are you interested in being featured for Female Fursuiter Month? All I need from you is a pic of yourself next to a pic of your fursuit. Then, if you want to, a small written passage about yourself and your suit, and/or how fursuiting has changed or influenced you! If you are interested in doing this then please drop a comment down below linking to a facebook, FA, or Twitter where I might be able to reach you for details.


#femalefursuitermonth


STEFANY BELISLE:

Stefany Belisle

“Here is me and my d.a.d Spade. I absolutely love the creativity and origiality that comes from becoming a maker. I love how diverse the community is and before getting i to fursuiting I struggled with what it was I wanted to do with my life. The feed back and joy I see others have with suits and characters, whether I’m in suit or watching others, it’s one of the best feelings ever.”


BRIANNA PHERIGO:

Brianna Pherigo

“The fandom itself has done alot for me. It’s allowed me to explore my creative side and I’ve started attempting to build suit parts. I’ve always wanted to create things. I’ve always loved Halloween and the costumes, that evolved into cosplaying and anime conventions and then before I knew it I became a fursuiter.”


SAMMY PANTHER:

Sammy Panther

Girl power
Girls rule
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ELI HALEWOOD:

Eli Halewood

“This is the only picture I have with my fursuit, he’s a lot older in that pic as I still hadn’t finished him when I took it. He’s my first ever fursuit I have made, he’s my main fursona Jupiter. He’s a dragon. I love him to death, I have had him for just over a year now.”


So there it is, another part down, and we still have more to go!

The great thing about this Community is the creativity…but also the ability to grow and to really appreciate the small achievements and the small steps towards a greater goal. In this community, I see a lot more people appreciating just the little things…like some gift art, or maybe a new ref sheet, or a badge, or even that frst fursuit that might not be Mischief-Maker level, but, they love it none-the-less. Also that magic when a character is finally able to come alive…it truly is amazing!

Thanks so much for reading and thanks to all the amazing ladies that posted their entries for submission! It has been such great fun and an honor featuring you! Stay tuned for more of these in the future!

…and as always, I will see you all in the next blog 😉

Female Fursuiter Month (part 5)

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Hello again furries and fuzzbutts! Welcome back to another part of Female Fursuiter Month! This by far has been one of my favorite blogs to work on because the responses to it have been amazing! So many wonderful ladies stepped up and were so excited to show themselves and their suits and be featured here…and some of them I got to actually stay and talk to online and learn so much more about them, and it really does put into perspective the range of people you will meet in this fandom!

This community has done so much good for so many people, and fursuiting has changed so many lives. So, doing this blog and getting to share those stories…it has all been amazing. So I am really glad that I get to do another part for you guys 😀


  • How it works:

—So, for those interested in being featured here for Female Fursuiter Month, all I ask is that you first send me a pic of yourself next to a pic of your fursuit. Then, in your own words, you can either say a little about yourself in your suit, or you can tell me how fursuiting has changed you or influenced you in any way (or both)! So, if this is something you want to do, just drop a comment down below with a link to your facebook, FA, or Twitter so that I might contact you for the details!


#femalefursuitermonth


KAT WATSON:

Kat Watson

“Heres a selfie with my own suit. Cocoa the doggo
I got into suiting as i can be more open with confidence and be myself. Outta suit i feel insecure like im an outcast but when i go to my local meet and suit up i feel like ive found my missing family.”


ALISYN O’LEARY:

Alisyn OLeary

“Myself on a normal basis, I love cosplay, and dressing up, but most days I’m at work at our local fabric store, or sewing at home. If I’m with friends, it’s out for hikes or watching horror movies In suit, I’m just as confident, but much more outgoing, my hippogryph Orion really shows who I am. Mystical and brave. And I’ve always known, if I where any animal… I’d need to be something with wings. In suit, I also have armour, as I know I’m a warrior and will always fight for what is right. (In suit or not) I’m usually more sassy in suit which makes a lot of people laugh. It’s my main goal in life honestly, to make others happy and smile. If that’s all I get done at the end of a day…. my day was well spent!”


AMY LANGDON:

Amy Langdon

“My name is Amy, I am French and Tate is my fursona.
It reflects my personality, he likes to be a clown and have fun with people.

Mon nom est amy, je suis française et Tate est mon fursona
Il reflète ma personnalité, il aime faire le clown et amuser les gens”


TAYLOR WEBB:

Taylor Webb

“I’m not good with talking about myself but I’m a very sweet person and I try to help everyone and anyone as best as I can just too make them smile and I stand up for what’s right and if someone’s harassing my friend or loved one I will defend them. I’m a kindhearted person and would give the clothes off my back to help someone About my husky Shea she’s basically the same as me she loves too make people smile and spread love wherever she goes it does make her sad when she’s confused for a cat but she doesn’t mind as long as it isn’t hateful she loves to dance and be cute.”


Furries are located all over the world…and one of the amazing things about the Community is knowing that no matter what, you are never truly alone. We have seen 2 people from France already, some people from the UK, and then people scattered all across the USA.

Another thing I have noticed is that a lot of people, once they are in a suit, all their shyness, their anxiety..it all seems to go away and these people can be more free, and can be more of the person they feel they should be. That is always a great thing too. It’s amazing to hear all these stories of why people love to fursuit and the lives they have touched by doing so. Also, in hearing the changes they brought on for themselves…it can be very inspiring – and all these ladies are lovely and so great!

So thank you all for tuning in and reading! More parts of this to come! I will be doing this for as long as submissions allow, and the submissions will remain open until the end of March! Thanks to all the wonderful ladies that sent in their entries to participate! You are all awesome!

And as always, I will see you all in the next blog 😉

Female Fursuiter Month (part 4)

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So, here we are still in March, and we still have more women to feature! And the submissions just keep piling in!
For those that might be tuning in just now: I have been asking for women to submit their suits (and themselves) to be featured in this blog for Female Fursuiter Month! And I feature anywhere from 3-4 entries per post! Hopefully this will give me a good chunk of content this month to show off all these amazing ladies and all these lovely fursuits!!!


  • How it Works:

—If you would like to be featured in this blog for Female Fursuiter Month, all I ask is that you submit a pic of yourself next to a pic of your fursuit. Then, in your own words, either give me a small written piece on yourself and your suit and/or tell me how fursuiting has influenced or changed you in any way! If you’re interested in being part of this project, please drop me a comment down below with a link to your facebook, FA, or Twitter so that I might reach out to you for the details!


#femalefursuitermonth


HOLLY WILLIAMS:

Holly Williams

“Hi. My name is Holly Williams, and my suit is Myrl Frostfang, although I have a few different characters. I work as a cook and moonlight as a writer, hoping to get my first book out by the end of year. Suiting helps me get to be me. I have anxiety and normally don’t do well in large groups but if I’m in my suit I feel more relaxed and more confident. I absolutely love to interact with different people and kids especially love when I go to the medieval fair.”


TAYLOR YODER:

Taylor Yoder

“I am Taylor, a Southerner from Alabama, I’m 18 yrs, 4 year experienced costume designer and fursuit maker, and I live in Northern Indiana. I’ve been a furry for about 3 years now, I have 2 fursuits, Bytes my Dutch Angel Dragon is my second suit, and made him myself.”


EMILY CHALKER:

Emily Chalker

“I made a Gidget just as a fun costume to wear at first, then the first time outside of a con I suited for a trick or treat for little kids. While there this one little kid loved me so much that it mad me so happy for the rest of the week. Now I try and suit as often as I can just to make kids happy, because that makes me happy.”


CARLIEGH PAIGE CARSON:

Carleigh Paige Carson

“Well here’s me in one of my favorite heads I’ve done (Lucy)! I just recently got into the fandom about 2 years ago but before I found it I was in love with animal masks. I’ve been making heads for 3+ years now & they have helped me greatly with opening up and giving me the guts to show who I truly am ❤ The fandom is my favorite thing to follow and I truly appreciate all the suits people have made ❤ It’s such a awesome art & I’m so glad I’m not the only one out there that likes dressing up; Especially as cute & awesome animals ^-^

Also the people in this fandom are super nice and it’s probably the best thing about it! <3″


So there’s another batch of such awesome ladies shedding a bright light on the furry fandom! Sending good vibes to Holly in that she gets her book published! I’m on that long road myself and so I def know that pain! Also sending good vibes to all those aspiring fursuit makers features because they are a billion times more talented then I will ever be for sure XD

Still, thank you all so much for reading and checking out this post! More to come as we continue to celebrate Female Fursuiter Month, so please stayed tuned! Thanks to everyone that has participated thus far, and, as always, I will see you all in the next blog 😉

Female Fursuiter Month (part 3)

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Wowza!!!
Welcome back to another installment for “Female Fursuiter Month”! I am still blown away by how many people wanted to enter into this, and I already know that more requests are piling in. Through this, I have seen a lot of amazing suits…and it’s been so fun getting to chat with people about fursuiting! I mean, I get to do it with my Fursuit Friday features, but, never to this extent really!!!

And I think seeing all these suits are getting me even more hyped for TFF as I really hope that I get to bump into and actually meet some of the people that have submitted for this 😀


  • How it Works:

—The whole month of March is dedicated to female fursuiters. So, all I ask is for a picture of yourself next to a picture of your fursuit. Then, I ask that you tell me a little about yourself and your suit, and that you tell me how fursuiting might have changed you or influenced you in any way. If you are interested in doing this project and being featured in my blog, then leave a comment down below with a link to your FA, facebook, or Twitter so that I can get those details!


#femalesursuitermonth


Kelly Ludovice

Kelly Ludovice

“Hey my name is Kelly Ludovice. I have been furry for about 6 plus years now I live in Houston, Texas. I am 20 years old. Fursiting has made more outgoing because I have special needs. I have been bullied for most of my life because of it. Fursuiting makes me have a more playful side I never had before and makes forget for moment that I do have disabilities and that I am just like everyone else.”


Alexa Beers

Alexa Beers

“Hello I’m Alexa!
My fursuits name is Blue Keaton.
There really isn’t much to me just a girl out there who wants to make life as it is.
I discovered that people make and wear fursuits in 2011 and actually I’m pretty impressed how far and how well fursuits are being made today! I have become, really, a better person ever since I found the fandom. I found my passion. 🙂 Sewing
Eyo come check out my dev art page magic boi- http://ggirtc.deviantart.com


Bryanna Miller

Bryanna Miller

“Hey! My names Bryanna, I’m only 16 and this fandom has impacted my life in such a positive way since 2010! It has made me way more outgoing and happier. I have suffered harassment and many mental health disorders such as major depression, ptsd, anxiety, and ect and a form of personality disorder that’s not super affective but occurs in bad situations, the point is these problems and more have really messed me up , but this fandom keeps me grounded and happy, And I know my suit I made isn’t perfect, but nor am I, everything about it speaks me, I am so thankful to be part of this amazing fandom with many amazing suitors along with it , You all are an inspiration to me and I hope to make many new friends here. Today’s the day we woman get to speak and be noticed, And I’m proud to be among many ladies in the fursuit world :)”


Christina Raymond

Christina Raymond

“A little about me:
I’m 26, got introduced to cosplay in 2008 and have spread my creative wings since. My first cosplay was a suit of shadow Lugia. This suit gave me great respect for others wearing them because of the time it takes to Make and put on. It also made me feel free emotionally to see all the smiles on adults and kids to :)”


So there you have it, there’s another part down!

But, we still have more to go! So many awesome women, so many amazing suits! I was and continue to be blown away by these gorgeous submissions and all the hard work and love that goes into these fursuits and just fursuiting in general. The way it has affected people…the way it has made lives better. This is partly what this community and fandom is all about! The spread of joy, love, and fun! Getting to be creative and getting to feel so free and just be yourself! Possibilities are limitless here!!!

Anyways, thank you all for tuning in! More blogs to come! I will see you all in the next one! 😉

Female Fursuiter Month (part 2)

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Hi hi furries and fuzzbutts!
Welcome to another part of the “Female Fursuiter Month” series! When I posted asking for female fursuiters, I did not expect to get the response that I did. Now here I am looking at  a 2nd and possibly even a 3rd part now, and I am overjoyed! There are so many awesome suits out there and it has been so fun getting to talk to these amazing women in the furry fandom! I think this has been one of my best blog ideas in a good while ^^;


  • How it works:

—So throughout the entirety of March, I will be taking submissions for people to be featured for “Female Fursuiter Month” / all that is required is a pic of yourself next to pic of your fursuit, and then you tell me a little about yourself along with why or how fursuiting has changed and possibly influenced your life! If you want to participate, feel free to drop a comment down below with a link to either your facebook, FA, or Twitter where I might reach you so that you can send me the details 😀


#femalefursuitermonth


Zelera A R Montieth

Zelz

“Hi, my name is ZeleraARMontieth, Zelz for short. I am a full time college student hoping to create a business making fursuit and Cosplay/props. My two suits are Akuma the demon monster kitsune, and Tato the monster unicorn! Both of these suits are near and dear to my heart and mean alot to me personally. Both represent a different part of my personality and are very special. Fursuiting has changed my life because I am very shy and unsocial, and with my sonas I am able to actually meet new people with and I have become more outgoing. This has also given me the opportunity to make a career doing what I love.“


Amanda Marie Smith

Amanda Marie Smith

“I’m a 26 year old Florida Fursuiter! My main fursona is Senshine the Fairydog (On the bottom with my family <3) which I created way back in 2004! I’ve always been interested in fursuiting, but it wasn’t until 2015 that I got my first fursuit, Phan the Opossum! Sense then I’ve gone crazy for it, and invest a lot of time and money into maintaining and acquiring my fursuits! These are three of them, and a fourth is on it’s way!
I go suiting for local charity events, and occasionally can be spotted marching around a nearby flea market for fun! Over the years I’ve grown more tolerant and understanding and aim to be even more so thanks to friends I’ve gained through my suiting. During the week I work a simple 9-6 dayjob as a desk jockey to support my three dogs, two cats, and my partner’s education. <3″


Jade Harleybutt

Jade Harleybutt and Lemon

“I’m 19 years old and live in the north East of England. Lemon was my first fursuit and my only one. I have no job and currently get benifits due to bad health. I have a disease known as crohn’s disease and I am in hospital quite a bit, fursuiting helps me break free of all that as it’s something I enjoy and takes my mind off things. I enjoy watching stuff on youtube, reading webcomics like Homestuck and BitterSweet Candy Bowl, Watching cartoons and Anime and also drawing in my free time, which I have a lot of.”


Amandine Lebiot

Amandine Lebiot

“Hi.
I have a revelation for you, Liverpool is a girl!
I am 24 years old. I live in France.
I created my 2 fursuits myself and am currently making the third.
Liverpool is a dragon/sergal mixed with deadpool (i love this character)
When i have my suit on me i am free, happy nobody knows who i am, i can laugh, play, run, and jump.
I am feeling like i am myself.
I like to be my OC – play with children, laugh with the parent(s)
I can be the happy side of me.”


So how awesome was that? Getting to see all these awesome and amazing ladies???

I will admit, I had a fan-girling moment when I saw that the owner of Liverpool had commented on my post. I had seen the suit on YouTube and always thought it was amazing, but yeah, getting to know a little bit more about the person and such really made my day! Also, that Opossum suit is just too cute! Such a unique suit as you don’t see many people using that as their fursona.

But isn’t that what is so amazing about this fandom? It’s all about creativity!! I see all these creative characters with people that love them! Some bought their suits, others made them themselves with time, blood, sweat, tears, pride, and joy…and these characters, no matter where they came from, are all important and make the fandom that much brighter!

So happy “female fursuiter month” to everyone! Thanks so much for these lovely ladies that participated and helped me out with my blog!

More parts to this coming soon! So thank you all so much for reading, and, I will see you all in the next blog 😉

Female Fursuiter Month (part 1)

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Hi hi everyone!
And Happy International Women’s Day!!! So, I saw something on Twitter a day or two ago, and it was a hashtag for Female Fursuiter Month. I guess it had something to do with women’s day being in March (who knows), but, I thought it was really cool, and thus, I decided to do it.

But, that’s when it dawned on me that maybe I should make this bigger. That maybe I should do something in the blog. I could have just posted about myself…but nah. I decided that I should reach out to many different female fursuiters and get them on this bandwagon as well! Who knows? Maybe they don’t have a Twitter, or maybe they don’t do hashtags and such.
So, I made a post this morning about it, and already I got enough for 2 different blogs!!!


  • How it works:

—In case you’re wondering how it works, all I ask for is a picture of you alongside your fursuits. Then I ask that you either tell me a little about yourself and your suit and/or explain to me how fursuiting has influenced you or changed you in any way. It’s as simple as that! I will be taking submissions all throughout March! So, if you wanna participate, leave a comment down below with a link to your facebook or FA where I might reach you (twitter too if you want).


#femalefursuitermonth


SEV:

Argonian suit Sevryne

“Hey there! I’m Sev and I really enjoy Rocky Horror and fire spinning. I usually go out in suit to burns, renn faires and festivals, (and the occasional con and meets). This is my Argonian suit Sevryne, and true to Skyrim lore she’s a fiesty asshole. Suiting really helps my anxiety in crowds and large places. This particular character is also part of my Burn persona so it helps my social anxiety and prevents overstimulation. She’s a party lizard! 😉 “


MALLI:

Malli Macaw

“Out of suit people usually call me Manic Malli but in suit it’s Malli Macaw. Either way most people just say Malli. Whatever people call me I try to be colorful in suit and out!”


MIA:

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“I never saw myself fursuiting until I created Rune. He was one of those designs that I thought could bring life and happiness to other people. I feel very silly and free while wearing Rune, and because of the suit I have been able to do things I never thought possible…like having a decent YouTube channel and just getting to know some really amazing people! Rune is so innocent and charming, and he is def the softer side of me. But, we are both derps which is why we probably resemble each other so much!”


ASHLEY WEIHE:

Ashley Weihe

“Here is me and my sona; Karaoke Kitten!
She is my very first suit I have ever made! I am a 32 year old mother from Bellingham Washington, with an 11 year old daughter (who is also a young furry in the making) and a mate of 12 years who is the love of my life. I also have 4 kitty furbabies.
My hobbies include, crafting, drawing, writing poetry, songs and short stories. I am currently a stay-at-home mom as my mate works full time. But I aspire to make fursuits as my full-time job.
Fursuiting has helped me deal with my depression, anxiety and anger. Also, its exceptionally entertaining!! I’ve met some great friends through the community. They have all helped me be a better person (and a better mom as it’s something we can enjoy together) for being so accepting and supportive! And for that, I will always be grateful.” :3


Thank you to all the awesome ladies out there that submitted for this thus far! I have thus been swamped with requests to be featured, and I’m hoping that I can get more posts up in the future! Each time I get 3-4 posts I am hoping to share it here on the blog for female Fursuiter month. This might take place of the fursuit friday feature for now, if I can get a steady stream of these going!

But yes, thanks to all who helped me out. Actresses, Artists, Fursuit Makers, Fire Spinners- everyone is so talented (and then there is me blargh). All of these gals are super awesome, and these suits are just amazing! Submissions are being taken on facebook and Furry Amino in case you find it or want to get involved.

But that’s all we have for part one, and, I will see you all in the next part 😉

Sharing a Furry Fandom Comic + thoughts

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Art by Keovi

Hi, hi everyone!
It has been awhile since I wrote an ACTUAL blog outside of my interviews and such. But there have been some things that have been on my mind lately that I really feel I should put my two cents is…

…and that is the Furry Fandom and how it’s so divided because of how people view furries and the idea that being a furry is sexual. So, I thought I would just take a moment to talk about that, and then show off a comic I just found today.

So, let’s get right into it:

DISCLAIMER: The following thoughts and comic below contain NSFW (not safe for work) content and it is advised that you are 18+ to view.  Also, these thoughts merely reflect my own personal opinion. I am not forcing my views on others, only ask that they be more open-minded and more educated on certain matters.

  • Is the furry fandom all about sex?

—Of course it’s not. The fandom (as stated on any website and as told by any personal knowledgeable of the fandom) is all about the liking of anthropomorphic animals. Animals with human-like qualities. That is the ONLY thing that defines a furry. BUT, before you go saying: “See? I knew sex had nothing to do with the fandom!” you have to acknowledge that while it is not applicable for everyone…sometimes being a furry can be a fetish for someone. Same as we do indeed have zoophiles in the fandom (even though we do not condone this behavior and most places will ban or delete any bestiality posts they find). These people exist, but they do not define the fandom as a whole. And for those that consider ‘furry’ as alternative-sex…they should not be shamed or even shunned for it because guess what? Sex is normal.

 

  • Sex is normal:

—And sex exists in ALL fandoms. Even the most innocent thing eventually ends up getting porn drawn of it and someone that actually finds it attractive and a turn-on. We do have kids in the fandom, yes. But, it’s not our responsibility as a fandom to be their parents. So while I agree that social sites with rules on porn (like facebook) should be censored, sites like Furaffinity with its labeling system should not be the target of people complaining that NSFW is disgusting and not what the fandom is about…just because there are children. The warning labels are there, and, if their parents can’t keep track of them then it’s not our fault they ended up seeing a penis.
Also, the more you ‘shame’ sex…the more you draw attention to the fandom. You validate it when people say the fandom is full of freaks because you are making a natural act suddenly “unnatural”. You are wagging the finger at normal people doing normal things with loved ones and partners. you are shaming a typical act carried out by consenting adults…and fueling the fires of hatred, disgust, and fear just because it’s something that you yourself are not into.

  • But some of those kinks tho…

—I will agree that some of the fetish art in the fandom goes beyond me. But, I can’t really shame them because I understand that I have kinks of my own that some people would easily look down on and criticize if they had the chance. Lets be clear, bestiality and anything relating to pedophilia will NEVER be okay. These things are illegal (in most places) for a damn good reason…and luckily, most furry sites have taken stances against said-things. However, your typical fetishes like latex, inflation, BDSM, plushies, and feet…all of these things existed outside of the fandom first, and naturally, with sexually-active people being furries, and sex being normal, those fetishes were bound to leak into the fandom at some point. Also, some of us actually found the furry fandom through fetishes. Can it get overwhelming at times? Yes. In fact, on FA it feels like the people addicted to vore all post at the same time every day. However, there is a little thing called a “filter”, and they exist for a fucking reason…

 

  • Filters exist for a reason:

—Time for people to stop whining all the time. If you don’t like something, slap a filter on it. On facebook, you can easily hide posts you don’t like. You can even hide users, you can block them, and you can unfollow so that their material does not show up on your feeds. On FA they have the SFW-filter which allows you to get rid of all the adult and mature content on your feed so that you’re not seeing all the sex and fetish stuff. And it actually works!!! So, instead of posting on every, single, adult-post saying how: “This isn’t what the fandom is about” or saying: “Ugh. This fandom should not have sex in it.” and etc etc etc like an A+ douche-canoe…please be the bigger person, show an ounce of maturity and just hide the post, block the person, or move right along like any normal, sensible person would do.


So, in conclusion to that small little rant…the furry fandom is not all about sex. In fact, “furries” by themselves are nothing sexual…but sex does exist as an extra to some furries, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of! The media doesn’t help either…goodness knows I have seen plenty of interviews that paint furries as mental-messes and sexual deviants and it makes me wanna scream because I understand that this is MASSIVE misrepresentation!!
Still, to say that sex has no place in the fandom and that you’re against sex…well, unless you can be an adult and just move right along from it like I mentioned above, you really don’t have a place in this fandom because an attitude like that is toxic. All it does is give power to those who hate furries, and it alienates our fandom even further as something strange and unnatural. Furries are meant to be tolerant…the fandom is meant to be a safe space, a tolerant space for those who are different and want to show the world who they really are in a way that feels comfortable and secure.

But anyways…ON TO THE COMIC!!!!


The comic

Check it out via the link HERE

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This comic was originally published on Oh Joy, Sex Toy by Keovi and Kyell Gold.

  • Why is this comic important?

To be honest, this comic is important because it reflects on a lot more furries than you would think. I can already list over 50 furries whom I know that relate to this story, to how they found this fandom, and etc. From the break-ups, to their first relationship being furry and online…to the sexual mishaps, even from the changing of a character to better reflect themselves. And the thing is…I am one of them.

I joined the furry fandom in 2007 and even then, I was a “closet-fur”. I never told anyone I was a furry. Even the person that introduced me to the fandom knew better than to call me a furry in front of my friends. I grew up in a place where being furry was weird and it was misunderstood. Hell, I did not even fully understand the fandom until 2014. That’s 7-years I thought being a furry was a fetish and then suddenly realized it wasn’t all about sex and fetishes…so I can understand why people get mad and think that it is but shouldn’t be and etc. But case-and-point those people that think that way are just ill-informed same as I was ill-informed.

But, I did start my adventure under a guise. I played Furcadia…I role-played. I had several “sexual” encounters online…I even have a character who is only known for that because that’s how I played her. That character, what I was doing…it seems silly now, almost embarrassing at times – but, I was discovering myself. I was young and I was experimenting. But, I was doing it in a way that was still safe, that was still private…in a way I would not get hurt and I realize now, it was with people I knew I could trust.

This comic is important because it shows that sex is normal…that the act of it is part of growing up. That being in the fandom can be the time when we grow up as well, that the fandom might be the place where we do our growing, and it can teach us life lessons in multiple forms. It shows that the fandom has been an “opportunity” of sorts for people…whether it is an opportunity to fly our true flag and colors, whether that be our opportunity to experience love, or, yes, whether that be our opportunity to experience sex and fetishes…the fandom holds many different things for many different people, and we all have our own things we have gained from this fandom, this family, this place. We have experienced friendship, love, loss, heartbreak…pain and anger, happiness, and we have all had our own strokes of luck.

So while some people will grumble and say: “I thought this was going to show me how to talk about furries…and for something saying it’s not about sex, it shows a lot of sex.” I really think you’re missing the point of it. It’s showing that for some people, this fandom is life. It takes us down a road of experiences…and while those experiences vary from person-to-person…even if the fandom has sexual stuff in it, there’s MORE to it than that, and that above all, we as a fandom should be able to embrace these things. Because it’s normal…we are normal.

Anyways, that was just my two-cents on it.

Thank you all so much for watching!!! Furry Friday Feature is tomorrow, and I really hope you like it! As always, feel free to drop your thoughts and ideas in the comment-section below, and, I will see you all in the next blog 😉

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