4.1 Feeling Human

One common misconception about furries is that they believe they are non-human animals. This definition more precisely describes therians[tagcite tags=section7] than it does furries, who, while regularly representing themselves through the use of anthropomorphic animal avatars known as fursonas[tagcite tags=section3] are not necessarily defined by their beliefs about, or identification with, non-human animals.

In nearly every survey of furries that the IARP has conducted, we ask two “yes” or “no” questions. First, we ask furries “Do you consider yourself to be less than 100% human?” Responses consistently show that the majority of furries do not: depending on the sample, responses range from 25-44% agreement with the item.[tagcite tags=w11-s11-w12-ac12] To compare, in a sample of the general American population, about 7% of people agree with this question.[tagcite tags=AC12]

The second question asks “Would you be 0% human if you could?” While more likely to say yes to this question than to the first question, most furries still say no, with only 38-53% saying yes.[tagcite tags=w11-s11-w12-ac12] For comparison, 10% of the general population agree with this sentiment.

Taken together, the data suggest that most furries do not consider themselves to be non-human animals. Many of those who do are likely therian in addition to being furry, and it is the “therian” label, not the furry one, that best describes this phenomenon.

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