570 News Asks: Do Furries Freak you out? Dr Roberts Answers.

Dr. Roberts was interviewed yesterday on the Eric Drozd Show based on Sunday’s article from The Record. When you click the link for the show (above), you’ll see all of the segments are posted along the side bar. You have to click Tuesday December 16 10:00 a.m. Her interview stars about 21:00 minutes in Note, so far, we can’t pull the audio off, so if you want to listen, hurry because they might only keep the stream up for a couple of days! More interviews to...

Just Like You* Launches. A Paper of Record Notices.

Like the CBC Radio-Canada interview (and post-interview article) with Dr. Roberts, this piece from The Waterloo Record really gets what Furscience and especially this campaign is all about. If we’re going to grumble about the unfair, sensationalist, and misinformed coverage, let’s be sure we congratulate and reward fair and accurate coverage, too! This is how we make change: getting the science out there, one story at a time. Read & Share! “The facts on furries: Waterloo researcher promotes...

Furscience at CanFURence. CBC notices.

Dr. Roberts attended the inaugural CanFURence in Ottawa. She held the science of Furries panel (to standing room only!) and brought some healthy positive coverage from a very curious national media (CBC). Here is the article the CBC published the next day and a link to the full interview with Dr. Roberts and a Furry on CBC Radio-Canada’s All in a Day with host Alan Neal.  ...
Furry is not a Fetish

Furry is not a Fetish

The Oklacoma City news site The Lost Ogle recently ran a piece in response to the cancellation of Oklacon. The piece itself is generally sympathetic to furries and appears to take their side against the banning of Oklacon from Oklahoma State Parks. My problem with the piece, however, has to do with a lingering problem with the inaccurate way the media, as a whole, have come to understand the furry fandom – as one part fetish, one part fursuit. On the one hand, we should all be relieved that media coverage of furries has been on an upswing in the past decade, where furries were characterized unsympathetically as freaks; indeed, most furries can almost reflexively rattle off the names of television shows, magazines, and websites that contributed to the stigma furries have feared and felt from the general public whose knowledge of furries is little more than what they’ve heard from these sources. It would seem the media have grown tired of the same old narrative that reads “Look at these freaks in costumes! Aren’t they just so perverted and weird? Can you believe how bizarre their sex lives are?” Instead, modern media pieces about furries read more like this: “It’s unfortunate the way society has treated these harmless sexual deviants. We, for one, are open-minded enough to say ‘go ahead and do whatever crazy sex thing you want!” I think many of you will agree that while the latter story comes off as kinder, it nevertheless comes off as a bit back-handed. And the reason why is pretty apparent when laid out this way: the media, despite wanting to be sympathetic to...