Vice Q&A with Furscience: Furry is (still) NOT a Fetish.

As the Just Like You* campaign nears its midpoint, Furscience has made the news once again: Dr Roberts was interviewed by Vice (Canada); they ask the questions, and Dr Roberts gives them the science in this really information-packed piece. It’s certainly worth a read, and is another excellent example of a positive news story about furries that actually gets to what fandom is all about. If anyone wants additional context, be sure to read Dr Plante’s article, “Furry is NOT a Fetish.”...

Dr Roberts Tells CBC: Furries Are Important

As the Just Like You* campaign reaches its second week, the media is paying closer and closer attention, and so far, the coverage has been thorough and positive! Here’s an excellent example of that coverage from an article that was a follow-up from a CBC Radio interview: Read and...

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...
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...