We asked furries and non-furries whether they believed that someone has control over whether they are a furry or not, with the options of “yes,” “no” or “I don’t know.” In the figure below, furries were twice as likely as non-furries were to say that furry was not a choice.1 This may highlight a potential point of tension between furries and non-furries who may hold negative attitudes toward furries: to the extent that non-furries believe that a person who chooses to be furry could simply “stop being furry” to avoid social stigma, they may feel even more negatively about that person. Conversely, to the extent that a furry feels that they are unable to change who they are (i.e., what they find interesting), they may feel powerless against stigma or feel compelled to conceal their furry identity.2
Furscience is the dissemination arm of the International Anthropomorphic Research Project (IARP)
“Given that most furries are LGBTQ+, this may preclude many from being religious, especially if the religion is at odds with LGBTQ+ people,” said
@furscience researcher Dr. Courtney Plante, on why 75% of furries are non-religious. https://religionnews.com/2022/08/02/mixing-faith-with-furries-things-can-get-hairy/
My reply with credit for Troj, a member of @furscience. Troj personally made a map of where the urban myth spread.
Our team is working away on a book that includes updated statistics (between the other projects!). It will be a bit before it is released. However, we were recently asked on twitter about the fandom's gender breakdown. Here's data from three online and convention studies (21-22).