We asked furries to rate their fursona species, as well as several other species, on a number of traits, expecting to find that different species scored higher on different traits1 However, something else happened, rather unexpectedly: regardless of the participant’s actual species (dragon, fox, wolf, etc.), they were more likely to see their particular species as more masculine and feminine than the other species, more sociable, more fun, and admirable than others. They were also more likely to see their species as less aggressive than others, even if it was a member of a species commonly assumed to be aggressive (e.g., a lion or a dragon). In short: furries are biased to see “their” species as better than others do, regardless of what the stereotypes of that species are. It may be the case that by identifying with a species held in a positive light may serve a useful self-esteem bolstering function for furries (a topic addressed in greater detail in section 3.12).
Dr Sharon Roberts, Dr Courtney Plante, Dr Kathleen Gerbasi, & Dr. Stephen Reysen (four co-founders of the International Anthropomorphic Research Project - IARP)
The co-founders of Furscience are deep in planning mode… lots of new research and publications in the pipeline!
It's really awesome to know that we furries have some support outside of just ourselves to get a better understanding of our community. Shout out to @furscience and the great work they do for our community both internally and with the public. https://twitter.com/furscience/status/1454525649817948168
@FusEldar @NotGyro @TwettirD @BlueFolf @HIGHY3NA We estimate 500k and 1.5 million furries worldwide. We have neat data comparing the brony and furry fandoms. Brony samples aged every year, but furry samples didn’t. It could indicate younger furries are coming into the fandom yearly/sampling. Conventions seem to be growing, too.
Our Photographers are working their hardest to deliver the Fursuit Group Photo as soon as possible! For now, enjoy a sneak peak featuring our GoHs and Special Guest (@iPadunk, Zipper, @Furscience, and @UncleKage!)
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