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)
HOT OFF THE PRESS!
Our latest article "Chasing Tail" in #JSexResearch discusses the relative weight of sexual/social interests as predictors of furry identity.
Non-sexual motivations are much more strongly correlated with furry identity!
New Publication! After slogging through data, drafts, and peer-review, I'm pleased to present our paper over motivations to join the #furry fandom! Thank you to @furscience @tara_n_bennett and everyone who made this possible! Fantastic end to the semester! https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/NXGAHBRCREYRVKSWYWF6/full?target=10.1080/00224499.2022.2068180