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).
We all miss AC, so it's time to make the jump to cyberspace. Attendance is free this year! We wanna make it something truly special though, and we need your help. If you want to donate to help us make that happen we've got some perks ready just for you. https://anthrocon.regfox.com/anthrocon2021
Missing the Eurofurence vibe? We are happy to announce that Eurofurence Online will return during the 4th week of September 2021! Main chat #Discord, livestream, events, panels and @VirtualFurence providing awesome VR fun. Save the date! (Art by Kalani Arts and Alpha_Ki)
Can't wait for this year’s Eurofurence Online in September? Our Discord team is hosting a warm-up party with live DJ streams on 24th of April! Join in at: https://discord.gg/VMESBMM