Been getting that question a lot lately and ive been doing some thinking on the subject.
Here, ill give you a little insight:
-i draw furs AND weres. so my art classifies as "anthropomorphic art"
-i am part native american and enjoy the culture *though i do NOT agree in anyway that ALL weres should be Native American, in fact it flat out pisses me off..i just cant draw celtic stuff and do not have enough knowledge on other cultures, so thats why i lean more towards NA stuff ;) plus..its more /me/*
however i am also GERMAN and would like to start doing furs and weres with more of that cultural background. i just need to do more research.
-i act animalistic, growling, yipping, howling and murring. yet i also purr, and thats weird. but most of the time i act very canine. just ask my mate, he does the same exact thing. we look like were totally nuts when were together 0_o
-i express anger by growling and various emotions by acting like a canine, but i have done this all my life and my mom can vouch for it.its just the way i express myself. people who know me dont think anything of it, but if youre meeting me for the first time ill keep it down.
-i was made fun of in elementary school a LOT for acting the way i do, so like i said, if youre just gettig to know me IRL i most likely wont act it just to save face, but if im at a con or around other furs ill losen up after a bit and show my true colors
-i do NOT believe that i AM an animal that happens to be trapped in a human body. i just think im more in tune with primitive instincts, but those come out in animal form, which is probably why i also have such good intuition.
-i do NOT believe in P-Shifting. i think thats downright moronic.
- i do not have a "spiritual connection" with the animals or someshit.
i am a christian and believe as such *of course i do have my own weird opinions about things but if youre curious go ahead and ask me..*
-i DO however think that i have an understanding towards animals that some people lack and in turn they respect me as i respect them. plus im often seen talking to cats and dogs =P long story..
-someone once called me a "spiritual were". but that is FAR from what i am. like i said before..the word "spiritual" and "were" do not go together in /my/ little world that is myself. i do not believe in this "were" religion therianthropy is it? so by telling me im a spiritual were, you are telling me that i participate in that belief system. *well to me anyways*
-i do like wearing a tail and ears =)
-i am concious that i am a human. i am not a "hyooman eat-er" or whatever. as Goldenwolf put it, "proud to be human proud to be wolf".
i would not consider myself solely one or the other, and i have a happy mesh of the 2 personalities, but i AM in fact a human.
so in short, i do not want to label myself as a "were" because of all the spiritual/religious/sterotypes that go along with that label. in fact, if you had to call me anything were-ish, id be a "behavioral were" in the sense that i do act like an animal, but its just a branch of my personality. i do not /think/ i am an animal trapped in a human body.
as far as fur, i do feel that my attitude goes far beyond the "fandom", since my presonality is not a result of being a "fan of furries", its just who i am, and i happened to be lucky enough to find other people who enjoyed the kind of things i am into, but i do have a hard time finding people who act the way i do (which is also why i have so many were friends) When i say im a fur, most people view it as like being a Trekkie, but thats not it. Trekkies are fans of star trek, therefore they must think that Furs are fans of animals, but my whole deal goes far beyond that. like i said before, ive been this way all my life and was just lucky enough to find the fandom which i consider my niche now.
*sigh* so confusing...
I do not feel this way about furries/trekkies though so, i feel your pain. its kinda hard to explain things to a mundane.
i, personally, use the term "fur" to generalize people who have a special fondness for animals and act more like them etc etc..and that classifies both weres and furries alike.
so if you ask me, i will say i am a "Fur" as a general term, but now you know what i mean when i say that, because in actuality, im sorta..well..both?
now for a survey about me and some stuff..( Collapse )