Is Furporn Good or Bad?
Hey Papa Bear,
I would like to hear your opinion on what you think about furry porn. …But that question alone is only worth maybe a “it’s good” or “it’s bad” answer, so… The true question is, what do you think of the whole scope about furry porn, and how it affects artists, members of the fandom, etc etc.
To give you more to work with, ever since I was a wee little chap watching TV with my lower lip quivering, and my eyes gleamed when I saw Flamedramon for the first time, I knew what I was in for. That said… The porn is good and all, but I’m always very sad to see how it affects the fandom. This mix of popularity and sexuality seem to entice many people, artists and commissioners alike, into very deplorable habits of flaunting for instant gratification, of filling their galleries to the brim with art of very varied levels of quality involving their sonas into every possible existing sexual scenario on this planet, just for the sake of… Attention, right? Well, money too, in case of the artists. Is that really worth it in the long-term?
It always bums me out that this sexy animal guy I’m jerking off to is almost surely a total douchebag if I met him in person, which… From my own experience, is very often true (But I admit that that’s on ME because I’m a very judgmental idiot and I also have impossibly high standards for everything. I’m sure someone out there could get to know one of those people and find their life-long partner, and that’s perfectly okay.) Still, there are also exceptions. I’ve seen some artists who draw porn but they don’t let their egos get mixed up in it (as much), and I respect those way more because they’re just more human to me. And I’m glad because otherwise that would’ve probably made me a total hypocrite, grabbing my dick with one hand and pointing and judging people with the other…
... Anyway, now that I made my point of view awfully, almost tangibly clear, I would like to hear yours. Hopefully it’s different from mine because I’d like to learn something new from this.
I await curiously for your reply.
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Dear Uncle Tuper,
Sex and the fandom is a huge topic, and it is one I discuss in my book. It is difficult in a column to cover all the bases, but here's the gist of my take on furporn: Mundanes focus on this aspect on the fandom because they themselves do not have healthy attitudes about sex or they are incredibly inhibited about it (religious and other societal pressures cause this). They are uncomfortable with the idea of a fantasy-related fandom, and so, in seeking a way to reject it because it is "not normal," they zero in on what they feel is its unsavory aspect (furporn), and stereotype furries as sex addicts and zoophiles in order to reject and shame them.
Why, then, do furries get into the porn aspect? There are a lot of reasons, and none of them have to do with zoophilia. Furporn is just one form of many types of sexual fantasies that people have. You can go on the Internet and find all kinds of fantasy porn out there, some of it is much more strange than anthro sex. Okay, so, why specifically fantasies about anthros? Gosh, there is a laundry list. For one thing, various anatomical features of animals could turn people on, such as the soft fur of a feline or the genital girth of a horse or the fact that an elephant can play with you with its trunk. There are also fantasies such as vore, which has to do with the submission fantasy or even the fantasy of the return to the womb (very Freudian). There is, too, the animalistic nature of it all--wild and passionate sex without inhibition. Also, assuming a fursona in sexual roleplay is a form of self-defense against sexual shame ("It isn't ME doing this, it's my fursona.") Why so much furporn out there? Why do so many people commission artists to draw porn? Well, one reason might be that the fandom demographics skew toward the young range, and, let's face it, young people have "raging hormones" and tend to be horny. Hence, porn. If it weren't furporn, it would be something else X-rated (Star Wars porn, cartoon porn, whatev).
I have no problem with furporn (in fact, I'm a fan LOL). It is not inherently "bad" or "good." Sexual fantasies are only "bad" if they become addictions (i.e., you become so obsessed with porn that it interferes with your daily functions in the world) or if they become violent or hurtful to others in any way (i.e., acting out fantasies for any kind of non-consensual sex). Outside of these two conditions, furporn and sexual fantasies about furries can actually be a healthy and normal thing. Sexual fantasies can assist people in exploring their sexual identities, likes and dislikes, and add a bit of zing to a relationship you might already be in.
What mundanes need to get over is focusing on this one aspect of the fandom. The furry fandom offers a lot more than just some X-rated art. If you focus only on porn, you are missing out on a lot.
So, when it comes to you, personally, I would suggest you explore a bit further what exactly you like about Flamedramon, and this can teach you a bit about yourself. As for online relationships, you should always be cautious about these and make sure you don't let in a predator or other jerk. Such people eventually make themselves known, so you will figure out whether "sexy animal guy" is a jerk or not. If he is, dump him and move on. There are lots of furries out there who are very cool people.
Don't beat yourself up for having sexual feelings or that these feelings range into the world of fantasy. There is nothing wrong with you. Just remember to be kind to other people and avoid trolls along the way.
Hope that eases your mind.
8/6/2020 03:11:40 am
As a physiological fan, I'm a bit sadden you (Blog writer, not the guest) have out-casted 'zoophilia' like that here because there is a chance some of the reasons has to do with it. Though that doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing by default alone because I've heard some interesting topics from some people that it's not the same as harming real animals and a lot of the interest could probably be expressed without really needing to focus on real animals either. There are some people in the fandom that actually are zoophiles and don't want to intentionally pretend it's not real.
While there are furries who are zoophiles, being furry doesn't make you a zoophile. Also, in my experience, furry zoos are pretty rare. In addition, zoophilia is illegal in many U.S. states (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legality_of_bestiality_in_the_United_States#/media/File:Legality_of_Zoophilia_in_the_United_States.svg). I'm sorry my position saddens you, but I do not endorse illegal activity. Furthermore, zoophilia is akin to pedophilia in that the one who is the sexual target (whether child or animal) is not a willing participant in the activity (yes, you can train your dog to do it with you, but that is still not their natural behavior). Any type of sexual activity in which one of the participants is not a willing part of the sex act is to my mind wrong. So, Anonymous, I do not agree with you and I do not endorse your view that zoophilia "doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing."
9/4/2020 02:56:42 am
Hello, I myself would not want to defend illegal activity out of fear that it would be a complicit of some kind. The thing I was talking about was a bit more different I thought?
8/6/2020 03:13:53 am
Had to post second comment. In this one I write email (hidden) just in case I wanted other deleted. XD Probably too late, but just in case I guess.
9/10/2020 08:32:16 am
Britannica defines zoophilia as "sexual attraction of a human toward a nonhuman animal, which may involve the experience of sexual fantasies about the animal OR THE PURSUIT OF REAL SEXUAL CONTACT with it (i.e., bestiality). Sex between humans and animals is illegal in many countries." You're putting too fine a point on semantics as zoophilia typically involves beastiality.
9/28/2020 12:51:42 am
I feel like you're taking offense to my comment despite my intention. I've heard many other criticisms to simply mean the mere attraction, not requiring behavior on itself (of course, some do act on it). Otherwise, if someone is attracted to real-world animals but never acts on it, then what are they?
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