So Arik and I went to the movies last night. I saw the strangest thing! As the movie ended and everyone was filing out of the theatre, in front of us was another couple. This other couple was wearing hoodies with freakin' animal ears on the hoods! Get out of here! Who does that? It's far from Halloween. WTH?!
What's a furry, you ask? Let me enlighten you... according to the UrbanDictionary.com
Furries are a relatively recent phenomenon which has been catapulted into near-mainstreamness almost solely because of the internet. It is obvious furries are very much victims of tarring the majority with the brush of an "unappealing" minority.
In the simplest sense furries are fans of anthropromorphic animals. That is, animals with human like features or tendencies (Fox McCloud, Sonic the Hedgehog... etc) pretty much all furries will create their own character or "fursona" for use as an art model and roleplaying, the designs of which vary wildly dependant on the artists skill and eye for contrasting colours (You get both amazing and appalling furry artists, and a wide skill range between these two) some furries can work wonders when it comes to creating a character on second life
The above paragraph is an apt description of your standard "furry", however there is a small but VERY vocal minority of the "yiff yiff" kind of division. Even though this sort of furry probably only takes up 1/10th of the fandom this is by FAR the type you hear about most often from anti-furry biased sources.
I had the people behind us (teeny boppers) laughing it up. I was trying to explain to Arik what a furry was. I think I used phrases like "dress up in fuzzy clothes with pointy ears," "rubbing up on each other dressed as Pepe Le Pew," "furball lovin."
You just never know what type of people you'll see at a late night movie...