Monday, 26 July 2010
What is a furry after all?
Models showing off Furry bodies at Itty Bitty Kitty Designs 4EvaFur
Furry is extremely popular in Second Life and something I frankly don't understand. These models are showing off Furry bodies. They have the skin of cartoon animals, but their female sexuality is so "human" ideal for our culture to be impossible. They look nothing like animals or even typical cartoons of animals, they look like supermodel or porn starts dressed up like animals for Halloween. Read my interview with a furry.
Furry identity is firmly inside the Sci Fi/Fantasy Geek culture and it makes sense Second Life would be a major colony of it.
A furry is a kind of cyborg, a redefinition of human possibility using technology. Again I come to The Cyborg Manifesto by
Donna Haraway and Haraway's recent work on the relationship between animals and humans. This encounter with the other, this remaking ourselves with animals and technology are all there in furries like they are in Haraway, but something has gone terribly wrong. Haraway sees the cyborg and animal as potential points of escape, where we can create new selves free of the sexual and power barriers that contain us in our daily lives. My exploration of Second Life would indicate to me the opposite is happening.
When people can imagine being something else, they tend to imagine as hyper-gendered: more male or female in our social model than is biologically likely or even possible.
Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life