Mockingjay wrote:not true, what you're thinking of is called anthro, furry is just used to describe a character who is an animal or has the qualities of an animal, it's not limited to animals that act human, that's why Pokemon is considered part of the Furry culture, in fact, if you wanna go there and act like it has to have human qualities, then we also have I.M. Weasel in there, he acts human enough for it.
hey, that's great, except anthro is the distinction made BY furries. the WORD anthro is code for "I am a furry".
but here, have a more detailed analysis so you know i'm not JUST dismissing this offhand.
sexualizing an animal and adding animal characteristics to a human figure in order to make them more sexually attractive is not merely similar. it is the same thing: taking the concept of a thinking person and altering them to evoke the themes whichever animal (or... sigh... pokemon) after which they are molded, with the explicit goal of enhancing their sexuality through the symbolism of the qualities given to them.
the heart of this is symbolism. when you attach emotions to an action or quality, and then use that action or quality to refer to emotion, you have created symbolism.
symbolism creates emphasis through division. you set it apart, let it act as the focus, the crux, centerpiece, or totem.
A totem is a focal point of power, see? This takes us a step further with the statement that the metaphor has become transcendent and now literally does what it symbolically did.
Totems were used in early human medicine man/witch doctor/shamanistic rituals (hence the relevance to the world of warcraft class). Because these rituals were usually very intimate and personal, a lot of real-world totems took the form of effigies (the modern understanding of this is the voodoo doll). Another word for an effigy or totem is a fetish.
That's the origin of the word, and that's why doing either giving an animal human sex characteristics or giving a sex-minded human animal characteristics is the same conceptual fetish to me.
btw: that's how ya fuckin bump a thread, newbies. take notes.