Why aren't I a Furry?
No - seriously, boys and girls. I am officially "more catlike than wechsler" sometimes, I can hold conversations in Miaow, I roll around purring if you stroke me, I have a special respect for the goddess Bast, and so forth. But I don't consider myself a Furry, and in fact really have no wish to be considered such.
I said to wechsler "I don't understand why you are and I'm not" - to which he replied, "Well, no, *I* don't understand why you're not".
The best answer I could give him was that it's something akin to the way I always felt about Straight Edge. If you're not familiar with the concept, it's an American-based 'movement', I suppose, whose principles are "Don't drink, don't smoke, don't do drugs, no sex before marriage". And, y'know, I don't drink, smoke, or take drugs, and had no desire to have sex at any point.
But I would never have identified as "Straight Edge". What's the point? I don't drink, smoke or take drugs because I don't like them or like the idea - I don't need to justify that by being part of some group in which everybody does it so it's ok. Or rather, everybody refrains from doing it, but you take my point.
I didn't discover Furry and say "This is what I've been missing all my life!" I didn't discover it and think "All these years I've thought I was really weird, but now I discover I'm actually normal, hurrah!" Because actually, all these years I've thought I occasionally behaved like a cat, and that it was kind of nice, but not particularly strange.
I can understand that for some people, if they've really been that upset by thinking they were Really Fucking Weird for years, would be overjoyed to discover other people who were weird in the same way. But it makes me sad that George, discovering 'Furries' for the first time, wouldn't react by thinking "Hey, other people like me. Wow! I guess that means it's ok to be the way I am" and would instead react "Hey, other people like me. Wow! I guess that means that I've found somewhere I can fit in, at last."
It feels a bit...Mutant Animal Freaks Anonymous, you know? "Hello, my name is George, but some days I feel like a raccoon." "~applause~" "Welcome, George. Here, you'll be able to safely let out that raccoon."
Which is all sort of why I don't consider myself 'a Furry', but 'someone who's occasionally a kitten'.
Go on, flame me, you know you want to. ~g~
But seriously. Read. Tell me where I'm being short-sighted or narrow-minded. I'm fairly sure there's something I've missed, but I can't work it out for myself. Help.