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Which fandom is more misunderstood: Furries or bronies?

Furries (people who enjoy cartoonish, anthropomorphic animals and often dress like them) and Bronies (adult fans of "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic") are often misrepresented. A lot of people think that it’s a freaky sexual fetish to dress up like an animal, or that there’s something creepy and backward about grown-ups being into sparkly ponies. But neither group is engaged in any harmful practices or forcing their beliefs on to others. Who is more misunderstood?

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If you want to get super technical and pedantic, bronies are a type of furry. Both fit under the larger umbrella of fans of anthropomorphic animals. Certainly, these fandoms do overlap. A lot of the fans are people who have social anxieties and have been bullied in the past, and the fandoms provide outlets for self-expression.

Similarities aside, in terms of stigma, they face distinct misunderstandings. The perception of furries is that they’re into kinky fur-suit sex. Bronies are thought of as being immature or, far worse, pedophiles. Granted, if you spend enough time on the internet, Rule 34 raises its ugly head, and searching for furries or bronies will yield icky stuff. Neither group deserves the reputation they have, but which has it worse?

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Being a furry is not, for the vast majority of fans, a sexual thing at all. Yes, there’s a small percentage that sexualizes the fursuit experience and is drawn to anthropomorphic porn, but for the entire fandom to be characterized as a fetish group is categorically inaccurate. 

Most furries are just people who like playing around in cartoon-like costumes and enjoy having alter egos. Furries are often subjected to derision at sci-fi and fantasy conventions. It’s one thing to be bullied, but to be bullied by fellow geeks is pretty terrible. 

They're made up of old and young, all genders, CEOs, blue-collar workers, singles, couples, parents, students, LGBTQ and straight — all who celebrate fantasy animal characters with human traits.
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Furry fandom enjoys gatherings of like-minded people, in or out of suits.

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The sexual aspect of furry fandom is real. It's just not as big a deal as people make it out to be.

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As time goes on, the world becomes more accepting of furries in general, but bronies (a fandom somewhat in decline at the moment) aren’t getting any better treatment. And, as with furries, bronies have a sexual misidentification to overcome. Namely, there’s the assumption that grown men (brony is technically a male term, the female equivalent being pegasister) who enjoy a show for kids must be sexual predators in disguise. 

There’s underlying sexism to the idea that an adult man enjoying something pink and sparkly must be perverse. What’s so bad about enjoying cartoon unicorns, anyway? 

Many bronies keep it a secret because of cultural reactions against boys liking “girl” things. “The pink and sparkly factor.”
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There's nothing wrong with liking ponies. And unicorns. And Pegasus unicorn ponies. 

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Incidents like this are a safety concern for all fan conventions, not just for bronies. Safe spaces are important.

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Which fandom is more misunderstood: Furries or bronies?
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#FurryFansAreFine
#DontBashSparkleDash