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a funny fursuit story - DrG, Kathy Gerbasi, Ph.D.
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a funny fursuit story
As usual I wore some furry attire to  my Intro to psych classes on Thursday. I do this when I talk about the research. Tuesday morning it was fox ears, fox tail and some nifty paws I got at Anthrocon this year.
Two guys in the class who are on the soccer team, asked me to attend their game that afternoon in furry attire, to be a mascot. I attended part of the game and added my dragon wings, what the heck, why not be a flying fox? 
What was really interesting was that no people paid any attention to me. There were not too many folks there maybe a total of 50 or so fans.
HOWEVER, I did get tons of attention from a 15 week old Bernese MT dog puppy who wanted to chew up my tail and my paws, not allowed, but I did go back to my car and get a big Milk Bone for the puppy.

(As my perceptive daughter suggested, people probably thought you were a mascot). However I could not do mascotly things because there was no room on the sideline. Also in all truth I would have felt more comfortable doing mascotly things if)
1) I had permission from the coach
and
2) I was wearing a mask  ! :)
Maybe I will seek permission and get a mask and have a go at ANTICS!

I actually have  a furry in one of my classes this year. He has not yet been to Anthrocon, but if things work out, maybe he will come with us in June as a helper.
I hope everyone is well!
Take care,
Kathy

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krin_o_o_ From: krin_o_o_ Date: October 22nd, 2009 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Evaluation: Cultural assimilation of researcher progressing.
Recommendation: Have a cookie.
Prognosis: Nom Nom Nom

- krin *who forgot to spell check*

Edited at 2009-10-22 12:32 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 17th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
How much does the fandom influence what you do with your students? Is it just 1 yearly survey at Anthrocon, or do you frequently don furry gear and give lectures about the subculture?
drg_kcgerbasi From: drg_kcgerbasi Date: November 18th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

response to fandom influence

I talk about the furry research in my classes(in the context of how to do social science ...how challenging, interesting and time consuming research is) for a several reasons, to name a few
1) students are fascinated by furries
2) it is a real example of an ongoing study
3) sometimes there is a really good student in the class (I usually do not know who at the time since it is early in the semester) and they end up becoming a research colleague!
When I present on the research I would wear ears paws and tail to demonstrate what you would likely see a furry wearing rather than the more expensive fur suit,
I do mention now that not all furries want to wear a fursuit.
I gave a guest lecture yesterday and talked about the furry research.
Basically if the topic is relevant to a subject I might use it as an example, and sometimes students make observations or ask questions or pose hypotheses
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 15th, 2011 08:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: response to fandom influence

I wonder if you felt 'better' because you could be far more anonymous wearing a mask in public. I have been pondering the idea of internet anonymity for a while... It seems the more invasive our society becomes due to the internet, youtube, facebook, and other mechanisms... such as cameras -- the more individuals desire to be 'left alone' or 'out of the limelight' when it comes to far more intimate stories.

I honestly feel bad for those 'famous' individuals who have their lives streaked across the TV constantly. Do you think it is more a primal desire to get to 'let it all hang out' but due to frontal lobe developments, societies restrictions, and fear of consequence or peer review that we don't say what we want, do what we want, or act how we want?
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