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a funny fursuit story - DrG, Kathy Gerbasi, Ph.D.
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a funny fursuit story
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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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