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newspaper article - DrG, Kathy Gerbasi, Ph.D.
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I thought folks might like to read the newspaper article about the furry research.
Basically the reporter had me email her answers to a large number of questions. It takes a while to respond, but she did a copy and paste so there were very few errors :)

Also I was invited to give a panel at the Furnal Equinox March 6-7 in Toronto. I don't have a time slot assigned yet. Is anyone attending that?
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alexandrebritos From: alexandrebritos Date: February 17th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, I loved the interview. It's nice to see something completely unknown come to light. I'm doing more of a sociological look on some similar internet-based groups (therians, otherkin and otakukin), but it excites me to see work being noticed. ^_^

I actually just found a copy of your article "Furries from A to Z (Anthropomorphism to Zoomorphism)," and I'll hopefully get to read the whole thing (yeay for college databases).

I won't be at Furnal Equinox, no, but I'll probably see you at Anthrocon! ^_^
artofspirit From: artofspirit Date: March 11th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC) (Link)
You should be an interesting person to follow, given that I am a furry myself, at least technically speaking; however, I do not understand why people want to study this hobby of ours as if we literally are of a different species. :)

The article you posted is interesting, but I do feel as if we are not being seen as human beings. It is as if we are alien creatures and you "regular humans" are studying us. For example, the article stated, "Results revealed that furries are a complex, distinctive and diverse group of people." Of course. That is what happens when a large group of people get together. They tend to be diverse and complex.

Of note, I do also find it interesting that primates are rarely selected as alter egos in the furry subculture. I know of a few, but not many!

Again, this will be interesting to follow. However, I think this is a bit silly, such as studying a group of people who like to collect stamps. :) Maybe I am just seeing what you are doing in the wrong light?

As for Furnal, I will not be attending personally. I have little time to attend furry conventions; although, my favourite convention is FWA in Atlanta.

On a personal note, kudos to you for rescuing three of your dogs. As a foster (for cats mostly, though I recently fostered an American Bulldog/Pit mix) and rescuer myself, I commend you on that.
wyld_b_wolfy From: wyld_b_wolfy Date: June 30th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Dr. Gerbasi tries to approach the study of furries from various psychological and sociological points. She does not see or treat furries as if they are a different species.

As for the study being 'silly', consider how there are articles written on Goths or Bikers or other similar subcultures. These social phenomena are worth studying because they can help to enlighten us on human behavior in a wider context. Humans and non-humans interact in many different ways. Furries tend to blur the line between the two, and studying why this is the case may help people understand the connection between humans and nonhumans better.
drg_kcgerbasi From: drg_kcgerbasi Date: June 30th, 2010 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)

why study furries

First why study anything... as a scientist I am curious to understand various phenomena. Members of the furry fandom represent an unique blend of human and other species, as a social psychologist and anthrozoologist they therefore are really interesting for me to try and understand.
That issue aside, look at what Vanity Fair, other media and most recently
The Young Turks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQizhZShArI&feature=player_embedded have done to portray furries. Isn't it nice to have an empirical and reality based unbiased perspective to counteract that silliness with?
I sent this response to that show ..."Your reporters should do some research before making numerous unsubstantiated negative comments about anyone, furries included.
I have been scientifically studying furries since 2006 and am the first researcher(on the planet) that I am aware of to have a peer reviewed article in a scholarly journal based on collecting data from furries. Furries from A to Z (Anthropomorphism to Zoomorphism) in the journal Society & Animals 2008, copy attached.
You may view some findings from subsequent years on my live journal page http://drg-kcgerbasi.livejournal.com/ , where I update furries on results from the studies.
I have been interviewed by the BBC online and Irish talk radio (Sean Moncrieff), so I suggest the next time you plan to cover furries you should contact me or someone who can give you/your reporters information based on empiricism, not speculation.
You may also simply google and look at survey results from Alex Osaki who conducts an annual online furry survey.

Kathy Gerbasi, Ph.D.
Professor - Psychology
Social Science Division
Niagara County Community College
Sanborn NY 14132
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 15th, 2011 08:02 am (UTC) (Link)

What an interesting study fun survey too.

I wouldn't have thought many people would want to study such a tiny subculture. I believe the founder of 4chan is a furry if I remember correctly though that website is quite vile a majority of the time.... oh the internet... what vast and strange things occur on you. ;)
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