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Fur Trade: When a Niche Community Goes Corporate

I guess the first thing I should ask, just because I’m curious, is how did you first realize you were into furry stuff?

The interesting thing about that is—this is something I’ve discovered is true of a lot of gay people who are into furry stuff—that I was into furry stuff before I was into gay porn. I think a lot of it has to do with the language of intimacy being different. And also, an abstract cartoon depiction of a gay relationship feels less threatening than an actual gay relationship. But for me, it was probably browsing general Internet forums, like Something Awful and 4chan, where gay furry porn would be used for, like, ironic shock value? And I’d be saving it, like, “no wait, this is actually good.”

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