© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/156853011X578956 Society & Animals 19 (2011) 294-301 brill.nl/soan Furries and the Limits of Species Identity Disorder: A Response to Gerbasi et al. Fiona Probyn-Rapsey University of Sydney Fiona.firstname.lastname@example.org Abstract This is a response to an article published in Society & Animals in 2008 that argued for the exis- tence of a “species identity disorder” in some furries. Species identity disorder is modeled on gender identity disorder, itself a highly controversial diagnosis that has been criticized for pathol- ogizing homosexuality and transgendered people. This response examines the claims of the arti- cle (and the design of the study itself ) and suggests that the typology it constructs is based on unexamined assumptions about what constitutes “human” identity and regulatory fictions of gender identity. Keywords furry fandom, gender, gender identity disorder, sexuality, species identity disorder “Furries from A to Z (Anthropocentrism to Zoomorphism)” (Gerbasi et al., 2008) is the largest psychological study of furries published so far. Conducted at a 2007 furry convention in the United States attended by approximately 2,500 participants, the survey was aimed at testing four elements of furry fandom. The intention was to test the veracity of stereotypes about
Society & Animals – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2011
Keywords: species identity disorder; furry fandom; gender; sexuality; gender identity disorder
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