© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/156853011X578965 Society & Animals 19 (2011) 302-304 brill.nl/soan Why so FURious? Rebuttal of Dr. Fiona Probyn-Rapsey’s Response to Gerbasi et al.’s “Furries from A to Z (Anthropomorphism to Zoomorphism)” Kathleen C. Gerbasi, a Laura L. Scaletta, a C. Nuka Plante, b and Penny L. Bernstein c a Niagara County Community College email@example.com b University of Waterloo, Ontario c Kent State University Abstract This is a rebuttal to Fiona Probyn-Rapsey’s criticisms of the original furry research conducted in 2006 and published in 2008. Her focus on gender identity disorder misses the main point of the study, which was that it was the first empirical study to collect data scientifically and report find- ings on the furry fandom, an often misrepresented subculture. Keywords anthropomorphism, furries, Furry, identity, zoomorphism Dr. Probyn-Rapsey’s critique (this issue, pp. 294-301) misses the main point of our study by narrowing its focus almost entirely to the issue of identifying and recommending treatment for the phenomenon of species identity disor- der. When we reviewed the scientific literature in 2005, there had, to that point, been no attempt to study the furry fandom scientifically. Popular media provided the only available information
Society & Animals – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2011
Keywords: Furry; zoomorphism; anthropomorphism; furries; identity
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