How many Second Life furries are using their avatars to explore their sexual identity? Because I just came across this fascinating insight on the furry subculture on Andrew Sullivan's blog, and it got me thinking:
When asked about their orientation versus the orientation of their fursona, the biggest change was that fursonas were much less likely to be exclusively or almost exclusively heterosexual and much more likely to be dead-even bisexual than the person behind the fursona... IARP researcher Courtney “Nuka” Plante (himself a furry) has hypothesized this might be because some furries who have questions about their sexual identity might use their fursona as a sort of testing ground.
Emphases mine. In the above context, Plante is talking about people who roleplay as furries in real life, but of course, a lot of furries are furries in Second Life. There's also a fair amount of furry-based sexual roleplay, whether that's full-on yiffing, or just eroticized furry avatars. (Furries with female human breasts, and so on.) So the question becomes -- and I know it's a sensitive one, so keep answers civil -- how much are SL furry activity is about exploring and playing with one's real life sexual orientation
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