I hope this is in the right Forum, if not, I apologize, and please move it.
From the Dolphin porn joke thread I just necroposted, I found this quote:
How could you possibly be a regular internet surfer and have missed out on this?
Furry, as a paraphilia, is used as an umbrella term for many things. Furry in general refers to entertainment involving anthromorphic animals (Dinsey’s Robin Hood, or Sonic the Hedgehog, but NOT Lion King). With the internet, a whole “furry scene” grew, which seems to mostly revolve around creating an escapist identity as a anthromorph that you make art about, roleplay as in chatrooms, etc (known as a “fursona”). Whole shared fantasy/sci-fi universes were created about the persecution of anthromorphs by ordinary humans. It was a fad like Punk, Goth, etc. They even have conventions. The porn is only one aspect of this.
However, like anything in human experience, it gradually branched out into other things; furry often includes centaur-like anthromorphs, bizarre hybrids of anthromorphic animals, etc. Furry began to move further and further away from strict humans-with-fur-tails-and-animal-heads anthromorphism, but that’s still the key aspect.
Furry porn is often of characters from series like Sonic or the various Warner Brothers properties (Looney Tunes, Tiny Toons, Animaniacs), etc., where there are female characters intentionally drawn to be sexy (Rouge the Bat in Sonic, Lola Bunny from Space Jam, Minerva Mink from Animaniacs, etc.). This is a WAG, but I think it has to do with these being many guys first experiences finding something sexy as they grew up, and then, since there were other people on the 'net to share the experience with, they get stuck on it because there’s actually something to it. However, I should note that Furry seems to predate some of this, and there are many female furries (as enthusiasts are nicknamed)
Beastiality and Plush (aka “fursuit,” a fetish in which people have sex while dressed like animals or teddy bears)share some spillover with Furry enthusiasts, but they are NOT the same, and should not be confused. Most furries don’t like Beastiality or Plush, nor do all furries enjoy furry porn.
Phew, didn’t mean to rant, sorry.