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A Word on Anti-Furry Sentiments in the Tech Community

Sometimes my blog posts end up on social link-sharing websites with a technology focus, such as Lobste.rs or Hacker News.

On a good day, this presents an opportunity to share one’s writing with a larger audience and, more importantly, solicit a wider variety of feedback from one’s peers.

However, sometimes you end up with feedback like this, or this:

Apparently my fursona is ugly, and therefore I’m supposed to respect some random person’s preferences and suppress my identity online.

I’m no stranger to gatekeeping in online communities, internet trolls, or bullying in general. This isn’t my first rodeo, and it won’t be my last.

These kinds of comments exist to send a message not just to me, but to anyone else who’s furry or overtly LGBTQIA+: You’re weird and therefore not welcome here.

Of course, the moderators rarely share their views.

Because of their toxic nature, there is only one appropriate response to these kinds of comments: Loud and persistent spite.

So here’s some more art I’ve commissioned or been gifted of my fursona over the years that I haven’t yet worked into a blog post:

Art by leeohfox

If you hate furries so much, you will be appalled to learn that factoids about my fursona species have landed in LibreSSL’s source code (decoded).

Never underestimate furries, because we make the Internets go.

I will never let these kind of comments discourage me from being open about my hobbies, interests, or personality. And neither should anyone else.

If you don’t like my blog posts because I’m a furry but still find the technical content interesting, know now and forever more that, when you try to push me or anyone else out for being different, I will only increase the fucking thing.


Header art created by @loviesophiee and inspired by floccinaucinihilipilification.

By Soatok

Security engineer with a fursona. Ask me about dholes or Diffie-Hellman!

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