Over the month of May, Singaporean furry media channel Global Furry Television held a survey to explore the subject of bullying – toward, from and among furries.
This survey – aptly coded PROS-02 – is the second iteration by the media channel since their COVID-19 survey in 2020.
PROS-02 is the first-ever survey on such a topic mainly focused on the Asian furry fandom.
Among the 299 datasets obtained, 226 (~75%) of them are from furries in China.
Were you bullied?
There is a popular notion that joining furry fandom means freedom from bullying. Is that the case?
Yes … and no.
Among these numbers, 84 respondents (28.1%) say they were not bullied at all before and after joining the furry fandom.
8 respondents (2.7%) start getting bullied after joining the furry fandom.
But in fact, we cannot directly assume if furry fandom directly made the “No” go up for the “After” section.
PROS-02 alone – cannot cover so many more subjective factors that could influence each participant’s reported experiences here.
How were you bullied?
Furries were beaten up, teased, ostracised, cyberbullied, sexually assaulted and had their belongings destroyed.
Respondents – who indicate they were bullied – were asked to identify if their aggressors were furries, non-furries, or a mix of both. If they don’t know, they will mark it ‘unknown’.
Then, respondents will match their bullies with what they did.
There are 675 counts of bullying before and after joining the fandom.
Common bullying types among each of the aggressors’ categories:
- Non-furries tease (193 out of 495, 29%),
- furries cyberbully (11 out of 29, 37.9%)
- Mix of non-furries and furries tease (24 out of 69, 34.8%)
- ‘Unknown’ tease plus ostracise (each type: 26 out of 82, 31.7%)
Did you seek help?
Consistently, furries did not seek help after getting bullied. Only a minority did.
BEFORE JOINING FANDOM
Among China respondents, only 16 out of 154 (10.4%) sought help.
Outside China (marked ‘Global’), 22 out of 52 (42.6%) sought help.
AFTER JOINING FANDOM
Among China respondents, only 9 out of 54 (14.3%) sought help.
Outside China (marked ‘Global’), 3 out of 19 (15.8%) sought help.