The last few days have been a bittersweet (well, maybe just bitter) revelation. I never realized how hostile the members of FurAffinity were toward cub art until it was banned on the 24th. Now I'm not even sure I'm comfortable around some of these individuals, who have stated in no uncertain terms that cub art is child porn and that they have no tolerance for it. Can I be friends with people who think of me as a pedophile and a smut peddler? I've taken these concerns to other babyfur artists, and their answer is usually "Well, you don't draw cub porn" (having not seen my InkBunny page or my now defunct alternate account on FA) or "Well, I never saw the artwork on your other site, so my opinion of you hasn't changed." Why does that matter? Just because you haven't seen it doesn't mean I haven't done it. You can't wish that away any more than I can wish that you could see the error of your ways, or wish that the hysteria surrounding this issue would just go away.
I've tried to be more open and trusting with the other members of this community. Now I realize that this was foolish, and that there was a reason I had been so guarded in the past. If your friends will only accept you as they want you to be, rather than as you truly are, those friendships were built on lies and never really existed at all.
8 years ago
26 Nov 2010 20:09 CET