There were a lot of things that brought me joy in 2017. N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy’s conclusion, Bojack Horseman, the movie Baby Driver, and WorldCon in Helsinki (with a side trip to Stockholm) were all wonderful parts of last year. In addition, my writing community and my furry community remained strong, positive parts of my life last year. I went to two writing retreats and taught at one workshop, and all of those were overwhelmingly joyful experiences. And, of course, my two partners and our dog brought me unending amounts of joy, as I’ve become accustomed to. I’d be happy to tell everyone about them, but I think I want to highlight a more unexpected source of joy (if not quite as much as my family): Furry Fandom vs. the Nazis.
Furry fandom, in case you don’t know, is a community of people who like animal-people, like Disney’s Zootopia (2016). In most cases, members have an avatar (fursona) that reflects some aspects of their identity. For example, I’m a fox. Probably this was heavily influenced by playing the story record of Disney’s Robin Hood about a million times over my childhood, but it also reflects my smaller physical stature and reliance on my wits that got me through middle and high school. And nazis (lowercase) here refers to a group of people who espouse white supremacy, vilify other races and religions, and often identify with Nazi (uppercase) iconography and philosophy. [Read more…]