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Pornography (abbreviation: Porn. Also known as Pron, Pr0n or P0rn) is a word commonly used to describe sexually explicit imagery in artwork, photography, film, and writing. In its original definition, it meant "writing about prostitutes" and was derived from the ancient Greek term for a writer who chronicled the lives of prostitutes. The word was first used in English in the 18th century.
The exact scope of what is called pornography is not well-defined: some people would classify all nude figures as pornography, while others only consider photographed or filmed sex acts pornography. Most people take a more moderate approach, considering the intent along with the content of the work. A common method for deciding if a work is pornographic ("obscene") is the Miller test.
 Pornography and furry
Within the furry fandom, most explicit artistic or written depictions of sexual acts are considered "pornography", and such material is common and, by most part, freely available. Images or descriptions of single characters or groups of characters not explicitly engaging in sex acts but prominently displaying sexual organs (especially in a state of arousal) are also often considered pornographic. Pornography featuring furry characters is called furry porn, adult furry material, or yiff art.
There are a wide variety of online furry art and writing archives (both free and paysite based) that offer pornographic art and stories to the public, such as the VCL, and Fur Affinity. Some, such as U-18Chan, Fchan, SoFurry, PlayMouse and the Yiff Image Board are specifically intended for the showcasing of "furry porn." Age-restricted areas are popular in furry MUCKs, and the first adults-only furry MUCK, Tapestries MUCK, is the most popular furry MUCK by attendance. Similarly, Furrabian Nights is one of the most popular areas in Furcadia, and mature themes areas are common in various furry themed sims on Second Life.
 Furry porn's sexuality and content
 Sexual leanings
Furry pornography is often stereotyped as homosexual in nature. This is not always the case, though the percentage of bisexual or homosexual furries appears to be higher than that in the general population. A detailed survey by Tevildo of postings to the fur.artwork.erotica newsgroup between April and December 2001 revealed 45.6% of pictures to be "gay" themed and 48.9% to be "straight" (heterosexual) themed.
 Sex and species
Furry pornography commonly depicts species popular among the furry fandom, as many furry porn artists enjoy depicting their own personal fursonas in sexual activity, either with a fantasy mate or the fursona of a person to whom they are attracted in real life. Some pornographic artists draw generic characters as well, though these are usually species chosen for their sexual characteristics or stereotyped promiscuity, such as foxes, wolves, and horses.
 Subject matter
Fetish imagery catering to various paraphilias seems to appear with significant frequency in furry porn. BDSM, vore, pregnancy fetish, costume play, infantilism, inflation, rape fantasy, and other fetishes are often depicted in furry pornography, though the characters engaging in these fetishes are invariably anthropomorphic animals. Transformation, in which humans turn into animals or furries transform into a different type of furry, is also popular in furry porn and regular furry art alike.
Most of these fetishes are not specific to the furry fandom, but merely furry expressions of them. While fetish porn is frequently attested to be unusually common in furry fandom — one of the complaints of the Burned Furs was its perceived popularity — it is, again, impossible to obtain a precise percentage of fetish pornography compared to other forms of furry pornography.
Often, members of the fandom and critics alike speculate that adult content makes up the majority of the fandom. The opposite point of view, voiced particularly in 2 Sense shows, claims that this is caused by the cognitive bias: since pornography is not tabooed in the furry community, its relative percentage may be even smaller than in the mundane world, but the fact that it gets more exposure makes it appear to be a larger chunk.
No scientifically credible estimates of the exact ratio of pornographic content to family-friendly content in the furry community exist to date. A rough estimate from conventions which allow adult content in such activities as art shows and charity auctions and auction sites such as FurBid-SF suggest a proportion of 25-40%, with a higher proportion of mature publications and 2D artwork than sculpture and other constructed art.
Fur Affinity, arguably the largest furry art site, published monthly statistics up until 2009 (FA LiveJournal) which consistently showed clean artwork outnumbered pornographic artwork by orders of magnitude.
There are no laws which specifically reference pornography containing anthropomorphic characters most likely due to it's recent appearance. However; laws regarding bestiality and extreme pornography could be applied in court to convict anyone possessing 'furry porn'. In the United States the Miller Test would classify yiff as having "artistic value" therefore making it a legal form of pornography. A case in Wales involved a 47 year old man accused of transmitting obscene porn involving Tony the Tiger. The case was dropped when the procurator discovered that the clip was considered 'humour' instead of being entirely pornographic material.
- ↑ Tevildo's "fur.artwork.erotica" Statistics Page
- ↑ theregister.co.uk, "Man could face prison over six second 'extreme porn' clip"