This term came to be in the early 1980s at popular Sci-fi conventions like WorldCon, by science fiction fans who looked on furries attending their cons as both intruding and beneath contempt. This view did not improve when the earliest examples of sexualized furry art and stories started to appear at the scene.
As described by Sci-fi/Anime/Furry connoisseur Fred Patten, early use of the word was as a defacement of furry party signs posted at these conventions (including the ones hosted by one of furry fandom's founding members, Mark Merlino). The act would consist of swiping down the signs, or just crossing the word "Furry," with ones that would read "This way to the
furry Skunkfucker party," an act also confirmed by artist Marc Schirmeister (who was also a Sci-fi fan and artist.)
The term used to be a well-known, demeaning vocal identifier by a wide array of fandoms, "mundanes" and anti-furries, but has largely fallen out of common usage. As a note of historical interest provided by Fred Patten, Foxfucker was another Sci-fi used term for furries but never caught on.
- The title of Skunk (the comic) is an abbreviation for this term.
- Australian band Machine Gun Fellatio used the term in the song Horny Blonde Forty.