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Unless someone can come up with a citation for the use of this word, I don't think it has a place on WikiFur. Sorry, but we don't an entry for every neologism that springs into someone's head.----DuncanDaHusky(talk) 17:00, 28 August 2006 (UTC)

[1] -- 07:46, 30 August 2006 (UTC)
Not good enough, in my estimation. That Wikipedia entry still does not include a citation for the usage of the word. ----DuncanDaHusky(talk) 12:53, 30 August 2006 (UTC)
I just googled on the term and got a fair number of hits, enough that I think it's safe to say someone didn't just dream up the term and create an entry for it. We have articles for terms that are less well documented than that. It may be arguable whether or not to keep the article, but if exploring the reasons why furries are feared, shunned, loathed, or disparaged by some non-furries is valid subject matter for WikiFur, then I would be inclined to keep it. --mwalimu 15:10, 30 August 2006 (UTC)
Sounds fair. -- 15:31, 30 August 2006 (UTC)
I substituted a 'disputed' template to encourage discussion on this talk page. --Frizzy 16:36, 30 August 2006 (UTC)
This s not an discussion of whether the word means "fear of anthropomorphism", it's a question about if this article should be kept. So that "factual dispution"-template seems kind of misplaced. -- 16:40, 30 August 2006 (UTC)
I think there's enough discussion that the article is worth keeping now, but even looking at the Wikipedia article, it definitely needs more citation to support its claims. You're welcome to give it a try! --Frizzy 17:01, 30 August 2006 (UTC)
Nah, i'll leave that for someone else. I think i'll try coming up with a suitable user name instead. -- 17:06, 30 August 2006 (UTC)

It's a valid term, but is it a term that's common enough in the fandom to be included? (Spirou from remote station) 21:35, 30 August 2006 (UTC)

From the sounds of the Wikipedia article (would help if that article in turn was better researched!) the term "wants" to relate largely to the Uncanny Valley effect and people who are uncomfortable with that in general. I'm not sure how much this relates to Furry fandom specifically, since I am not aware of a great deal of Uncanny Valley type reactions to anthropomorphic animals. Particularly since said animals are very often cartoonish (it is generally thought that the Uncanny Valley only kicks in when something becomes too realistic, rather than merely having a few humanoid features).
On the other hand, as noted above, we do already have a lot of uncommon terms, and technically, this one does relate to something Furry fandom is about. We just need to dig up more research and citations (and for that matter, throw what we find Wikipedia's way). --ToyDragon
I think part of this notion of anthropomorphobia might arise from the notion of humans being superior over all other animals, and that humans are big step up from any other animals. That is often accompanied by a vocal opposition to (perhaps even fear of) the notion that animals might be even close to humans in intelligence. There are still those who insist that animals act on instinct alone and have no cognitive ability, and that animals have no emotions. Some of the most outspoken of these are religious fundamentalists, with their ideas on the origins of humanity. It therefore comes as little surprise that some of those who subscribe to this notion would find it disturbing that there are people who willingly bring themselves "down" to the level of animals. --mwalimu 22:20, 30 August 2006 (UTC)


I have also seen this phenomenon under the label of anthropomorphophobia. Perhaps that term should direct one to this one. Too lazy to figure out how to do it right now, but I am suggesting it in case someone else will do it, or if I stumble across here again. —Bersl2 00:22, 3 July 2008 (UTC)