Furries, that is human beings dressed up in animal attire, have been banned in a public library in Portland, Connecticut. Let's cut to the chase: The library fears that a Disney-like creature could lure a child away and that will be that. However, reasonable people also know that any adult with an open attitude and an incentive ranging from M&Ms peanut to a box of Legos can lure a child away. So, this issue of the right of Furries to be permitted into a public facility supported by taxpayer money is getting plenty of attention. Here is my post on my legal blog which a number of major discovery engines have linked to.
There is also another issue, one familiar to all of us in creative professions, be they acting, speechwriting, or cartooning. That's the human inclination - maybe even a need - to take on other identities. Those of us who do this well, that is master having a fluid identity, succeed in our creative career paths.
What is the difference between someone who feels more whole dressing like an animal and one who derives professional satisfaction entering the mind and heart of Hamlet on stage? Yet, one is being classified as a kind of pervert while the other is usually saluted for novel interpretations of the Prince of Denmark.
Come to think of it, Halloween is coming. That holiday has become more embraced than Christmas because society gives us license to become whoever we want for several hours.
Last night before my Buddhist meditation meeting got started at Shambhala, New Haven, Connecticut, a woman was already talking about the Halloween costume she had purchased in a consignment store for $5. Instantly the coversation shifted from mindfulness to what identity we would take on. Maybe if society encouraged a greater range of the self, there would be fewer emotional meltdowns, ulcers, and addictions.
My hunch is Furries could wind up on the docket of cases to be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court.