In studies asking about fursonas and gender, we’ve often asked furries to not only identify their own gender, but to also indicate, on a 1-5 scale, the extent to which their fursona’s gender identity is similar to (“my fursona is only ever the same gender as I am”) or differs from (“my fursona is always a different gender than I am”) their own.🐾
The data suggest that about 62% of furries report that their fursona’s gender is the same as their own. This also means that approximately 38% of furries are, at very least, open to the idea of having a different-gender fursona; in fact, fully 5% of furries have a fursona whose gender is completely different from their own. It remains to be seen whether, for these people, their fursona is a form of self-expression of a different-gender part of themselves (a way to “play out” another facet of their identity), or is simply a way for them to experiment with an identity different from their own—a form of role-playing.
In another study, we looked at whether there were gender difference in the extent to which furries’ fursonas differed from their own gender (see figure above.)🐾 Results indicated that furries whose gender identity was more female were significantly more likely to have a fursona whose gender differed from their own.