Rolling Stone: Ron DeSantis ‘sucked the pleasure out of life’s little joys’ with drag crackdown over minors

Life’s pleasures are often about the little things: a baby’s smile, a loyal dog… and kinky drag shows?

According to Rolling Stone, when Florida Governor and GOP 2024 presidential candidate Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill that prohibits kids from attending events featuring “sexually explicit content,” he just “sucked the pleasure out of many of life’s little joys.”

Rolling Stone reporter EJ Dickson is now worried that “furries” are on the chopping block.

“Ron DeSantis has successfully sucked the pleasure out of many of life’s little joys, from drag brunches to Disney adult TikTok,” Dickson writes. “And thanks to the passage of SB 1438, or the Protection of Children Act, DeSantis may now be bringing the ax down on furries.”

What’s a “furry” you ask?

Well, according to a study posted on the NIH National Library of Medicine website, “Furries are individuals who are especially interested in anthropomorphic or cartoon animals (e.g., Bugs Bunny). They often strongly identify with anthropomorphic animals and create fursonas, identities of themselves as those anthropomorphic animals. Some practice fursuiting, or wearing costumes that resemble anthropomorphic animals.”

And why would DeSantis want to rain on the furry parade?

Perhaps because “some furries are sexually motivated.”

“If some furries are sexually motivated, they may be motivated by an erotic target identity inversion (ETII): sexual arousal by the fantasy of being the same kinds of individuals to whom they are sexually attracted,” the study’s authors explain. “Furries with ETIIs would experience both sexual attraction to anthropomorphic animals and sexual arousal by fantasizing about being anthropomorphic animals, because they often change their appearance and behavior to become more like anthropomorphic animals.”

“Male furries also tended to report a pattern of sexual interests consistent with an ETII involving anthropomorphic animals,” the study continues. “Both sexual attraction to anthropomorphic animals and sexual arousal by fantasizing about being anthropomorphic animals were nearly universal.”

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Dickson, in contrast, defines the fetish as “people who enjoy dressing up as or making art of anthropomorphized creatures” and argues that “furry fandom” is “family-friendly.”

Well… maybe not at night. That’s when, Dickson admits, the “not safe for work” furries come out to play — a phrase used to warn of explicit content that you wouldn’t want to get caught looking at while at work.

“Though many conventions do cater to the NSFW aspects of the furry fandom, they typically save such programming for later at night to ensure the rest of the con is family-friendly, or cordon off adult vendors so they are not in full view of other attendees,”

Other than that, it’s totally appropriate for children, and if you disagree, you are “attacking” the LGTBQ community.

“So what does a law about exposing kids to sexually charged content have to do with people dressing as cartoon bunnies and foxes?” Dickson asks. “While SB 1438 does not specifically target minors dressing as furries, it prohibits children from attending adult performances, which it defines as ‘a presentation that depicts or simulates nudity, sexual conduct, or specific sexual activities.’ And, like drag, there are pervasive misconceptions that this mode of expression is inherently sexual.”

“The fact that the furry organizers felt pressured to bar children from the convention is yet another example of how it’s been seen as . (The ACLU referred to it as ‘a blatant attempt to erase drag performers and silence the LGBTQ+ community.’),” she states. “The furry fandom overwhelmingly skews LGBTQ, with nearly 80 percent of furries self-identifying as such, according to surveys of the fandom.”

After signing SB 1438 in mid-May, DeSantis remarked on the “sad” need for the new law.

“This is sad that you kind of have to do this,” DeSantis said. “There’s these, like, drag shows. It’s sexually explicit, what they’re doing. And look, adult entertainers — people can do what they want with some of that. But to have minors there, I mean, you have situations where you’ll have an 8-year-old girl there, where you have these really explicit shows, and that is just inappropriate.”

“Don’t expose children to your fetish and we are good,” DeSantis team member Christina Pushaw told Rolling Stone.

“This ‘journo’ is lying,” stated another Twitter user. “DeSantis is not at war with furries. ‘Journos’ & furries are simply revealing they are upset they can’t share sexual kink/fetish with minors under the guise of ‘community’ any more.”

“Imagine thinking ‘the other side won’t even let kids at the weird costume sex convention’ is an argument for your side,” tweeted another.

“Delete this tweet,” yet another told Rolling Stone. “Then delete this story. Then delete yourself.”



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