The phrase “fluffy bunny,” or “fluff-bunny,” is one oft bandied about in the NeoPagan community. Roughly translated, it means “people whose practices and/or beliefs are somehow less serious and/or sillier than mine.” It’s a derogatory term, and let me tell you, the Pagans hate the fluffy bunnies… but only because said Pagans secretly suspect that they’re fluffy, too. And they’re deathly afraid someone “legitimate” will call them on it.
Has anyone ever read a book called The Mole People, by Jennifer Toth? If not, check it out sometime: it’s an in-depth, first-person study of the homeless people in New York who inhabit abandoned subway tunnels, and it’s beyond fascinating. Thing is, none of the underground homeless actually refer to themselves as “mole people”; that’s an appellation reserved for the tunnel denziens who live in the levels below them. Even when you get down to the lowest man-made tunnels, the groups living there have stories about devolved “mole people” who live even further down.
It’s the same situation with the fluffy bunnies. No matter how much a given Pagan may worry about his or her personal fluff factor, there’s always someone fluffier in the levels below to act as a target for judgment and scorn. The legends will continue, of course, and at some point in your life, you might even spot one yourself; but as a definable, persecutable group, fluffy bunnies simply do not exist.