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A reporter attending Anthrocon 2006 noted that "despite their wild image from Vanity Fair, MTV and CSI, furry conventions aren't about kinky sex between weirdos gussied up in foxy costumes", that conference attendees were "not having sex more than the rest of us", In October 2007, a Hartford Advocate reporter attended Fur Fright 2007 undercover because of media restrictions.
She learned that the restrictions were intended to prevent misinformation, and reported that the scandalous behavior she had expected was not evident.
There are several webcomics featuring animal characters created by or for furry fans; as such, they may be referred to as furry comics. They have defined and adopted an alternative meaning of the word furry specific to this group: "a person with an important emotional/spiritual connection with an animal or animals, real, fictional or symbolic." In their 2007 survey, Gerbasi et al.
examined what it meant to be a furry, and proposed a taxonomy in which to categorise different "types" of furries.
" was the first piece of journalism to be nominated for an Ursa Major Award, the main awards given in the field of anthropomorphism. Samuel Conway, CEO of Anthrocon, said that "For the most part, people give us curious stares, but they're good-natured curious stares.
According to Ian Wolf, a 2009 article from the BBC entitled "Who are the furries?Sexual attraction to furry characters is a polarizing issue met with vehement opposition within the fandom; in one survey with 4300 furry respondents, 37% answered that sexual attraction is important in their furry activities, 38% were ambivalent, and 24% answered that it has little or nothing to do with their furry activities.In a different online survey, 33% of furry respondents answered that they have a "significant sexual interest in furry", another 46% stated they have a "minor sexual interest in furry", and the remaining 21% stated they have a "non-sexual interest in furry".A furry convention is for the fans get together to buy and sell artwork, participate in workshops, wear costumes, and socialize.is no longer held; Califur has replaced it, as both conventions were based in Southern California.