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Furry Article on El Reg [Jun. 29th, 2007|03:13 pm]
Nicodemus
About 4 months ago, I got interviewed about fursuits. Since I've got a book and website, seems I turn up as a point of contact a lot. But some other furs vouched for her and she seemed kosher, so I went for it. It looks like the piece finally turned up on, of all places, The Register (a UK IT site).

How Furry Is It?

Turned out to be not too bad, IMHO. It talks more about the social angle and the preponderance of techies in the fandom. (I guess that's the link the Reg liked.) It touches on the fetishy mischaracterization from previous coverage and generally dismisses it, which was nice to see.

For my part, the questions were mostly about what connection I personally had with "furry" and a lot of questions about making and owning fursuits. In fact, that's where the odd quote about cleaning came from... The reporter actually called me and rather apologetically asked if she could use it as a transition out of the "taboo" subject. Meh. (But she gets points for properly checking before changing the context of a quote in an article.)

This article also mentioned that a large part of the fandom is not about fursuits. This is something that gets completely left out of most articles; you get the impression furry's like an offshoot of cosplay. Despite my own fursuit-centrism, it's nice to see that fact get out there.

I keep hoping that we can slowly get some positive (or just even-handed) press for the fandom. I like to think that we can get some real information out there, even if it isn't as exciting as the "juicy" stuff they make up about us for TV shows. :P
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[User Picture]From: loranskunky
2007-06-30 12:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was wondering about that. It's not too bad, but it could be better. Not too crazy about who ever this Howler person is (though I have some guesses). I don't like how they make it seem that Pounced.org is just for the Bay Area people as well as how they make it seem that the fandom is made up of geeks. Although as you said, at least they talk about other people besides fursuiters.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2007-06-30 02:50 pm (UTC)
He identified himself in this discussion.
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[User Picture]From: witchofnovember
2007-06-30 01:34 am (UTC)
Did the Vegan "rotweiller" make anybody else twitch?
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2007-06-30 02:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've got no idea what was up with that. I know a lot of furs that are almost proudly carnivorous. Ah well, to each their own.
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[User Picture]From: altivo
2007-06-30 02:20 am (UTC)
It's a better article, more even-handed than most we've seen in the past years. I'm glad they talked to you, that undoubtedly helped a lot. ;D On the other hand, it would be nice if they checked some of their information better.

I keep snickering about their wonderment at the concentration of furries in the Bay Area, as if there were some sort of cause and effect connection when in fact it's probably just because the Bay Area also has the highest concentration of gay men who are willing and eager to wear costumes of all sorts.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2007-06-30 02:59 pm (UTC)
I like to think I helped make the article a bit better. But it was really that the reporter was interested in finding out "what's behind the fetish stereotype" that was key.

the Bay Area also has the highest concentration of gay men who are willing and eager to wear costumes of all sorts.

Speaking as a straight costumer... Yeah, I won't argue that one. ;)
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[User Picture]From: kannik
2007-07-03 03:36 am (UTC)

Grats on the interview, article

Saw it this morning and thought "hey, I know him!" }:) Congrats on being part of the article, and in a level-headed way. -g-

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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2007-07-04 08:16 pm (UTC)

Re: Grats on the interview, article

Thanks. I was at least happy to get some good information out there.
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[User Picture]From: tastyeagle
2007-07-03 07:26 pm (UTC)
FYI, I totally love your first rat costume. I think it would still easily stand out as being way above average even in today's continually filling pool of animal costumes and fursuits.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2007-07-04 08:18 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks. Kind of you to say so but I think it's only mediocre. So many people are doing such artistic costumes these days!
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