"Is Ahlund aware that his CD cover mirrors a kinky sex cult whose members are known as furries?”
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Here's my letter.
I was dismayed to see music critic Tom Lanham's statement that furries are "a kinky sex cult" in his 21 March review of the Swedish group "Teddybears". He must be getting his information from stand-up comics: In ten years of being part of the furry community, I've seen nothing that would justify this libel.
Furries are, instead, simply fans of art that mixes human and animal forms. In their private moments you'll typically find furries reading comic books or building costumes.
Mr. Lanham would do well to spend time among actual furries, for example at the annual "Further Confusion" convention in San Jose (furtherconfusion.org), which draws about 2,000. Or, if he'd rather not travel, a browse through the 6,500-article encyclopedia wikifur.com will set him straight.
--Tom "Tom Howling" Geller