Hell Hath No Furries

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Hell Hath No Furries is an article by Jennifer Abel that appeared in the Hartford Advocate on Thursday, November 1, 2007, in which she reported on her experiences as an undercover attendee at FurFright 2007.

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That's another difference between a Furry con and its sci-fi/fantasy predecessors: the majority of the Furries knew each other, either from earlier cons or Internet chat rooms. Walk through a sci-fi or comic con and you'll get no shortage of party invitations to check out some space-opera bootleg or a copy of the latest anime craze. I found no open invitations from strangers among the Furries.
   
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—Jennifer Abel, Hell Hath No Furries

   
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Every half-hour I went to the bathroom to take notes in a private stall, and at 9 p.m. wrote: "May as well have gone to a Catholic school Halloween party. The dance starts in half an hour. Maybe something will happen there."
   
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—Jennifer Abel, Hell Hath No Furries

   
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The Furry convention wasn't a sex thing but the exact opposite: an innocent world of children's-book animals, where a 3-year-old can roam with impunity and a maladjusted kid can enter the room with nobody leaving.
   
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—Jennifer Abel, Hell Hath No Furries

Critical reception

The internet version of the Hartford article spread quickly through the furry community, and earned a mention at Crush! Yiff! Destroy!.

While some were concerned that Ms. Abel had to 'sneak in' in order to report on the convention, many furries expressed relief at the positive tone of the article, despite the reporter's early misconceptions.

One example of furries who express relief: Staff member at Anthrocon and long-time furry Sam Conway, a.k.a. "Uncle Kage," has been recorded on several occasions mentioning this story, specifically the quote about a fur con being a "Catholic School halloween party." It was mentioned during the Anthrocon 2011 panel he hosted entitled "Presenting Furry Fandom to the Public."

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