Fred Patten and furry fandom got a mention in the November issue of Flaunt, a high-end glossy fashion magazine that sells for $15.95 a copy.
Blogger “Patch O’Furr” at Dogpatch Press paged through their special Nine Lives issue that profiles cats and the Haute Monde, including furless sphinx cats and trendy Cat Cafés around the world, to find —
…Amidst all the cats, mentions in tiny type on page 81 of Mary E. Lowd as a furry fiction writer specializing in “cats in space”; “furry fandom founder” Fred Patten about what furry fandom is really like – Anthrocon, and furry conventions and other meetings around the world like Zillercon, an annual winter furry skiing event at a lodge in the Austrian or Swiss Alps (Patten says that most furry fans prefer to identify with feral animals, but they have cats as pets); and a profile of Dennis Avner (“Stalking Cat”), who had himself transformed surgically into a big cat (tiger).
Apparently the coverage passed muster with Patch, who has a long memory for any slighting description of furry fandom by mainstream media and demonstrates it by reciting half a dozen examples, like the one from Vanity Fair that reported furry cons are about “fans in fursuits having nonstop sex together.”
Just a suggestion, but people who want their corner of fandom treated with more respect don’t help themselves by giving a signal boost to ancient material. The whiff of resentment encourages the idea there’s some reason not to ignore the report.