This weekend I attended Califur , the annual Southern California Furry Convention, and talked to an attendee about misconceptions of the community. This infamous CSI episode being a prime example. Although there are late night adults-only workshops at the convention, none included blatant sex acts. The "Dealers Den" was the main expo dedicated to art and design. Media access at the convention was tightly controlled and restricted.
Sharing personal information brings people closer together. Verified by Psychology Today. However, fetishistic arousal may become a problem when it interferes with normal sexual or social functioning, or when sexual arousal is impossible without the fetish object. According to the DSM-5, fetishistic disorder is characterized as a condition in which there is a persistent and repetitive use of or dependence on nonliving objects such as undergarments or high-heeled shoes or a highly specific focus on a body part most often nongenital, such as feet to reach sexual arousal. Only through use of this object, or focus on this body part, can the individual obtain sexual gratification. In earlier versions of the DSM, fetishistic disorder revolving around nongenital body parts was known as partialism; in the latest version, partialism was folded into fetishistic disorder. Since fetishes occur in many normally developing individuals, a diagnosis of fetishistic disorder is only given if there is accompanying personal distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning as a result of the fetish.
Is Being a "Furry" Considered a Sexual Orientation?
The furry fandom is a subculture interested in anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics. The term "furry fandom" is also used to refer to the community of people who gather on the internet and at furry conventions. According to fandom historian Fred Patten , the concept of furry originated at a science fiction convention in ,  when a character drawing from Steve Gallacci's Albedo Anthropomorphics started a discussion of anthropomorphic characters in science fiction novels.
Nineteen people went to the hospital. Not a laughing matter. But the absurdity of seeing dozens of furries standing around in the Chicagoland cold, their fake-fur tails sticking out from ballroom gowns and coats, was just too much for Mika.