A few weeks ago, I contacted a few large conventions and asked about the gender of their attendees in the dealers den compared to the rest of the con. I wanted to include this in my recent article, Furry Women at Furry Conventions, to supplement the IARP's focus group research.
I didn't get any responses in time for my article, in part because most conventions don't collect gender data. I finally have a single response. I'm not going to identify the convention, but it is one the ten biggest, with over 1000 attendees at the most recent event.
Here's the data:
- In the dealers den: 57% female
- Not in the dealers den: 12% female
This data comes with some caveats:
- The registration options were "male" or "female", so we lose any nuances around the spectrum of gender or biological sex.
- This includes all people who registered and paid, which means that no-shows are counted.
This data is relevant to my article, so please read it to put this in context (if you haven't done so already). The comments are worth reading too.
And—do any readers have access to convention data and would like to share?