Look, Don’t Touch, and Don’t Look?: Cosplay and Objectification at Cons

You know, there was a time when going to a CON was pretty much on my bucket list of things to do. I’m not *nearly* as motivated to attend them as I used to be. “Unwanted looking” in costume? Ok…no really. Outside of lewd attempts to take pictures, there’s nothing there that shouldn’t be fixable with, “Please allow me some space.”

But people don’t go for manners anymore. Nope, now it has to be sensitivity training and sapping the soul out of everything fun.

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[Caution, this post contains a blend of serious content and satire. If you don’t want to read about the latest hurricane in a petri dish, skip today’s post and I’ll have lighter content later this week.]

So, once again, problems arose at a large Con because of costumes and the, shall we say, overly touchy (both the cosplayers and the observers.) Which lead to cries for written harassment policies, mandatory anti-harassment and awareness training for all Con personnel, and complaints about “objectification” of (mostly) women.

First things first: here’s the original AP article, and I’m certain more will appear around the blogosphere this week, given the size and importance of San Diego ComicsCon. Here’s the official ComicsCon policy. In short – harassment is not tolerated, if someone is harassed, they are to go to Con security and let them know, and the harasser can be tossed out and…

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