I’ve been reading up on the “Cosplay is Not Consent” movement, and I think it’s a fantastic idea.
Given that SDCC will be my first con that I’m cosplaying at (still going as Tomar-Re, so far as I’m aware of. I was out last weekend looking at PVC pipe for his trident), I have to admit I’m nervous.
While I don’t expect to get creeped on (one of the “upsides” of cosplaying a male, alien character I guess?), stranger things have happened… but, I trust the Fanterns will be respectful of personal space (especially since I can get p. Larfleeze-y about my own, haha) when it comes to fellow GLTAS cosplayers at the con.
Either way, I’m glad the movement exists, and I think people ought to be more aware of it, imho.
Just to forewarn you, while it is less common, you can get creeped on (or personal space invaded) even in crossplay. From young female slash fans who don’t seem to fully comprehend that you are still a person in the outfit, not a fictional character. (Thank goodness for the ban on yaoi paddles, and watch out for the squealing run that precedes a “glomping” attempt.) To the time a man grabbed my ass while taking a photo with me while I was in crossplay. (I was dressed as Shizuo from Durarara!! and standing with a beautiful pvc-clad Celty.) Crossplay or non-human costumes don’t stop the bad folk.
I hate that it needs to be said, because it shouldn’t be this way, but be aware of your surroundings, have friends with you if you can, and ask for help or back-up if you need it. Fellow cosplayers can usually be counted on for support, and the con staff should be.
However, I’ll tell you now, SDCC’s anti-harassment policy is particularly terrible. They don’t post the policy anywhere online, and the one they send to volunteers and staffers outlines a need to report it in writing with proof, and that it will take a minimum of 24 to 48 hours before they act on reports.
Even as an experienced con attendee I have to remind myself of these things because I get angry and my friends and I are accustomed to running interference, but we are NOT used to contacting staff because they so often do nothing is also an ingrained experience.