I think all cosplayers have been brought to the attention of the latest fad sweeping every convention, forum, blog, vlog, and practically everywhere else... the whole "cosplay =/= consent" thing.
Do I support this ideal? Absolutely. Everyone who knows me knows I do, considering I own a pair of boobs and all that comes with being a woman.
However, this trend had caught the attention of feminazi's [feminist nazi's, aka. flailing vaginas] who are taking matters far and beyond and making rules of their own, even attacking individuals who say they've gone too far. Now this, I don't stand for.
But here's what I stand for...
I'm a cosplayer. I choose to cosplay.
I choose which cosplays I'd like to make.
Nobody forced it onto me. It's my decision.
My decision to cosplay a certain character inevitably affects how people look at me, whether they adore my character, barely look at me, or stare at all my flesh.
As said above, I chose to wear that costume. My choice.
Everyone is equal at conventions. You all paid the same fee to get in, you're covered by the same rules.
Like it or not, there's perverts at conventions. And like it or not, I may get unwanted attention.
This attention is discouraged by any sane person, but you cannot control it.
Of course, if there's any unwanted verbal or physical contact, the perpetrator should be punished. Publicly shamed, even. Security should be called, and the individual should be banned from ever attending that convention again.
The cosplayer should never be blamed.
Again, the cosplayer should never be blamed.
But every choice has a consequence, and you must acknowledge that, whether you're in costume or not.
People have the right to take your photos. You're in a PUBLIC convention. No law protects you [except if the camera is concealed].
You don't want that kind of attention but you wanna wear the costume? Do a private shoot. Sign a TF form.
Want to avoid unwanted attention altogether at all costs? Choose your costumes wisely then. Simple.
Whether your male or female, you can be a victim, but don't take it overly personal.
Oh, and lastly...
When your pointed with the facts, don't go on a tyrant rage saying how this is 100% wrong.
The last part is in relation to my friend beethy
[the guy who takes most of my pics], who's recently been attacked by a psychotic group of feminazi's because he pointed out some facts they didn't want to hear. Some are listed above in my statement. They didn't like what they heard. In fact, all they wanted to hear was that all men are perverts, people can't take photos without permission, and cosplayers have full rights at conventions when it comes to interactions with non-cosplayers.
Now because of this, he's been mercilessly attacked by this group. They're run a campaign to kick him off cosplayphotographers.com, they've locked his Facebook account, and they're sending him horrible emails and even trying to hack his address. I honestly didn't want to believe it when I heard/saw what was happening. These actions are embarrassing on the feminiazi's end. It shows how far a hissy-fit can take some people!
I think with every culture and/or subculture, the overly fanatic can go too far. Cosplay is a hobby. It's a choice. It's fun. It's what you make of it. Simple.
I welcome and encourage discussion of the topic.