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COSPLAY =/= CONSENT, HOWEVER.....

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 19, 2013, 7:27 PM
  • Mood: Grouchy
  • Listening to: Daft Punk- "Get Lucky"
  • Reading: Naruto
  • Watching: A Dose Of Buckley
  • Playing: Bioshock Infinite
  • Eating: Ratatouille
  • Drinking: Tea


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.

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DangVietMichael Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
As a guy that just adores people's beautiful craftsmanship and as well as "cosplay" of people I just love e.g. I don't see /have not seen why people get so butthurt. I read peoples fb cosplay pages about how they last minute spend so much effort making their costumes before a con. As if they wouldn't want their costume to be shared. Also those who actually buy costumes, the amount of money spent, same thing. I always ask a person's permission to take a photo, its not about cosplay, its in general. To organise an online strike against a person, its the internet, worse its just fb. Theres far more worse things then a guy telling you the truth, eg pervertion or really strong guy hugging you at a con and breaking something
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AshBimages Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Photographer
Expect ≠ Accept.

You have to expect that there are going to be people who take their behavior too far at cons. Its NOT THE SAME as accepting the people who take their behavior too far at cons.

No matter what you where. No matter where you are, you have to be conscious of yourself and do what you can to protect yourself.

THAT IS NOT SAYING THAT IT IS YOUR FAULT IF SOMETHING DOES HAPPEN.

Just do as much as you can to avoid dangerous situations.

And if something does happen to you, GET HELP.

-AshB
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Shoji-Aoyama Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
I was linked here by a friend, and jumped back on my very inactive dA account to post back, because I like this so much

and I wont get into any of that other craziness since ive dealth with enough of it on my Facebook. . . but that last bit on Beethy. . . a very wonderful, and well known name in our community. . . getting called out for knowing his rights, and everything else is frankly disgusting, and disturbing. Looking at some of the threads and what not spawned from the whole issue, I will openly admit I was at one point fearing for my own safety and that of my equipment in a Convention environment. Needless to say thats very detrimental to the creative process to the point where I was debating just ending it and withdrawing from the active circuit. I dont know how many others feel this way, but if cosplay photographers are thrown under the same blanket and further antagonized, the outlook for the future gets pretty dim as Cosplayers dont get the pictures they so desire

anyways, thats me, and my rather detached view of things. . . but again, Thank You, for having a level head, and some common sense, the Cosplay Community could use more like you :)
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Vera-Chimera Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thankyou for this! Great to get your input on the issue, aswell :D
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Dickywebster Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
It worries me that some people go to these kind of lengths because of a difference of opinion...

Though why are they giving their side a bad name because a small group gave the other side a bad name?
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Adravis Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Very well reasoned and well argued. I like your separation of responsibility. I think a lot of people think that wanting something somehow translates into their right to have it. In a perfect world cosplayers would somehow get the attention they wanted exactly and cosplay viewers would get to give the exact attention that wanted to give but obviously these things are frequently not going to mix in the real world. A line has to be drawn as to what is ok and what isn't and it seems you have reasoned what that is well. Or at least, I agree with what you're saying.
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Mathematic-Hack Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I completely agree with your point. In no way are unwanted sexual advances okay, whether in costume or in every-day clothes.

While that is true, it's important for people dressing up to understand that while it is wrong, it's going to happen. Unfortunately the world isn't perfect, and hopefully the environment you're in is a safe one, but there is always someone who will spoil things. There are people who just don't understand boundaries. Because of that, it takes a mature person to make the right decisions if they're going to cosplay. If you don't think that you can handle the occasional situation in which a pervert acts inappropriately, you might want to re-think what you'll dress as, and how. It's totally shitty that the world is like that, and no, it's not fair at all. Everyone should be able to live life to the fullest-- unmolested by invasion of any kind, but our world just isn't like that.

There's a reason why we still lock our doors when we leave our homes, you can just never be too comfortable.

Don't be ashamed though, if you aren't the type of person who can't handle the 'extreme' unwanted attention, it's smart to understand your own limits, besides, no one should have to deal with that.
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h1dek1 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student General Artist
agreed with you
the common sense is the best for everyone
what they are doing is clearly, affecting people that don't have done nothing
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SparklesStorm Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In a way, some people are choosing characters that are... huum a little too much but hey, if they choose that character instead of another, they know they're going to attract a lot of attention from photographers...
To blame them after is sadly ironic and absolutely wrong.
...We're all adult here.
These women has gone too far... I really hope they're going to leave your friend alone.
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Vera-Chimera Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
People know that when they choose a fleshy costume, they're gonna get attention, but some can't deal with that. The cosplayer isn't wrong in their thinking, but still have to be aware of the people around them.

If I'm wearing a skimpy costume, I'm always careful. If I'm going up stairs, I cover my bum; if I notice certain people above me, I move or cover my cleavage; etc.
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