Hi guys! Long time no see. You can blame me being internetless for the better part of two months.
But today, I'm using the work internet to post because I think this is important.
A lot of people I know here I have met through cosplay. I am deeply grateful to all of you for putting up with me these past years. I've always had so much fun cosplaying. And that is all because of the awesome people I meet at conventions and can safely hang around with.
Sadly, this isn't universal. I'm pretty sure we've all had to deal with creepers at cons, people who come up asking for a photo and grope you as they stand beside you, people who ask inappropriate questions and/or make inappropriate comments… Lately some shocking stories have been surfacing, and it's about time we did something about it.
The great gals at 16bitsirens.com have come up with an awesome initiative. It's beautiful in its simplicity. Take a whiteboard with you and write whatever you feel. They're mostly going for "Cosplay =/= consent", which I think is pretty self-explanatory.
The always awesome and I are going with this. We'll be asking people to pose with these. Feel free to refuse. But before you do, take a look at the page: [link] and read some of the stories there (mostly in the comments). Or read some of the links (perhaps the one where a "journalist asked a group of Lara Croft cosplayers, some of them underage, a very perturbing question) to see how bad some of what is going on in our no-longer-so-little community.
And please feel free to join in the initiative. Let's get the message across, shall we?