Tired of being sexually harassed while in costume at a convention?
It’s time to join the movement.
“Cosplay ≠ Consent” started as a photographic project by Sushi Killer of 16-Bit Sirens to teach the importance of treating cosplayers (those dressed in costume) with respect. It’s expanded to a worldwide movement with countless cosplayers and photographers chiming in empower women (and men!) to speak up about sexual harassment at conventions.
Sushi traveled to conventions around the country to photograph cosplayers with a whiteboard sign that says things like: “Cosplay ≠ Consent,” “Don’t touch my butt,” “Yelling ‘I’d f*** you!’ is not a compliment,” and “Not asking for it (even though my boobs are great).”
Sushi then invited photographers and cosplayers around the world to contribute photos to the project. She is no longer personally involved but her campaign lives on through cosplayers like Erika Badillo, a Lutz resident, who is organizing a Cosplay ≠ Consent photoshoot at this year’s Metrocon, Florida’s largest anime convention, held July 26-28 at the Tampa Convention Center.
There, cosplayers like Tori Shore, who is traveling from Washington D.C. to cosplay as Lady Celie from Kyo Kara Maoh at the popular convention, will be taking part in the shoot and has this to say about being harassed at a convention:
“ Look confident, [keep your] head up and if anything happens, just ignore it and walk away,” Shore said.
I’ll be there, will you?
For those of you who would like to participate, Bardillo has arranged a photographer to take photos of you in costume with a message on a whiteboard, which she will provide. It’s time to stop being silent and to join in on a cause that educates con-goers on what is and is not an appropriate way to interact with people in costume.
RSVP to the Facebook event here and keep an eye out for post-convention coverage of the Cosplay ≠ Consent event.