Cosplay Is Not Consent: Sexual Harassment at Conventions


By Alyssa Torres (@H8Alyssa)

Whether you’re donning a cape or admiring con-goers in armor from afar, most of us can agree that one of the most thrilling parts of cons is cosplay. Shortened from “costume” and “play”, cosplay, the act of dressing as fictional characters, holds its spot as one of the most prominent aspects of geek culture and continues to grow in popularity.

What’s also growing is female presence at conventions, where female geeks can dress as their favorite superheroes and make their voices heard. According to Daily Mail, half of the 130,000 attendees at San Diego Comic Con 2015 were expected to be female while The Mary Suealso reported that the percentage of female attendees at New York Comic Con rose over 60% within three years.

People like to think conventions are a safe place and geek hub for all con-goers, but as the amount of…

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