Can we please stop pretending like talking about our experiences as oppressed people on tumblr isn’t doing shit?
Because i’ve had many people say how what I blog/reblog has opened their eyes.
Aside from getting shit off your chest, isn’t that the point of it all, or at least an important portion? Like for real.
Please stop acting like “just talking” about this stuff isn’t actually doing something about it,because it fucking is.
If I go off about some shit involving privileges on my blog, okay no it’s going to change the entire world, but what the fuck does actually change the entire world? I’m happy knowing somebody read my post and came to me saying “i never saw it that way wow”
Seriously. Yeah, we’re a bunch of people on the internet. But guess who the fuck uses the internet? Real people who get offline and that shit sticks with them.
One of my favorite cosplayers, the amazing Roxanna Meta, has a new column up at the Comicimpact.com website, and it’s a doozy.
You may have seen Roxanna play a stunning Black Canary or an even more stunning genderbent female Aquaman at various conventions. In this article, she talks about some of the problematic behavior of people at these conventions, and some of the crap cosplayers have to put up with.
She also has a terrific tumblr, you should follow her!
When I first started in the industry, I enjoyed seeing cosplayers, but I didn’t really know any personally, so the motivations behind doing it were somewhat obscure.
The more I saw of it, the more I realized that the motivations are as varied as the cosplayers themselves, and they ranged from simply having fun up to very serious identification with the characters. But it was clear very quickly that for many, cosplay is a form of art in itself, body art, a kind of personal insertion that I found absolutely fascinating.
To me, these people have made themselves living canvases, they put their hearts out there, knowing full well some people won’t get it, some will be judgmental, and some will be unkind about trivialities.
But that is as far as it can be allowed to go. I have seen cosplayers swarmed, I have seen them harassed. I have stepped in on occasion, my husband has had to tell people several times to back off when they are clearly invading a cosplayer’s comfort zone.
So, I ask you all, be considerate. A person wearing a costume is still a person, and they’re NOT the person they are dressing as, so please don’t make assumptions about their behavior based on their outfit. Admire them, compliment them, but keep it respectful. And, I have to say, no one really cares if they don’t fit your personal headcanon of what that character should look like.They may not be the exact gender, age, body shape, or ethnicity that you think they should be. This is your problem, not theirs.
It takes guts to do what they do, and cons would suck without them.
Many cosplayers have posted rules of etiquette. Most should be self-evident. But basically, treat these people like human beings, respect their boundaries. And it wouldn’t hurt to keep a little eye out if it seems like they are getting overwhelmed. Be aware of where the con’s security is, just in case.
And it wouldn’t hurt for convention organizers to adopt a no tolerance policy for misbehavior. I have seen some cons have special areas where cosplayers can go and collect themselves if the crowds get overwhelming, that seems like a very helpful idea.
Anyway, go read the article!
Wow, wow wow. Thank you so much, Ms. Simone, for your incredibly sweet words and support. Thank you for adding a few points I didn’t think of, too. <3 You’re the best.