Cosplay Is Not Consent

As this year’s Dragon*Con starts tomorrow and both my wives will be there working – transporting the celebrity guests to and from the airport and generally being their handlers while there – and in costume part of the time, here’s a simple PSA for you all…

Cosplay Is Not Consent
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Let me reiterate and expand upon this message. No matter how sexy the babes’ costumes are – and many are and will be very sexy – it is not a indication of consent.

Look But Don’t Touch

Yes! They have given consent to be looked at. Indeed, if you can exhibit some level of manners and discretion, looking is wanted and actively encouraged. In many cases, even a bit of ogling is desired – that is why they’re dressed that way and that is the sort of attention they’re seeking. And yes, they’ve tacitly consented to be photographed if and when and only if and when it doesn’t require they’re involvement in the process.

They have NOT, however, consented to any of the following behaviors:

  • Being touched in any manner;
  • Catcalled or otherwise verbally assaulted;
  • Followed around, especially into elevators and such;
  • Stopped to be photographed, either on their own or with you.

If you want to do any of the above – and some of that you shouldn’t want to do – ask politely, showing at least as much courtesy as you would show towards a woman not in costume. Play it cool and respectfully, gentlemen, and you might just be surprised at what these babes will consent to. Play it otherwise and you you might just be painfully shocked by what they, the other con goers, and convention security do by way of reprisal.

Related Reading:

Essential Guide to Sexual Assault and Rape - Campus and College Student Victimization, Not Alone: White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault, Alcohol on Campus
The Sexual Trauma Workbook for Teen Girls: A Guide to Recovery from Sexual Assault and Abuse (Instant Help Books for Teens)
Sexual Assault: The Victims, the Perpetrators, and the Criminal Justice System
Sargent's Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas
America: A Narrative History (Brief Tenth Edition)  (Vol. 1)

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Non-Discerning Feminists

One of the Pillars of Feminism, at least the modern, degenerate Toxic Wave of the movement, is the use of false equivalencies and a total lack of discernment. Certainly, they are woefully stereotypically bad at math and the underlying logic of mathematics.

She Needs Feminism because she believes that men can rape with their minds
She Fears Being Raped By Men’s Minds?

Lest you mistakenly believe that the perniciously stupid female depicted above is an anomaly or statistical outlier, consider the recent efforts of some of the female editors at The Huffington Post to publicize what they feel is “Street Harassment.”

Feminists – Not The Most Discerning Of People

The things that they alleged men either said to them or that they merely overheard being said about them ranged from the pleasant, through the innocuous, and into but the seriously creepy and the pathetically crude. Yet the non-discerning Feminists of HuffPo present them together as if each were perfect examples of what they define as Street Harassment.

Yes, that’s right! Modern feminists draw no distinction between, “Smile” or “Can I ask you a question? Are you single?” and “I will bite off your tongue” or “Hey, Slut! Nice tits!” Nor do they perceive any difference between what is said to them and what they manage to overhear being said to someone else, presumably another man.

What makes their presentation of their agenda-driven slant of the facts is what they immediately follow their pictorial screed with:

Need help? In the U.S., visit the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline operated by RAINN. For more resources, visit the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s website. To learn more about street harassment head over to Hollaback!.

Directly, if tacitly, equating looks, whistles, honks, kissing noises, and various phrases with rape is just wrong and disgusting. Not only does it utterly devalue the threat of- and pain of suffering from actual rape, it creates a climate of gender-based fear that paints men as always being rapists or, at least, sexual predators by defining such “harassment” as an implicit threat of- and prelude to rape.

Yes, these Toxic Wave Feminists are very non-discerning. I assume this is because it’s more “fair” to foster the idea of a one-size-fits-all victimhood.

Related Reading:

Feminist Fight Club: A Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace
The Rape of the Mind: The Psychology of Thought Control, Menticide, and Brainwashing
We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out
Women: Images & Realities, A Multicultural Anthology
The Feminist Lie: It Was Never About Equality

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