I will soon be working with Feminist Public Works (www.feministpublicworks.com) to write about issues in street harassment and harassment at conventions. My first venture with FPW will be on their Geeks for CONsent project (www.geeksforconsent.org) which fights to publicize the fact that Cosplay does not equal consent. As such, Geeks for CONsent has started a petition to urge San Diego Comic Con to formally adopt an anti-harassment policy. The hope is that since SDCC is one of the most popular cons in the world, their adoption of an anti-harassment policy will set a precedent for other cons to follow.
We will also be at Philadelphia Comic Con on Saturday June 21st collecting signatures for the petition!
On a personal note, I have never been harassed at a convention because I have been fortunate enough to be accompanied by my significant other and 1-2 other male friends. I wouldn’t necessarily have a problem going to a convention by myself, but I would definitely be more guarded and uncomfortable (I.E. the oogling I’ve experienced walking into a game or comic shop alone.) I have, however, been street harassed numerous times when I am walking by myself and know how infuriating, degrading, and annoying it is. I hope to never be harassed at a convention because they are *supposed* to be a safe place in which a person can celebrate and enjoy what they love. I find it extremely disgusting, unfortunate, and shocking that there have been countless people, not always just women, who have been harassed at a con. Please visit http://www.geeksforconsent.org to read the first hand experiences of people who have been harassed at cons.