Sushi Killer at 16-bit Sirens has a post up about a new photo project she’s been working on: asking cosplayers about their experiences with unwanted behavior, photographs, and physical contact at cons, and then asking them to pose with a whiteboard containing a personal message or the phrase “Cosplay ≠ Consent.” Says Killer:
These [incidents of unwanted behavior] can be as seemingly harmless and annoying as not asking for permission before taking a picture or bothering them for a picture or interview while they were taking a water or food break. But the majority of the stories were more serious and ranged from threats of violence to inappropriate touching, and from lewd facebook messages to stalking.
Her photo set already includes cosplayers both male and female, and even cosplay photographers who want to send a message to other folks who do what they do. If you’d like to know more about the CONsent project or even participate, I can’t recommend reading her entire original post enough. Here are some of the photographs she’s gotten so far:
(via Cosplaying While Black.)