Creating a safer convention experience

In January of 2013, the owners of Cosplay Deviants, LLC started collaborating stories and information based on the abundance of incidents they had heard about online and from their own models and members... and CosplayIsNOTConsent.org was created.

The idea is a simple one... the culture of Cosplay is one of fun, creativity, and mutual respect. Unfortunately, we saw a lack of the “respect” part at conventions around the world. So we decided to start working with the fans and conventions to create programs, educational panels and policies to help protect and react to unwanted behavior. Cosplay is NOT Consent - despite what you’re wearing no fan should accept inappropriate behavior from their peers.


About The Movement

The post heard 'round the world.

In late 2012, a young fashion and costume designer named Mandy attended a convention dressed as the comic book character Black Cat.  Per her own description, “Black Cat’s costume has a fair amount of cleavage” and, thus, likely to attract attention.

Let’s face it: whether you are creating a costume that is sexy, elaborate, colorful, or all of the above - cosplay is designed to attract attention.  It’s meant to celebrate being a fan by making the fictional seem fantastically real.  Attention, though, doesn’t not grant consent to act inappropriately.

Mandy was harassed by a group of guys under the pretense of interviewing her about her costume.  She tells the whole story here.

As of this writing, that Tumblr post has over 90,000 responses... a sign that Mandy’s story was not unique.  Her story popped up all over the Internet on websites like The Mary Sue, Bleeding Cool, and even Jezebel.

Not Alone

Soon the Internet was on fire with others telling similar stories... cosplayers dressed as a character from comics, video games, etc. being inappropriately spoken to and even HANDLED - all “justified” because of the way they were dressed and as the owners of the largest cosplay-based adult site in the world, CosplayDeviants.com, we often saw this behavior first-hand. The problem soon seemed like less of a series of incidents and more of an epidemic. For some reason, many convention attendees believe that acting this way and treating cosplayers this way is normal. The rest of us, though, know better, and that's where the education and prevention of the Cosplay is NOT Consent movement comes in.

Together we can create a safer environment for convention attendees

"Working with the fans and conventions to create programs, educational panels and policies to help protect and react to unwanted behavior."

Participating Conventions

The following conventions have put together programs to help protect their attendees from unwanted interactions. Click on the links below to be directed to their individual policies on how to recognize and report improper behavior.

Contact

Get in contact with us

contact@cosplayisnotconsent.org