Sometimes I wonder if I should get into cosplay myself. But then shit like this happens and I get turned off by the idea completely. Apparently dressing up as a cool character is invitation to every sort of criticism that would otherwise be completely inappropriate, justified by “well they’re not doing the character justice”.
RE: Big Girls In Costumes [x]
My girl, Rachel.
Rach is my girl, fat bottom girls (and skinny bottom girls) make the rocking world go round.
Wow. I’m sure you’ve all seen this girl’s fantastic tardis dress floating around here the last week or so. She hand painted the inside and everything, and she just looks plain great. But of course, I see it posted on facebook, and the slew of comments begin.
I don’t think it’s a mystery as to why I, as a bigger girl, spend the week before a convention crying because I’m so nervous about what people are going to say about me just because I want to dress up and have fun like everyone else. And there is something really, really fucking wrong with that.
This girl is as beautiful as she is clever! If we on Tumblr are only good for one thing, it’s turning situations like this around! Let’s signal boost this and get it back to her so she knows how much we love it! ALLONZ-Y
Some people need a reality check preferably with a baseball bat THIS IS FUCKING AWESOME and she is gorgeous.
Great outfit! Kudos, Tardis dress lady.
I LOVE THIS DRESS. And hate those assholes.
Oh my god if you’re going to judge someone’s cosplay you better learn your fucking shit because this is Duela Dent you goddamn assholes.
Perpetually laughing over the fact that “real gamer/comic book nerd” males keep insulting women for cosplaying things they’ve never even heard of
who’s the “fake geek” now, fuckers?
With the official “convention season” almost here, I decided to throw a new giveaway to help you guys out with your cosplays!
WHAT YOU WILL WIN:
$225 ($275 if you’re following me) worth of any cosplay items you would like!
(Wigs, contact lenses, fabric, ect!)
- You don’t have to be following me. (Though if you are, you’ll get $275 to spend instead of just $225)
- Reblog as many times as you’d like! (Though please be mindful of your followers.) Likes do count as well!
- You have to be comfortable with giving me your address so I can send you this stuff.
- I will cover all shipping costs and ship internationally!
This giveaway ends March 23rd 2013 at 11:59 p.m. PST
I’m not that big of a comics geek, but the whole “Fake Geek Girl” thing is incomprehensible to me. This comic seems to sum it up quite well.
holy fuck. u can assassinate me. omg im dying. yumyumyumyumyumyumyu
for some reason I feel like if I go look through the other reblogs, i won’t see insults, questioning if he’s even played the game, and complaints that this isn’t true to the traditional costume in the games. oh that’s right…only female cosplayers get such harassment. almost forgot that for a second.
I find it morbidly hilarious that in the same day that I see a post with three women wearing similar assassin’s creed cosplays and are called whores, I see this post with nothing but women swooning and compliments all around.please. I see your double standard.
~I bet he doesn’t even play Assassin’s Creed and he’s only dressing this way to get our attention.~
Casual sexism is requiring women fans to prove that they are “true” fans of comics, tv shows, etc.
Casual sexism and heterosexism is believing that women cosplayers only dress up to attract men.
At Comic Con today, I went as Black Cat. This is a shitty picture and there will be better ones of my whole costume coming up but I just want to say something.
Black Cat’s costume has a fair amount of cleavage (conservative compared to many other female comic characters but a good amount as far as what I’ve ever shown). I guess I was not surprised to have a couple men ask to pose with me and then do some doofy “WHOA LOOK AT THOSE KNOCKERS” poses. I just make a really ugly face when I see they’re doing it. One guy with the social graces of a lemur said to me “I was this close to wearing that same outfit. My breasts are large and supple and I think it would have been nice.” Nope. Stop talking.
But aside from guys being doofy and awkward (but clearly not foul-intentioned), I did have my first truly skeezy experience at Comic Con today.
And my first truly empowering moment as well.
This group of men from some kind of Stan Lee fan club blah blah internet video channel blah blah asked to interview with them on camera about Comic Con. I said well okay, sure. Camera is rolling. The “host” is a middle aged, rotund dude. It’s an all-male crew and lots of people (mostly guys) were beginning to crowd around. The following is the interview as burned in my mind. Keep in mind that I expected this to be about Comic Con in general.
- Him: I’m here with…
- Me: Mandy, aka Felicia Hardy aka Black Cat
- Him: ..And she is HOT. Do you think I’m hot enough to pull that off?
- Me: Uh, I’m not sure, I’ve never seen you in drag.
- Him: I’ve got a great ass. Go on, spank me.
- Me: (look at his large ass, popped up mere inches away from me then look into the camera like are you kidding me . No thanks. I may hurt you, I’m a lot stronger than I look.
- Him: Aw come on!
- Me: No, seriously. Stop.
- Him: Damn, alright! Well let me ask you an important question then…what is your cup size?
- Me: (big talk show smile) That is actually none of your fucking business.
- Him: Oh! I think that means to say she’s a C.
- Me: I actually have no breasts at all, what you see is just all of the fat from my midsection pulled up to my chest and carefully held in place with this corset. It’s really uncomfortable, I don’t know why I do it.
- Him: (to the male crowd) Aw, come on what do you guys think? C cup?
- —a few males start to shout out cup sizes as I stand there looking at this guy like this has to be a fucking joke, then look at the crowd and see that no amount of witty banter or fiestiness will stop making this whole thing fucking dumb. It was clearly a ploy to single out cosplaying women to get them to talk sexual innuendos and flirt with this asshole and let him talk down to them simply because they were in costume and were attractive. Whether I’m in a skintight catsuit or not, I’m a fucking professional in everything I do and I don’t need to play nice for this idiot.
- Me: This is not an interview, this is degrading. I’m done. (I walk away)
- Him: (clearly dumbfounded and surprised) ..Come on, it’s all in good fun!
- Me: Being degraded is fun? That was unprofessional and I hope that isn’t your day job because you can’t interview for shit, my man.
And the entire crew and the crowd were SILENT. NOTHING. SHOCK, HONEY. It felt like I was in a heated fog, full of rage and pride and I sashayed away feeling like the most badass motherfucker in the whole damn room, but kind of also on the verge of tears. A slow build of applause would have been appropriate, but from the looks on people’s faces, they were just completely not expecting me to do what I just did- which was really nothing more than speaking up for myself. It wasn’t something one should feel brave for doing but crazy for not doing when necessary.
It’s because many people at these cons expect women cosplaying as vixens (or even just wearing particularly flattering costumes) to be open/ welcoming to crude male commentary and lecherous ogling, like our presence comes with subtitles that say “I represent your fantasy thus you may treat me like a fantasy and not a human in a costume”. And maybe that will always be how the majority of people see us. But that does not mean we have to put up with shit that crosses the line, it does not mean we owe them a fantasy, it does not mean we dress up to have guys drooling over us and letting us know that we turn them on. It is not all about your dicks, gentlemen. So I encourage cosplaying women everywhere to be blunt and vocal with their rights, their personal boundaries, and their comfort level at conventions. I actually encourage girls to be brashly shameless about these things, to not be afraid to speak up if you feel uncomfortable and to let the person doing it know that they are crossing the line. Don’t keep quiet because you’re scared of what they might say or think- because if you say nothing they will continue to see what they’re doing as OK.
Edit: She’s also on Tumblr. She literally submitted a photo of her as FemShep just moments before I published these. I saw the little notification pop up and decided to look at it AFTER I posted this. Ha! :)
i just died
OH MY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD
can’t reblog this fast enough.
Also, they should add skin tone/race. If I see one more fucking otaku shitting on a PoC for not being “accurate” with cosplay I’m gonna kick some teeth in.
HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I SEEN THIS OMG.
THIS THIS THIS
Just look at the comments on these Mass Effect cosplays. Not just about body size, but critiquing everything ”wrong" with the women’s bodies, and ONLY the women. And of course all of the sexual objectification.
ARGH I need to stop looking at the comments I’m getting so pissed off.
DragonCon 2012 (by millermz)
Steampunk Harley Quinn cosplay, part 2