There have been numerous reports of cosplayers being groped/sexually assaulted at San Diego ComicCon 2014. Now it looks like someone was violently physically assaulted.
If you live in the San Diego area and/or attended ComicCon and saw this girl, perhaps saw someone giving her a hard time or saw who she might left with, saw her outside the Con, please contact the SD police.
I hope she is going to be o.k..
What is also shocking are the large number of voices, male and female, saying that these cosplaying women should have expected it/deserved it because of what they were wearing.
This is Taliban-style thinking that essentially says that men are animals only responding to stimuli and that it is up to women to be responsible for men’s actions.
B.S.! Men are human beings and the vast majority of them behave themselves with civility and basic human respect. The ones that do not? They are not fucking five. It is not women’s job to be responsible for what those men chose to do. If a man can’t control and keep his hands to himself around women, then like a misbehaving pet they should be kept at home until they learn how to behave.
I hate to buy into sweeping term, but a large amount of the public’s reaction to the Stubenville rape case and others that have followed, now this, shows me that yes, we do have a rape culture. We do have a large number of people in the U.S. that believe that people “deserve” to be raped.
For the men who believe so, it is absolving responsiblity for whatever they chose to do women. For the women it is a comforting fallacy they buy into that states, “If I wear the right clothes and behave the right way, this will never happen to me.”
That’s also B.S.
Cosplay, no matter how scanty, does not hurt anyone.
Groping and assaulting someone does hurt someone.
It is the responsibility of the groper/rapist to not grope/rape. It is their responsiblity alone.
And I will say again, I have been a geek all my 42 years and I have never seen the sexism in the community like what has popped up in the last five.
Seriously, if Foamy says it’s a big problem, it’s a big problem.
This is no way acceptible. There is no way we should be allowing this in our ranks. This is our house. We need to get rid of this shit.