Last month at PAX East, the issue of cosplayers being treated inappropriately reared its ugly head once again when a group a group of Lara Croft cosplayers got some unwelcome commentary from a member of the press. His excuse was that they were cosplaying so they were asking for it.
Not only was he later banned from attending any future PAX East conventions, but his completely ridiculous assumption has inspired the people at 16-bit Sirens to do something to see that it doesn’t happen to other cosplayers. Their project is called CONsent and it involves cosplayers holding a sign that says simply “Cosplay =/= Consent” (or something similar) in photographs. A simple way to spread the word.
Just like the idea that no matter what a cosplayer is wearing, no matter how revealing and no matter how sexy, no one has the right to treat them like a piece of meat. Cosplay most definitely does not equal consent.
See more pictures from the project after the break…