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Post Reply Harassed while Cosplaying
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Posted 11/30/13
I've never experienced anything that I would go so far as to label "harassment," although I have had more of these "advances" (i.e., "Wanna come back to my room later?") by non-cosplaying convention attendees than I would like. However, these advances haven't occurred when I'm with another person (either a male or female friend), so I would definitely recommend the buddy system.
I don't believe that there is any 100% full-proof guaranteed way to avoid unwanted attention/advances/harassment, but being in a group, or at least with one other person, definitely helps.
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Posted 12/15/13
I've never been harassed at a convention. Mostly because I've only been to one convention and I went as a cat (Because last minute cosplay.).

but, when I hear about stories about harassment to cosplayers at conventions, it does bother me and kind of scares me to go a convention alone or with a group of friends in cosplay.

Since I'm going to be Ririyicho from Inu x Boku SS for next year's convention, I'm being very cautious since it's one of the big conventions around Texas.;;
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Posted 12/19/13
When I was 16, in 2003, I cosplayed as Chii in a pink lolita dress. Chii from the anime Chobits. It was at San Diego Comic Con. Back then there wasn't awareness about convention harassment and cosplayers. A lot of guys asked me inappropriate questions (Chii is an android and her on/off switch is erm, well it's between her legs.) so they said some things to me about that. There was also too much touching me and god only knows how many stupid up-skirt photos got taken when I didn't pay attention. I was really naive back then so I didn't think much about these guys crossing lines and that I should have told someone. Luckily I wasn't alone at the convention, I had a friend with me so I wasn't worried about my safety like being followed or anything. Guys get harrassed too. I talked to a very nice Sebastian Michaelis from Black Butler cosplayer at PMX Los Angeles recently and asked how bad the fangirls get. (If you don't know the character, girls go crazy for him. Literal crazy.) He said it gets pretty bad and he was retiring the cosplay partially because of all the fangirling. He didn't go into detail, but to want to ditch the cosplay tells me it must have been kinda bad.
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