Women who cosplay, a performance art in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea, are often subject to harassment and sexist remarks. This isn’t news to any woman who has dressed up previously at a cosplay event. Thankfully, this is getting more attention outside of the cosplay community. Recently at a New York ComicCon, BuzzFeed asked female cosplayers to share the creepiest thing that’s ever been said to them while they were in costume. Some if it is actually really awful. Women shouldn’t have to endure these kinds of remarks.

“Can I put my hand on your ass?!”

“Can I put my hand on your ass?!”

“Hey, wanna learn how to give a good massage?”

“Hey, wanna learn how to give a good massage?”

“Can I take my shirt off in the picture with you?”

“Can I take my shirt off in the picture with you?”

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“I bet with that creamy skin, you’d taste like a vanilla cupcake.”

 
“Wow, honey, nice legs!”

“Wow, honey, nice legs!”

“Are you married?”

“Are you married?”

"Can I touch your abs?"

“Can I touch your abs?”

“Look at the tits on that Scarlet Witch!”

“Look at the tits on that Scarlet Witch!”

“Cool! So now can you take off your shirt?”

“Cool! So now can you take off your shirt?”

“I’ve never been sexually attracted to a character before until now.”

“I’ve never been sexually attracted to a character before until now.”

[While cosplaying as Daenerys Targaryen]: “How does it feel to be raped by your boyfriend?”

[While cosplaying as Daenerys Targaryen]: “How does it feel to be raped by your boyfriend?”

"Woah. Too much breast."

“Woah. Too much breast.”

“You’re hot hot like a barbecue. Sizzle sizzle.”

“You’re hot hot like a barbecue. Sizzle sizzle.”

“My 4-year-old is coming tomorrow… This picture is for me. *WINK*”

“My 4-year-old is coming tomorrow… This picture is for me. *WINK*”

"...That ass."

“…That ass.”

“Will this costume help me get laid?”

“Will this costume help me get laid?”

“Girl, you all kinds of fine. Thor, you’re so lucky, dude.”

“Girl, you all kinds of fine. Thor, you’re so lucky, dude.”

“Would you like to handle my gems?”

“Would you like to handle my gems?”

“You can kill me, just fuck me first!”

“You can kill me, just fuck me first!”

Cosplay harassment has become such an important issue that Cosplayer Elizabeth Schweizer launched a project called “CONsent: The Importance of Treating Cosplayers with Respect”. Elizabeth had long been planning a project exploring cosplay and sexism, and decided that now was a better time than ever, after a member of the media harassed Lara Croft cosplayers earlier this year. Elizabeth explains what she’s learned in her experience with cosplay and by hearing others’ stories:

I was not surprised to hear many horrible stories from women and men alike. These can be as seemingly harmless and annoying as not asking for permission before taking a picture or bothering them for a picture or interview while they were taking a water or food break. But the majority of the stories were more serious and ranged from threats of violence to inappropriate touching, and from lewd facebook messages to stalking… The consensus is that it isn’t safe to be a woman in cosplay.

Here are some awesome images from CONsent: croftplay  

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Hopefully with more cosplayers speaking out, we can communicate that it is not okay to treat people like this. No matter what someone is wearing (or not wearing), it is not right to disrespect them and make them feel uncomfortable. Sources: Buzzfeed, Daily Dot