GeeksForCONsent’s Philly Wizard World Geek Girl After Party: May 9, 6pm

Join us for a geek girl celebration Saturday night after Wizard World Philadelphia! Meet us at Field House Bar and Grill from 6pm to 8:30 pm. Swag for the first 30 guests who show up in costume! Space is limited! Advanced guest list is required, but doesn’t guarantee entrance. Only the first 100 guests will be allowed admission. Free admission with a Wizard World badge, $5 cover otherwise. While this party is a space for all those comic con lovers who are women and LGBTQ identified, straight/cis geek boys are also welcome!

Showcase your cosplay at the slow-motion photo booth, and enter the costume contest for fun prizes; and enjoy custom superheroine drinks, geek girl trivia with prizes, food, music, and of course swag for the first 30 in costume!

Feel free to transition from our Geek Girl after party to the official Wizard World Philly after party that will immediately follow at the same venue.

Drink and Food Specials:
$5 Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel cocktails, $4 Yards and Victory Drafts
$5 Appetizers (Double Smoked Bacon Popcorn with candied peanuts and sea salt; Hummus platter; Kettle Chips (beer braised short rib, Fresno chilies, smoked Gouda fondue, tomato salsa)).

Thank you to our sponsors, The Daily News, Wizard World Philadelphia, and Geek Girl Brunch Philadelphia!

The GeeksForCONsent Geek Girl After party is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone to celebrate their fandoms, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of party guests in any form. Guests violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the party at the discretion of the organizers. Our anti-harassment policy can be found here.

Dudes are welcome to join our space, but be aware that this is not an event designed for picking up other attendees. Be mindful of how much space you are taking and how you could be impacting the fun of others around you. If you are found to be making other attendees uncomfortable, we won’t hesitate to kick you out!

Harassment Policy for Geek Girl After Party 2015

 The 2015 GeeksForCONsent Geek Girl After party Saturday May 9 is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of party guests in any form. Guests violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the party at the discretion of the organizers.
 
Harassment includes verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination (related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion); sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention. Guests asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
 
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the party. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Party staff can be identified by their GeeksForCONsent buttons.
 
Party staff will be happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.
Dudes are welcome to join our space, but be aware that this is not an opportunity to flirt with other attendees. Be mindful of how much space you are taking and how you could be impacting the fun of others around you. If you are found to be making other attendees uncomfortable, we won’t hesitate to kick you out!

Comikaze’s anti-harassment policy, thorough and publicized! (Los Angeles, 10/31-11/01/14)

Comikaze has been doing a great job with their anti-harassment efforts. The convention has been advertising their stance on “Cosplay =/= CONsent” since the Spring, and has always been vocally anti-harassment. This year, in the weeks leading up to the convention, they’ve been posting their policy and posters on social media in anticipation of the convention.

From Facebook:

hey friends #cosplaynotconsent remember the rules when you want to take a photo with a fellow attendee . Just a friendly reminder that we do not tolerate harrasment of any kind at #comikaze. Please read our Harrasment Policy on our site. Please report any incidents ASAP . If you are found to be doing something CREEPY we will remove you.http://comikazeexpo.com/harassment-policy #Comikaze14

Their harassment policy clearly defines how to report harassment with staff and volunteers trained to take reports seriously. And the policy defines parameters for people who don’t have the common sense telling them not to harass.

And these are the large (fun!) posters that will be at the convention space:

 

Their approach goes to show that we don’t need to take down the fun, celebratory mood in order to do a good job setting boundaries for convention spaces. If you go to the convention, let us know how it was! We are definitely bummed to be missing it this year! If you are there, use hashtags #Comikaze and #Comikaze14 to share stories and pics!

Sigvn (Thor) stalked while cosplaying with his girlfriend (cosplaying as Loki): AnimeFargo 2014

Submitted September 28, 2014

This past weekend I was up in Fargo, North Dakota for the first ever AnimeFargo. It was a Saturday and my boyfriend and I were cosplaying Loki and Sigyn from the Thor comics. We had just gotten there and were sitting in a panel when a girl who was in Homestuck cosplay came up and without asking started stroking his shoulder and asking him for a picture. My boyfriend and I just sat there in horror. To avoid any more of the stroking he went and took a picture. I heard him mention very blatantly to the girls that he was “cosplaying with my girlfriend” in hopes that after the picture he would be left alone. After the panel was over we went to the vendors room and after about 10 minutes the girls found us again and offered my boyfriend a flower and Vaseline as a “Token of their love”. Needless to say we found it totally weird and we threw both of them away. After about 45 minutes they found us again and demanded my boyfriend give a furry a hug or they were “Going to lick him”.

Gamergate 2014: Online harassment of women in gaming

Cross-posted from PBS NewsHour (youtube), originally aired on October 16, 2014.

“Members of the gaming community launched a campaign in August called Gamergate as a response to allegations of unethical journalism. But it has grown to include outright threats against women who work in or critique the industry. Hari Sreenivasan talks to one of the targets of the harassment, Brianna Wu of Giant Spacekat.”