GeeksForCONsent’s Safety Audit Report: San Diego Comic Con 2014

It’s officially a week away from Comic-Con International 2015. After over a year of pressure for a more detailed policy, or any sort of promise for the convention to publicize or effectively enforce its harassment policy: SDCC has still not complied. Below is the gender-based safety audit conducted by GeeksForCONsent of the 2014 convention. Join us in demanding better from Comic-Con International!

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!

Tampa Comic Con: “You just kind of get used to [the harassment]”.

Cross-Posted from the Tampa Bay Ledger, Originally Posted on August 3, 2014.

 

After waiting in line several hours Friday to attend the event, Nash Thompson and her fiance, Anthony Spear, of Anna Maria, grabbed beers at a nearby tiki hut.

“At least six guys tried to take pictures of just her butt,” Spear, 25, said.

Once inside, they walked through the main expo on the second floor. As she passed one booth, Thompson, 22, said a man reached out and slapped a sticker on her breast that read: “I have been touched by the Almighty One … And it was good.”

“We’ve been doing these conventions long enough,” Spear said.

He paused.

“So, you know, you just kind of get used to it.”

Tampa Bay Comic Con did not have an anti-harassment policy at the 2014 convention.

SDCC 2008: Four incidents of harasment at SDCC 2008

Cross-posted from Bully’s Comics, Originally Posted August 15, 2008.

Overheard at San Diego Comic-Con while I was having lunch on the balcony of the Convention Center on Sunday July 27: a bunch of guys looking at the digital photos on the camera of another, while he narrated: “These were the Ghostbusters girls. That one, I grabbed her ass, ’cause I wanted to see what her reaction was.” This was only one example of several instances of harassment, stalking or assault that I saw at San Diego this time.

1. One of my friends was working at a con booth selling books. She was stalked by a man who came to her booth several times, pestering her to get together for a date that night. One of her co-workers chased him off the final time.

2. On Friday, just before the show closed, this same woman was closing up her tables when a group of four men came to her booth, started taking photographs of her, telling her she was the “prettiest girl at the con.” They they entered the booth, started hugging and kissing her and taking photographs of themselves doing so. She was confused and scared, but they left quickly after doing that.

3. Another friend of mine, a woman running her own booth: on Friday a man came to her booth and openly criticized her drawing ability and sense of design. Reports from others in the same section of the floor confirmed he’d targeted several women with the same sort of abuse and criticism.