Alright. I feel this needs to be made after hearing so many horror stories and having my fair share as well.
Just to let you guys know this is going to be a bit of a rant, so I apologize for the length and possibly strong language. This is in no way directed at an individual person. This is a general addressing of the masses.
We all go to conventions to have fun, hang out and just enjoy ourselves. It's a nice break from society where we can be our weird selves without worrying about being judged. It's a chance for us to relax and meet people with similar interests as us. Generally all the people I meet at cons are absolute sweethearts. I've made some wonderful friends over the years and I wouldn't trade them for anything.
But every now and then, someone feels the need to ruin it for everyone. Whether intentional or not, there are certain things that are just not okay.
The first thing I'm going to say is BE AWARE OF YOUR COSTUME. If you have a costume with large sharp object jutting off in different directions, just be aware of it. Walk carefully around the con and make sure you don't put yourself in a situation that will endanger you, and/or others. Remember to have a handler if you really need one. Just have a friend help you. It's fine to have big props and costumes, and I personally love it. Just make sure everything is safe. It would be an absolute shame if all your hard work was ruined or if someone got hurt. This is basically also stating that you should be well acquainted with the con rules as well. Each con is different so make sure you read them over!
Families often attend conventions. Trying to keep things PG-13 will work out for everyone's best interest. This goes for costumes and language as well. I'm not saying you can't wear a revealing costume, like Rikku or Yoko Littner, just don't...I don't know...strip? Most people are really respectful about this. Costumes (at least at the cons I've gone to.) haven't really been a problem. Screaming vulgarities, however, has. There are children at these conventions. It is completely inappropriate to be shouting "FUCK" at the top of your lungs. Seriously, don't do it. Just be considerate. Not even a large group of adults would really want to hear that.
RESPECT OTHERS! People come in all shapes and sizes. It's not up for you to decide who can cosplay what. Regardless if someone, made, bought, or borrowed their costume, they deserve the same respect as everyone else. People put a lot of hard work, time and money into these costumes. It's really not fair to judge others so harshly. I've seen good costumes on all body types and remember….EVERYONE STARTS SOMEWHERE!!! My first costume sucked! I'll admit it! But I didn't care. Because I had my friends and I was having fun. This just for fun, guys. It's a hobby. We should all be allowed to enjoy it.
Then on a different end of the spectrum….DO NOT HARRASS PEOPLE. It is okay to compliment someone, it's okay to tell them they look nice. It's okay to say they are pretty or cute. It's less okay to say they are hot. Less okay to call them sexy. It is completely inappropriate to say you want to fuck them. Hitting on someone, and harassing someone are two completely different things. Even then, hitting on someone can be really annoying and unwanted. Respect people! Seriously. I've personally been harassed several times and it's not fun. It's demeaning. It hurts. It makes you feel like an object and not a person. No one should have to feel this way. Ever. This is meant to be fun.
I think that's all I have to say on the subject right now. But I genuinely want to know what you guys think. What do you consider convention etiquette? What experiences have you had? Good or bad? Anything.
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Watching: Adventure Time
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