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Amy Reeder creates signs for NYCC’s new anti-harassment policy

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Amy Reeder, who redesigned the Brooklyn Defender beer label for New York Comic Con, has revealed the signage she created to help promote the convention’s new zero-tolerance harassment policy.

“In addition to designing the Brooklyn Defender this year, NYCC asked me to illustrate something they can use for their anti-harassment signs around the convention floor,” Reeder, co-creator of Rocket Girl, writes on her blog. “The smart idea would probably have been to draw one character in my style, for recognition’s sake, but I had this idea in my head and really wanted to try something new. I wanted it to be modular, so they could change it and use bits as they like. And I wanted it to feel inclusive. No one wants to be harassed.”

The two projects meet in the image below, which includes a Brooklyn Defender cameo.

New York Comic Con will be held Oct. 9-12 at the Javits Center in New York City.

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Patrick AKA Bullonir

September 30, 2014 at 11:09 am

I am very impressed.

It is so simple yet elegant, to the point but not agressive in its approach.


I think it’s ironic that this essentially started because some women choose to wear sexually provocative outfits and some men can’t behave themselves around scantily-clad women, yet for the poster to prominently display a scantily-clad woman would be seen as sexist. I mean, I get it … it’s just funny.

What is “bathroom policing”?

Is this really an issue?

I agree with the idea 100% but I think “Cosplay Is Not Consent” is a bad slogan, just because it takes you a minute to think about what it means and thus dulls the impact of the sentiment. The people who actually need to be made to follow that idea won’t respond to it in that phrasing, I don’t think.

Looks like an omni-species bathroom placard.

I am SO confused by all of this stuff. I see all these articles about how women complain of “harassment” at cons but I’ve never ONCE read an article about a girl being sexually assaulted at a con. I’ve never even once heard somebody call a girl sexy or hit on her, let alone follow her into the bathroom or do some creepy stalker stuff. Every time I see a scantily clad cosplayer, they’re happily posing for pictures, doing their best to give the broke back pouty lip duck face with their chest and ass out. I mean there are literally thousands of people at cons, yet to the best of my knowledge nobody has ever witnessed a sex crime at one as far as I can tell, otherwise it’d be all over this site. Not to mention, every year I go to a con, the costumes become more and more revealing. So it’s okay to show up in public wearing a sexually provocative costume and then throw a hissy fit if it provokes a mild (albeit possibly annoying) response. I wish women would actually post real stories about actual danger they’ve encountered because in my experience, it’s probably more just an inconvenience than anything else. It’s just such a double standard.

If you haven’t read those articles then you haven’t been looking or are consciously avoiding them, because there are a lot.


“It’s not real unless you personally relive the trauma by proving to me — a random Internet dude — that it happened”

You are exactly why comic fandom is such a loathsome thing. Get your head out of your ass and try Googling it for fuck’s sake

No, seriously, what’s “bathroom policing”?

Oh, good grief, in the past 17 hours or so you couldn’t find Google?

No, there aren’t a lot. I did google it for sh*ts and giggles since you all said there are so many. The only articles I found were those bogus articles from this year’s SDCC where that one girl fell (not at the actual con) and everybody ASSUMED she was sexually assaulted and it was all BS. Like I said above, the only stories that are associated are NOT harassment, just annoying people. My stance is that if you’re drawing attention to yourself, you aren’t going to have control over what that attention is. Cat calls, taking their photo without permission, this is NOT sexual harassment. This is a gross overreaction that punishes people arbitrarily based on one person’s perception without their being a legitimate danger or harm. It’s darn near criminalizing being slightly immature. When I go to cons, I notice the costumes, male and female. I might snap a pic of either, but I almost never ask, usually just snap one while they’re posing for somebody else. I’ve also noticed how much more sexual the women’s costumes are than the men, although there are usually a few guys here and there who are letting it all hang out. By and large I see most of the guys too afraid to even talk to them, let alone cat call. Of the hundreds, maybe thousands, of interactions I have personally witnessed of women in revealing costumes and other con attendees, I have never seen somebody touch someone inappropriately. I also have not read an article from a con where a woman was really touched inappropriately. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to Slut-Shame saying those women are asking to be hit on, I’m merely stating that they should expect attention both negative and positive, nor is it illegal, nor is it fundamentally wrong. Is it obnoxious? Yes, which is one of many reasons why I would never. Is it immature? Certainly. But is it harassment? No, it isn’t. Does it strip a person of their dignity? No, dignity is one’s belief in oneself. I’m short and I’ve been called a Hobbit (and not in a positive, supportive way) but is that harassment? Nope, it’s just mean, but it isn’t wrong and shouldn’t get somebody kicked out of a place or files charged. If he followed me around for an hour and kept pushing me and grabbing my ass and crotch and what not, yes, that’s harassment. But I’ve never heard of a story like that from a con.

gotta agree with Malthus on this one completely. typical overreaction campaign to a non-issue which ends up negatively impacting cosplayers who dress scantily. how? because they are now all going to be walked around on egg shells. just as stupid as the hype over the spiderwoman variant cover. lets all calm down

I don’t know why I’m bothering at this point but if you put “Comic Con Harrassment” into Google ALL OF THIS comes up on the FIRST PAGE

And if you’re too lazy to use Google Geeks For Consent has a database on the FRONT PAGE of their website


“Cat calls, taking their photo without permission, this is NOT sexual harassment”

This just in from a dude: cat calls are no longer sexual harassment, despite cat calls being a prominent part of the definition of sexual harassment:
‘Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature’

Again: get your head out of your ass and try Googling something before you say something so superlatively ignorant

Wow, why don’t you read past the first sentence and process the information before regurgitating it to pretend you know what you’re talking about. From the same page you copy and pasted:

“It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.

Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. For example, it is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general.

Both victim and the harasser can be either a woman or a man, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex.

Although the law doesn’t prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted).

The harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.”

In other words, NOT a stranger saying random obnoxious bull$hit. Putting your hands on somebody, however is wrong so with the exception of the ONE story you linked of the girl’s breasts being grabbed (which did NOT show up on the first page of my Google search, a$$hole, possibly because Google sorts your searches based on who is searching) these are stories of annoying people, not legitimate sexual harassment.

By the way, the girl who was punched in the face is an AWFUL story but she was NOT at a comic con, nor was she in cosplay making it a really inflammatory and manipulative story to headline “Geeks for CONsent”

As I explained earlier, making someone feel uncomfortable should not be criminalized. It should be frowned upon. But if somebody does feel uncomfortable, they can (and should) let security know so they can look into it. But guys saying “nice t*t$” or asking a girl’s cup size is simply not harassment, just rude.

How about we just not be jerks instead of posting signs everywhere assuming all guys are going to sexually assault people and that all women are completely helpless and need protecting.

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