Do ever feel like you aren't in control of your own body?
I know I do, especially when it comes to cosplay. So let's get serious and talk about something important to remember; CONSENT.
Not just in regards to touching or photos, but in criticism and comment.
Being in cosplay does not give anyone the right to comment on your body, your shape or size, whatever. Being in cosplay also does not give anyone the right to make you feel like you aren't the right type of person to cosplay.
We as creatures of this ideological world we are forced to assimilate, we always self-deprecate and criticise our bodies. We either have too much cleavage or not enough, too much booty or not enough, too short or too tall or too curvy or too flat or even too in between.
When we cosplay, it is usually an escape from how we normally look and feel.
Due to this, one of the worst things that can happen is hearing that someone at a convention or photoshoot has pointed out that you are fat or too skinny. It can make you completely doubt yourself in what you do, destroy our own opinion of yourself, and ruin the cosplay you were in.
There have been times where I almost didn't go to a con in my Harley because someone said I was too chubby, or that I didn't have the hips and butt to pull it off.
It took my friends to shake me out of that fear and attend again.
Some people don't have that community to help them get over what people have said to or about them.
We need to make sure that the cosplay community is free of harassment - either sexual or abusive.
For that to happen, we need to become aware of our own voice. What you might say to a friend, you should not say to someone you only know through the cosplay community or even don't know at all.
We need to acknowledge when we may have made a mistake, be sincere about it, and correct it ourselves.
TLDR; Cosplay does not mean you get to comment on other people's bodies.