Unless you have been living under a rock in the past month, you've probably heard about "Cosplay ≠ Consent," this new movement to bring about awareness of sexual harassment at anime and comic conventions. Even conventions like Anime Conji caught onto it and imposed stricter policy when it came to attendee conduct; according to some eyewitness accounts, they caught a long-time "creeper" and banned him from all Southern California conventions. Now, whether this was a result of the movement or they finally caught him after years of sexually harassing cosplayers and the countless reports is yet to be seen.
However, there is a bigger question that lies beyond this, what I consider to be origins of this movement:
Why is it that when people attend anime and comic book conventions, it seems like all common sense gets thrown out the window?
But to some, an anime or comic convention seems like to be an escape from life all together. The biggest offenders of this would have to be your typical 12-17 demographic of this generation: they're not well-rounded socially yet, but they also grew up differently in the age of Facebook, Gaia Online, 4chan, and Tumblr versus our generation that did not grow up on the internet as much as today. So when they go to anime/comic conventions, they do not have the skills of social interaction because they're still in development so they interact like they're on the internet. This doesn't mean that other demographics, especially the one above it, the 18-35 demographic, are immune from this.
Typical sightings include "meme spouting" (i.e. "u mad," "trolololo," "poker face"), random acts of space privacy like glomping, and events that one couldn't fathom (see Homestuck Bucket). At one point in the history of anime conventions, Yaoi Paddles were sold and were used to slap people's behind. Eventually after enough complaints conventions cracked down on the dealers that were selling these paddles and banned them from conventions. However, the most saddest thing of all is when someone gets seriously injured from misconduct at anime conventions. I've heard of stories where people have been bitten to the point of bleeding to where someone was glomped, fractured a leg and/or ribs, and are now somewhat disabled or have a permanent limp.
I'm perfectly fine if you decide to glomp your friends, and even then you should give ample warning because some glomps are more vicious and ground-tackling than others. But because you do some act on a random stranger, whether it's glomping or meme spouting or sexually objecting cosplayers, ask yourself this simple question:
Would I do this in the general public and not just at an anime/comic convention?
Granted, we can all get carried away once in a while, especially when we're around friends and those who are part of the fandom that we're in (i.e. Persona, "fsteak," and "Social link, go!"). But, if you keep common sense in check and don't act like a total hooligan, then we can stop events before they happen especially those are addressed in the "Cosplay ≠ Consent" movement.