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14 Jan 2013 - 14:5095907
The parapet metaphor is interesting to me.

You see some of us "stick our head out" just to cosplay. You don't see many tanned or brown cosplayers and I'll be honest in saying that due to my obsessive compulsive need to not be dark, I am a few shades lighter than the rest of my family. I dislike the sun.

So when I'm there in a costume of a lighter skinned character I'm creating the same platform of discrimination. In this case it's Rascism, in the case of this thread it's.. I'm not really sure what it is but I'll call it sexism (descriminating on the grounds of sex, right?)

To quote PandoraCaitiff; "picture me standing up there in full view, waving to the enemy, and calling down, "Its really fun up here, you should try! Mind your step and remember to duck!"". That too is one approach, but you know how this community is like introverts all over the shop. I don't see many as confident as you, and I see many more eager to flame or make someone else feel bad to make themselves feel good.

Realistically speaking, currently there's some shitty people out there. But do carry on making a fuss, eventually the voices of protests will stamp out the bullying and force it to evolve.

One, then the other.


14 Jan 2013 - 15:1195910
Quote JaeXD:
The parapet metaphor is interesting to me.

You see some of us "stick our head out" just to cosplay. You don't see many tanned or brown cosplayers and I'll be honest in saying that due to my obsessive compulsive need to not be dark, I am a few shades lighter than the rest of my family. I dislike the sun.

So when I'm there in a costume of a lighter skinned character I'm creating the same platform of discrimination. In this case it's Rascism, in the case of this thread it's.. I'm not really sure what it is but I'll call it sexism (descriminating on the grounds of sex, right?)

To quote PandoraCaitiff; "picture me standing up there in full view, waving to the enemy, and calling down, "Its really fun up here, you should try! Mind your step and remember to duck!"". That too is one approach, but you know how this community is like introverts all over the shop. I don't see many as confident as you, and I see many more eager to flame or make someone else feel bad to make themselves feel good.

Realistically speaking, currently there's some shitty people out there. But do carry on making a fuss, eventually the voices of protests will stamp out the bullying and force it to evolve.

One, then the other.


It's a really good point actually, that just cosplaying in itself can been seen as going outside of "society's norms". I've definitely heard other darker skintoned complain that they get unfairly called out for cosplaying lighter skinned characters (but maybe not so much the other way round? Not sure).


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14 Jan 2013 - 16:0295913
Quote Carmina:

It's a really good point actually, that just cosplaying in itself can been seen as going outside of "society's norms". I've definitely heard other darker skintoned complain that they get unfairly called out for cosplaying lighter skinned characters (but maybe not so much the other way round? Not sure).


The other way round, upside down, inside out.

In 5 years I wouldn't be surprised to see mixed race 30 year olds call discrimination because of comments of being too young, too yellow, and their beards not the right kind to play Master Rochi.

Hell, there's a bloody group on FB for "Straight Pride". When I saw that, I realised it was the day when Butthurt was a physical symptom applicable to all humans.



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14 Jan 2013 - 16:0295914
Quote JaeXD:
I don't see many as confident as you, and I see many more eager to flame or make someone else feel bad to make themselves feel good.

Realistically speaking, currently there's some shitty people out there. But do carry on making a fuss, eventually the voices of protests will stamp out the bullying and force it to evolve.


A lot of it is bluster and acting, but when I appear confident, it seems to encourage people. And in turn, when they are feeling positive, it helps me if I flag, or doubt myself.

I wonder how many of the naysayers are just jealous/resentful because they are stuck in the fear mindset. I don't see how anyone can stick with that mindset if they've ever asked to take a picture of a shy cosplayer and received a massive smile in return.


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