Join the Honey Badgers as we welcome special guest Anna Cherry! She is a professional cosplayer, webcam girl, and Men’s Rights Activist. We will discuss her experiences in the cosplay and webcam girl community, and what it’s like to be an MRA in these subcultures.
We will also discuss the Geeks for CONsent! What is that, you ask?
Geeks for CONsent
Geeks for CONsent is an organization dedicated to stopping what they see as rampant sexual harassment at comic book conventions. The founders are also the founders of the Philadelphia branch of Hollaback!, the anti-street harassment organization responsible for the infamous 10 hours of harassment video in New York City.
Like Hollaback!, Geeks for CONsent is rather dubious in their approach. Their mission statement is incredibly vague. It explains that they are against harassment and want anti-harassment policies implemented at cons, but at no point do they have a written, concrete definition on their site of what constitutes sexual harassment at a convention until you watch their videos.
There within it’s defined as anything from inappropriate staring to what is undeniable sexual assault. This is important because Hollaback!’s stance is very likely the stance of Geeks for CONsent.
Hollaback!’s definition is this:
Street harassment is a form of sexual harassment that takes place in public spaces. At its core is a power dynamic that constantly reminds historically subordinated groups (women and LGBTQ folks, for example) of their vulnerability to assault in public spaces. Further, it reinforces the ubiquitous sexual objectification of these groups in everyday life. Street harassment can be sexist, racist, transphobic, homophobic, ableist, sizeist and/or classist. It is an expression of the interlocking and overlapping oppressions we face and it functions as a means to silence our voices and “keep us in our place.”
Hollaback!’s position is a noticeably ideological stance based on the belief that sexual harassment is a part of patriarchal oppression expressed through sexual objectification. A conscious action meant to subjugate women and keep them down.
This goes beyond the stance of stopping sexual assault and takes the position that not only is telling a woman on the train to smile as bad as sexual assault, but also that it is an aggressive slight meant to take away a woman’s agency.
Their idea of stopping assault and harassment is to shame people and bring about an environment of fear and paranoid hysteria. If there is an answer to how we can stop groping at conventions, this isn’t it.
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