elizabethbanner:

We’ve been discussing sexual harassment and creepers at conventions recently, and someone pointed out to me that a lot of the stories of creepers we’ve been hearing about have been men (and women) who have been trying to approach a women (or man) and express their interest in them, but don’t really understand how to do so without crossing boundaries and being… well, a creeper.

That’s not to dismiss or erase the fact that our geek culture is spiraling out of control after years of being geared towards a hetero-cis-male demographic, and that a lot of our eggs are bad and can’t really see women as anything but sex objects. But I digress — there is the factor that some people just don’t get how to interact in these circumstances. 

Is it possible to approach someone you’re interested in at a convention without being labelled a creeper? Yes. It is entirely possible to do so. I’m not going to claim to be a relationship expert or anything, to be completely honest with you I’m currently typing this at my laptop at 1.30am with a glass of wine and waiting patiently for Mark Ruffalo to knock on the door to whisk me away from my life of being single despite not being terrible looking or a horrible, soul-sucking banshee demon, where I assume we’ll talk a lot about the US Healthcare reform and rage together about water fracking. 

But, I am a woman, I am (and I say this grinding my teeth and going off what I’ve been told as I don’t believe a word of it) attractive and I do find myself at conventions spending more money than any reasonable person should on X-Men merchandise. I have been ‘the girl at the convention’ and as a result I have been creeped on, verbally abused, followed, groped and photographed against my will. 

Let me get to the point, though — I’m going to share a story with you about a time I was approached without it being creepy or invasive at all. In fact, it was quite nice, even if I didn’t reciprocate or want to continue past friendly conversation. (For the privacy of the gent who approached me, I won’t be naming the convention I was at.)

Read More

Source: elizabethbanner
  1. anjibink reblogged this from piratechan and added:
    I grabbed this off of Chan’s feed it’s a good article
  2. ghaash reblogged this from scienceofdiscontent
  3. piratechan reblogged this from elizabethbanner
  4. commonsensesensei reblogged this from pipdreams
  5. mick-bradley reblogged this from elizabethbanner
  6. pipdreams reblogged this from scienceofdiscontent
  7. seanbeanland reblogged this from elizabethbanner
  8. meruemugi reblogged this from elizabethbanner
  9. scienceofdiscontent reblogged this from elizabethbanner
  10. elizabethbanner posted this