Ladies, prepare to show ID. You’ll need it to get past the self-appointed guardians of geek culture who think you’ve got some nerve showing up at cons and wearing Star Wars T-shirts when you obviously don’t know Dantooine from Dagobah. And if you’re in a “provocative” costume, they might label you a troublemaking minx who dresses up not to demonstrate your love of a particular character, but to fuel their fantasies.
Fuck that noise.
The shaming of “fake” geek girls isn’t new but it reared its ugly head more than once this year, most egregiously in Tony Harris’ ragingly sexist commentary about female cosplayers. Never mind that the problem itself is a figment of insecure haters’ imaginations or that the level of a total stranger’s X-Men knowledge has nothing to do with another person’s fan experience.
Fortunately, comics lovers and creators across the Internet immediately pushed back against this breathtakingly offensive sentiment. Gail Simone also gave the comics community some much-needed positive inspiration by declaring Nov. 13 Cosplay Appreciation Day.
Rather than make us feel despondent, I hope incidents like these serve to make women even more outspoken about our fandom, however and wherever we choose to express it. This is our house, too.