San Diego Comic Con Attendees Fight Back Against Sexual Harassment

If you noticed more exciting nerd news hitting the Internet than usual this weekend, that's because San Diego Comic Con was underway. But forget about Wonder Woman and Mad Max for a minute, because one of the biggest stories coming out of the con has been the increasingly loud pushback against sexual harassment. » 7/28/14 2:20pm 7/28/14 2:20pm

Amazing and Inspirational Women's Costumes to "Take Back Halloween"

It seems like lately the Halloween stores are full of "sassy" costumes or sexy spins on random staples (yep that's a "sexy" Michael Myers outfit). Hey, not that there's anything wrong with that, but what about championing the real heroes every once in a while? Writer and activist Suzanne Scoggins is helping "Take… » 10/22/13 10:00pm 10/22/13 10:00pm

Company That Sold Controversial Cosplay Body Pillows is Backing Down

Pictures of costumed fans were being sold on giant body pillows, without the cosplayers' consent. Can you even imagine the horror of seeing a stranger lugging a giant pillow — with your back side printed on the back? Luckily, the company behind these pillows tells io9 they've agreed to stop selling them. » 6/10/13 10:05pm 6/10/13 10:05pm

Slut Shaming and Concern Trolling in Geek Culture

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Last month, science geek and costumer Emily Finke attended a sci fi convention dressed in a screen-accurate uniform from Star Trek: TOS, where she was met with microaggression, mock-concern and men intent on outing her as a Fake Geek Girl. So she decided to write something, "because I haven't caused enough flame wars… » 6/07/13 11:54am 6/07/13 11:54am

Batman Cosplay Piano Proves That Danny Elfman’s Theme Was Awesome

The new, gritty Batman movies are fine, but there’s one thing that they were all sorely lacking: composer Danny Elfman’s theme music. Also, a very BDSM Catwoman suit. Oh, and batsuits with nipples, clearly an innovation born out of late 90s sartorial decadence. If you thought Sonya Belosouva’s Walking Dead » 4/29/13 11:20pm 4/29/13 11:20pm

Convention Season Is Coming: Here's How to Talk to Women Cosplayers

Put together by Aussie cosplayers Ardella, Eve, and Kitty, this is a fun video guide on how to talk to women wearing costumes at conventions. While you might think that's something most folks already know because we have brains and hearts, some people don't know how to fully operate all their equipment yet. It's… » 12/30/12 8:30pm 12/30/12 8:30pm

Anime Convention Bizarrely Offers Established Cosplayer a Stripper Gig…

Ginny McQueen, a costumer of 14 years who works full-time as Director of New Media for Cosplay.com, the largest cosplay website on the internet, recently received a proposal from an anime convention in Las Vegas offering her $200, snacks, and two free tickets in exchange for a "live burlesque performance" that would… » 8/09/12 2:20pm 8/09/12 2:20pm