In response to the degrading treatment often received by female cosplayers at comic conventions, a group called “Geeks for CONsent” created a petition asking San Diego Comic Con to create a formal anti-harassment policy. Geeks for CONsent believe that SDCC, as the pre-eminent convention of its kind in North America, could lead the way by putting forward a strong policy against harassment, and inspire other cons to do the same.
However, according to Comic Con director of marketing and public relations David Glanzer, such a policy is already in place. The current policy, listed on the con’s website and events guide, states the following:
Attendees must respect common sense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property. Harassing or offensive behavior will not be tolerated. Comic-Con reserves the right to revoke, without refund, the membership and badge of any attendee not in compliance with this policy. Persons finding themselves in a situation where they feel their safety is at risk or who become aware of an attendee not in compliance with this policy should immediately locate a member of security, or a staff member, so that the matter can be handled in an expeditious manner.
But is this enough? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to head over to Change.com to share your support of the petition.
Source: Comic Book Resources