Assuming you've all heard about this, what are your thoughts?
Personally, I'm pretty livid.
Yes, she was wearing a revealing costume. Yes she's an attractive female attending the convention as a member of a "booth."
However, she's also a well-known cosplayer, extremely knowledgable about the game she is promoting (and video games in general), and she is integral to that video game's image and promotion.
Moreover, she was dressed EXACTLY like the cahracter in the game. It wasn't as if she was just some unrelated female dressed sexy to attract attention. It's not as if she were hired by Nintendo to be a "Sexy Princess Peach" in a pink bikini just so men would want to go there and take a picture.
There's a larger discussion to be had about American treatment of the human body and the consistent oppression of women through body/slut shaming, but I'm more concerned with PAX's handling of this situation.
Apparently, they were perfectly happy to allow her to be there until they recieved complaints. So, apparently their "strict no booth babe policy" isn't all that strict. It calls into question what qualifies one as a booth babe.
Is it only after they've been complained about? What if I had complained that the hunks in armor over at the Colonial Marines game were making me feel feminine and emasculated and my girlfriend was giving them the "DO WANT" eye all weekend? Would they have been asked to leave as well? Or what about that one male attendee, shirtless, with suspenders and (very) short shorts wearing stickers over his nipples? Doubtful.
And I wouldn't anyway. I'm not so ego-centric and self-entitled that I'd project my every insecurity on those around me, then justify it by calling that which makes me uncomfortable "offensive" and complain about it to have it removed.
I find it absurd that this model--who was doing her job, doing it well, and keeping to her small, confined space in one corner of the con--was asked to leave, while there were easily "just for show" girls at other booths, monitors everywhere displayed graphically violent images, banners sported sexy/scantilly clad women of all kinds, and countless convention attendees were dressed as revealing or more revealing than Ms. Nigri (including one girl in the same, exact outfit as Jennifer, and multiple males cosplaying as females in similarly revealing costumes).
I am upset for many reasons, but most of all, I'm upset about the inconsistency and--on a more serious note--until we stop attacking women for being comfortable dressing sexy (or in revealing clothing), there will never truly be gender equality, and we'll continue to victim blame rape survivors and slut shame intelligent, sexually empowered women.
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