Ain't sure the discussion is valid on a 13+ discussion forum, but I'm old enough to realize the majority of kids on here know what porn is to begin with. Especially if they hang on 4chan/9gag.
Originally Posted by dustbunny
Please let me know your thoughts about this- I am very curious or if you have any stories you would like to share. Or if you agree or disagree.
Honestly, I think there's a perverse effect carried by the internet and con attendees. It also doesn't help that there's stuff like Cosplay Deviants out there... I'm also assuming this is solely about teh womenz.
Frankly --- porn in costume (not necessarily cosplay) has probably existed for a long-ass time and is nothing new. The problem with it spilling over to cosplay is that it gives easier ways for people to sollicit women about it. (I've seen too many comments on the internet about people being "cute" or "joking" about a cosplayer doing a spot in the nude --- nothing is only a joke).
9~10 years ago, cons weren't as widespread or heard from the internet as much, it was more of a niche thing. That I feel people did with their buds in much more private circles. At least, there wasn't a lot of communities to lurk back then (Uh, I'm a compulsive lurker --- only started being active on here 2 years ago). Now it's more public, more people are getting into it...
...and yes, there are people who do it for attention, but not always
. That's where the perverse effect comes into play. Who does the casual t-shirt bearing, stereotypical male with a camera is more akin to ask for pictures at a con? Skimpily dressed women. It doesn't matter if they call themselves pro or not --- there's plenty of photographers out there who work exclusively with such models. Not just for themselves, but because there's an audience for it. Look at the albums online, look at the "hot cosplayer" articles that feature a few token guys, then devolve with the most revealing costumes you can get.
In most of the comments on a female cosplayer's pictures --- if she looks hot, it will talk about her beauty. Not the costume, rarely the pose. It's about how hot she is. It doesn't matter what the costume is made of so long as the person in it looks good. I'm pretty sure that, for lots of non-cosplayers --- women who cosplay are like booth babes.
What does this mean? Recognition from third parties outside your friends circle is bullshit. It can be good at times, especially if you're not that well-known --- but as soon as you have the looks and get a fan following.
It becomes bullshit, your craft doesn't matter --- what matters is that you look *hot* to your fan following. That's what loud, obvious recognition is about.
Discard recognition, discard contests, do it because *you* enjoy it. There's going to be folks out there for the attention of it --- their motivations don't matter and shouldn't color why anyone does what they do. You don't need to get reposted elsewhere, it's also better not being reposted XD