body positivity

Cosplay is for Everyone

A big part of nerdery, is being able to dress up like your favorite character, and act like them for a day... or four. Cosplay is one of the biggest movements in convention life, and is one that has blossomed over the last decade.

When I first started going to cons, I sat at a table and admired the people going by in costume, looking for ones that I recognized, and even ones I loved. There was an awesome Jack Sparrow, a Batgirl (Whom I knew, and she did an amazing job) and various other characters. It wasn’t until I went to bigger conventions, that I would see the most popular costumes several times over. I cannot tell you how many Castiels I saw, but only like one or two Winchester brothers, go figure. I always wanted to play dress up, but never had the guts to. Various reasons, the main being afraid of being body shamed.

Slave Leia, Catwoman, Batgirl, all costumes that can be really revealing. Props given to the ladies that can pull it off, but it’s not necessarily a cake walk for them either. More recently, the Cosplay Is Not Consent movement started. Signs are posted throughout walls of convention centers, to ward off the sexual predators. While this has been helping the cause, women and men alike are more cautious when cosplaying.

With all the seriousness aside, this hobby is one that can introduce you to new social groups, which is great for the introvert. Lifelong friendships are made through the cosplay circuit, and much like any other tight knit group,

Anyone can cosplay, and I think it is important to know. If you’re feeling insecure, don’t. You get to show your true colors with all the other nerds just like you. Who doesn’t want to be a part of a group like that?

Keep your eyes open for the next convention that rolls through town, you will be surprised how many people love what you do!

Body Posi

The movement of body positivity has been blowing up in the recent years, and it is really a good thing for young women. Women (and men) of all shapes and sizes are loving themselves and each other more than ever before. Of course, there is still the shaming. Fat shaming is something I have personally dealt with my entire life, but one thing that I hadn’t thought about was purely body shaming.

Natalie brought up a great point in her interview. She still gets shamed. If you look at this girl, whether it’s on stage, or just in a hoodie and jeans, she’s a tiny beautiful human. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees. I may say things could be a bit more intense for her, being on public display with the shows she participates in.

I am a huge advocate of the Body Positivity movement, even though I don’t often believe it myself.  BDD, body dysmorphic disorder is a real thing. It is something that affects 1 in 100 people, and according to Health Research Funding (healthresearchfunding.org), Teen girls who suffer spend many more hours on hair and makeup than the girls who don’t think about it that often. Dysmorphia is this on a smaller scale, something that people deal with on a daily basis.

It is important to remember, everyone is going through something similar to you. That is why the movement is so important. Men and women and freaking out about their bodies every minute of every day. Skinny or not, built or not, tall or not. Bodybuilders, runners and gamers alike all deal with the same issues. We as a whole, have to remember that.

I’ve been dealing with this a lot, quietly as of late. I have a point where I was, where I think I should be, and where I am. After listening to this podcast , I feel oddly light emotionally. I am not alone, but I am working on me, and as much as I feel like I’m alone, I’m not.

Solidarity and Body Positivity.