Warning: slightly sensitive material below.
I hate how this is an actual post I need to make, cosplaying my ultimate favorite fictional character since I was ten should of been and should continue to be nothing but joy for me and happiness for everyone who also admires Hermione Granger, I shouldn't be having to make this post yet here I am.
Let me just make clear before I venture into this: as my cosplay has gained attention, most of the comments have been so encouraging and lovely & has really cheered me on with regards to continuing my cosplay, I've met some amazing people and have really bonded with fellow Potter fans.
However, my cosplay has also opened my eyes to the truly repulsive and sexualised opinions of Hermione and Emma Watson herself that has made me feel so incredibly uncomfortable and so horrified.
Comments like "post nude" I've even had requests to get into porn, to do adult versions of my cosplay, I even had a poll made about how many people would like to see me perform oral sex on a guy. This is even after all the hundreds of comments made under social media posts about me claiming "id still do her" and honestly, the comments got more and more sexual/immoral/repulsive I had to stop reading them as they made me feel violated.
Hermione is a school girl, so not only are you making me feel uncomfortable and gross, you're asking for a child to be sexualised That's what she is in the films, still a child, what you're asking is just beyond wrong. I get the usual excuse “its Emma Watson not Hermione” and here’s my answer to that:
- If you’re the type of cyber harasser who’s asking me to get into porn as Hermione, perform sexual acts as Hermione, or if you are sexualising Hermione in any way: you are sexualising a child. End of. I don’t care if the actress is older, she wasn’t in the films and you know that fine well.
- Its-still-sexual-harassment, its sexual harassment towards Emma Watson and its sexual harassment towards me. You wouldn’t speak to your mother or sister that way: why is it okay to speak to us that way? Treat woman as people and not as objects to speak to and treat as you see fit.
Now let's get into why it's so wrong to ask me in the first place: As said above: it's cyber sexual harassment, I feel harassed, and while you may not see anything wrong in this, it's not okay to assume that I’ll be okay with how your speaking to me just to fit your entertainment purposes. It’s objectifying, cosplaying is not consent for you to sexually harass a girl, it’s also definitely not a compliment and its further normalizing this culture in some of society with regards to sexually abusing woman.
I feel like I'm being sexualised for something I just find a joy in doing and it's taking away from the happiness cosplaying gives me, I can't imagine what Emma Watson herself must go through, I'm only seeing a glimpse of what she gets and it's horrific. My heart goes out to all the women who have to deal with this day in and day out, my problem is only a small grain of sand in a beach of sexual harassment that needs to be taken so much more seriously.