26. Inspirations and misadventures. Norwegian and Anishinaabe, bigender (they/them is always safe), addicted to tea, cooking, Miyazaki, Pacific Rim, Blackadder, Avatar/Korra, and several unhealthy crushes on dead guys. (Ulysses S. Grant is dreamy as hell.)
I’ve been sewing for fourteen years and on these hakama I’ve finally remembered to do three things:
-Hem the thing before you pleat the thing.
-Topstitch 3-6 inches down the side of a pleat to keep it perma-crisp
-Make your crotch curve steeper in the back if you have a sizable ass. And I do.
Maybe, just maybe, these won’t turn out crappy. Particularly since I accounted plenty of yardage for the pant legs, but nothing for the waistband and back loop…. and I overdyed this fabric custom… whoops…
Also I’m turning the hakama’s side slits into holes for 18th century style tie-on pockets… because screw Dragoncon with no pockets.
Jamie brought me snack cakes. He gets free plushies for life, needless to say.
Makin chicken lettuce wraps in hopes that a full belly will give me the energy to kick out these hakama the rest of the way
I want to start a campaign to spread an attitude in the male geek community that says “Hey, let’s be respectful of people (most notably women, especially the scantily clad cosplayers). Let’s call out the guys that are being grabass dickbags.” I know there are a lot of existing hashtags and memes, “Cosplay is not consent” and such, but those are women standing up for themselves. Dickbags don’t respect women. It’s why they’re dickbags. We need to give potential dickbags a sense of community, like #DragonBrosUnite or something to make them aware that even their fellow Y cromosomeboys aren’t cool with their behavior.
Remember, you’re only as right as the number of people who agree with you. The “Fake Geek Girls” thing gained traction because some misogynist made a sticker, posted it, and other misogynists jumped on his dickbag bandwagon. We need a meme with a catchphrase that shares a sense of community and brotherhood.
Please post your ideas too, something just doesn’t grab me about these.
I love your idea, but you’re right, none of the names seem “right” (I like #Don’tbethatguy though) I’d avoid #ClassyGeek and anything with bro in it, just because it hearkens to the dudebros and “classy” guys (WHO JUST NEVER GET NOTICED BECAUSE THEY’RE GENTLEMEN) that you’re trying not to be.
Also another suggestion- in addition to the hot girls who don’t want to be manhandled or harassed, could you also show some support for the fat girls who maybe decided to dress up as spandex-clad superheroines, too? Or the black girl cosplaying as Ariel? Or the crossplayers who maybe don’t “pass enough” in a lot of con-goers eyes? They suffer probably more from people talking shit about them and literally have no support outside of their communities and it’d really be appreciated to have a voice saying “Hey, dude, shut up- it’s their cosplay”