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Well after yet another dark menhera post, let's talk some con stories!
As I'm pretty sure I mentioned, I'm still a bit of a baby at cons and I haven't truly cosplayed in a minute. My first true convention flying solo was Anime Weekend Atlanta right before it got to DragonCon proportions. I'd like to go back if I ever make that serious of an investment but for now I'm enjoying local cons. The only thing I'm looking forward to at this point is branching out beyond anime/game geekery and more into film and literature, specifically horror.
Anyway, let's get into some of my favorite stories from my young convention life.
Content warning: As with all of my menhera posts, this post will be discussing self-harm, rituals, and depression at length. Therefore, most of it will be under Mr. Read More.
Well friends, it's about that time of year again. Time to put away my wrestling gear and slip into something a little weird, a little more comfortable, time to go home: it's convention season!
As of right now, I'm only planning on doing the two local cons this year: MTAC and AkaiCon. I'm going to do my damnedest to get into our local horror convention, and I am faintly realizing that last year I didn't talk about about our adventures in Alabama. Too bad; some things you just have to be there for! But you all seemed to enjoy my convention stories last year so I figured I'd do some blogs again. This week I'll do a couple of con stories, talk about prep, and hopefully display my updated menhera outfit and the associated theme. Going real casual this year since that part of my wardrobe isn't as functional and up-to-date as I'd like. I'm hoping by the time the next con swings around, I'll be working on a new actual anime-related cosplay rather than J-Fashion. Until then.
Ho! Clutch your pearls freely because I never said this was for the kids. Everything below is trapped under Mister Read More because (and this is a fair content warning as well) I'm going to discuss bodily issues, sex, gender ID, and generally post some NSFW images of things not safe for most conventional jobs. That being said, let's get into it:
I was in the middle of writing this entry when I saw, by chance, this article on Bitch by April Lavalle on WWE, sexism, and the Attitude Era. I'm not going to offer any commentary on that particular article for a few reasons:
As you might guess, we're gathered here today to talk once again about wrestling despite my assertions each and every time I discuss wrestling, that I do not discuss wrestling on a regular basis... my 'wrestling' tag is begging to differ.
But you all know I like writing, I like local events, and I like wrestling. So let's do all three. Something near and dear to my heart, women's professional wrestling. Women in pro wrestling have numerous obstacles to face. The most evident one is inherent sexism in the sports and entertainment industries. They are but a microcosm of the world at large. And the real world still bleeds in if you read any comment thread that breathes the words “intergender” and “wrestling”. Is wrestling somehow more sexist & misogynist than anything else in the world? Probably not. It's noticeable, however, when you're putting a product out there intended for multiple demographics. Now again, we can talk about what the actual (maybe even stereotypical) demographic for professional wrestling is and you can guess, but the intended demographic is a little bit of everyone, including kids.
The other obstacle to women in professional wrestling is the one I'm about to direct you to right now: the lack of places to work. Well?
Ia! If you've come this far, you're either looking for weird or you know you've found it...