"Can I take your picture?"—Privacy in cosplay

Babak Zarin


In this piece I examine the privacy concerns faced by costume players, or cosplayers, as a means of beginning to examine the question of how privacy can still exist in an increasingly public world. I first offer a brief overview of philosophical and current legal approaches to the concept of privacy, and then discuss the cosplay community and its concerns regarding harassment at conventions. I conclude by demonstrating how these concerns are actually privacy concerns and what this suggests regarding attempts to address these concerns both presently and in the future.


Convention harassment; Economic discrimination; Law; Legal studies; Privacy

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3983/twc.2017.01075

License URL: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/

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