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

  • Babak Zarin
Keywords: Convention harassment, Economic discrimination, Law, Legal studies, Privacy


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.

Author Biography

Babak Zarin
BA, St. John's College, Annapolis, MD 2011 JD, Elon University School of Law, 2014 LLM, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, 2016