This is the week of San Diego Comic-Con, arguably the biggest nerd gathering on the planet. Thousands of fans will descend on the massive convention, eager to get great swag, buy fantastic merchandise, check out vendor booths, cosplay incredible costumes, see celebrity panels … and probably get harassed.
Sorry, what? That last item on the list didn’t fall in line with your idea of a wonderful, long-anticipated nerdy weekend? Yeah, mine neither.
But here’s the thing: It’s probably going to happen to someone. There’s a long history of such things. And while a lot of cons have stepped up their game lately, SDCC hasn’t. Though they theoretically have a harassment policy, it’s only printed in their programs, and isn’t even up on their website. And all evidence suggests that they don’t spend too much time thinking about it– evidence that might present itself by posting the policy more widely, or talking about it, or training their staff how to deal with it.