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Hi all! I wasn't sure where exactly to put this post, but since the topic is mostly focused on creativity and crafting I thought this would be a good place to pick the creative minds of Ovarit!

Full disclosure, I'm a huge nerd and have loved cosplaying for a long time. My interest in nerd culture is, I think, what helped me to peak earlier than some others since I got to watch and experience the take-over of nerddom by the woke over the past decade. It's been grim.

Anyways, I've been to quite a few fandom conventions in the past as a completely covert radfem, but I'm starting to feel more bold and courageous and I want to do what TRAs constantly accuse us of - I want to send out a "TERF dogwhistle" with my cosplay as the convention world starts to open back up.

I know I need to be careful, which is why I'd like to find a way to send the message without being super obvious. I want others to know that there are radfems like them out there. It really helps with morale, like when I saw a car on the highway with a WoLF sticker a couple of weeks ago! It was so heartening to see that I'm not the lone radfem in my area.

So I've been thinking about creating some kind of "TERF Witch" costume, considering that this entire gender movement has been nothing but one big witch hunt.

I'd like to use RedKatherinee's witch artwork as inspiration, but not directly copy it. Here's an album with two of her radfem witches that I love.

Her witch is pretty standard, which is why I think it could fly under the radar. The devil's in the details. I obviously cannot carry around a cauldron full of genderspecial wristbands, but the biology textbook is pretty hilarious. The second image is less straightforward outside of the "TERF" on her apron and the "Die cis scum!" being shouted from the pie, both of which could be removed to make it a simple "spooky witch with a gory pie" to the unaware onlooker.

What do you all think about this idea? Do you go to conventions, and what would you think seeing something like this walking around?

Am I crazy and setting myself up for abuse or worse? I know that even posting this is putting a possible target on me (or anyone dressed as a witch...) due to how insane some of our stalkers are. But I'm getting to the point where it's a risk I'm willing to take. Might help peak more people to see how TRAs react in real life.

Hi all! I wasn't sure where exactly to put this post, but since the topic is mostly focused on creativity and crafting I thought this would be a good place to pick the creative minds of Ovarit! Full disclosure, I'm a huge nerd and have loved cosplaying for a long time. My interest in nerd culture is, I think, what helped me to peak earlier than some others since I got to watch and experience the take-over of nerddom by the woke over the past decade. It's been grim. Anyways, I've been to quite a few fandom conventions in the past as a completely covert radfem, but I'm starting to feel more bold and courageous and I want to do what TRAs constantly accuse us of - I want to send out a "TERF dogwhistle" with my cosplay as the convention world starts to open back up. I know I need to be careful, which is why I'd like to find a way to send the message without being super obvious. I want others to know that there are radfems like them out there. It really helps with morale, like when I saw a car on the highway with a WoLF sticker a couple of weeks ago! It was so heartening to see that I'm not the lone radfem in my area. So I've been thinking about creating some kind of "TERF Witch" costume, considering that this entire gender movement has been nothing but one big witch hunt. I'd like to use RedKatherinee's witch artwork as inspiration, but not directly copy it. [Here's an album with two of her radfem witches that I love.](https://imgur.com/a/aBZvqfZ) Her witch is pretty standard, which is why I think it could fly under the radar. The devil's in the details. I obviously cannot carry around a cauldron full of genderspecial wristbands, but the biology textbook is pretty hilarious. The second image is less straightforward outside of the "TERF" on her apron and the "Die cis scum!" being shouted from the pie, both of which could be removed to make it a simple "spooky witch with a gory pie" to the unaware onlooker. What do you all think about this idea? Do you go to conventions, and what would you think seeing something like this walking around? Am I crazy and setting myself up for abuse or worse? I know that even posting this is putting a possible target on me (or anyone dressed as a witch...) due to how insane some of our stalkers are. But I'm getting to the point where it's a risk I'm willing to take. Might help peak more people to see how TRAs react in real life.

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[–] sunhatpat 9 points (+9|-0)

I saw a costume worn by a young woman that was meant to be a witch burning at the stake. She had a hem of "flames" sewn to her long skirt, and a kind of pole tied vertically to her back. It was very effective.

[–] boudica [OP] 4 points (+4|-0)

Yes! Was it this photo? I know this costume's probably been done before, but this one is so good!

May just add some flair like that to the bottom of my witchy robes :)

[–] sunhatpat 3 points (+3|-0)

Yes! That's the one. In my memory, it was an adult, but I see that she is mere child! Maybe kids can get away with a costume like that better than a grown woman could.

[–] istitchandi1200 7 points (+7|-0)

I love it. I wonder if you could incorporate any Handmaid's Tale stuff? Find some intersection of the red gown and white wings and witchy look?

[–] boudica [OP] 3 points (+3|-0)

I have considered a Handmaid's Tale costume, as well! There are usually multiple days at these cons, so plenty of time for more than one costume :) Along with the handmaiden outfit, I think the face mask / scold's bridle would be a perfect metaphor for the current silencing of women. And perhaps using some of the symbols they put on those who have been hanged as apostates on "the Wall"? Trying to include symbolism that relates to what we're all currently feeling.

[–] babayaga 6 points (+6|-0)

Considering the whole incident with Marion Millar and the suffragette ribbon, maybe you could make a suffragette-witch that incorporated the purple-white-green color scheme into the costume or use a suffragette ribbon as an amulet.

[–] boudica [OP] 5 points (+5|-0)

Oh wow, that's a great idea, thank you!

As much as I don't want to deal with harassment, it would be hilarious to see the general public react if someone was angry over ribbons 😂

[–] Boudicaea 1 points (+1|-0)

Probably setting yourself up for some abuse.

I was thinking you could go as that Sailor Scout who they insist is a trans woman... as an actual woman. Might be too subtle, though.

I always wanted to do cosplay when I was younger and never did. Whatever you do, have fun!

[–] boudica [OP] 1 points (+1|-0)

Oh, I'm fully prepared for the possibility of abuse, but honestly I'm almost wanting to invite it at this point. I want more people to see how ridiculous all of this has become!

As long as things are kept fairly low-key, I don't think there will be much of an issue. Most of these TRAs are cowards in person, and realize that most people in the real world won't put up with their asinine BS. It's not like I'm going to walk around like TRAs do with "terf guillotines" and "die cis scum" buttons, so they'll really have to be grasping at straws to be offended. (Not that that hasn't stopped them before... lol)

We just tested this idea briefly a couple of weeks ago where I was a handmaiden (with the gag, to serve as my face mask!) and a prototype of the Redkatherinee witch. So far, nothing but positive reactions :)