io9 pal Graeme McMillan has a hilarious post up today over at Techland about the often scantily-clad booth babes he met at Comic-Con, who were unfazed by their sex object status. They were more interested in talking about Venture Bros.. Though he thought most booth babes would be unhappy about having to stand around and get ogled by nerds, he says they were mostly OK with the whole thing.
Generally the women hired to do these jobs are models, so they're used to being sex objects. And nerds are a lot more fun for them to talk to than most people on a typical modeling job - especially for the models who are fans. Their only complaints? The icy air conditioning, and each other. Graeme writes:
There was one area of genuine displeasure that was almost universal amongst the women I spoke to: Each other's costumes.
I've seen a couple of the other outfits and they're... not as great as my outfit. Like, some girls are just wearing plain shorts and t-shirts. They're not dressed up!
I'm not a fan of my costume because I'm really cold, but at least I don't have to walk around in heels and look trashy like some of the other girls.
I like what I'm wearing! It's casual and I don't have to show my breasts to get attention. It's not about me, it's about the product.
To anyone trying to get a catfight happening between models next year: Just get them talking about what each other is wearing. But you'd probably have more fun asking them what they thought of the most recent episode of Doctor Who or whether they've managed to pick up the con-exclusive My Little Pony, instead.
Also, it should be noted that these booth babes blend in pretty well with the cosplayers - I saw hundreds of skimpy cosplay outfits that were racier than anything I've ever seen at a videogame or movie booth on the floor.
Plus, I noticed this year at Comic-Con there were a plethora of male booth babes too. Hunky, oiled men in armored underwear and leather straps were wandering around promoting Spartacus. Booth babery is a job for every gender, apparently.
Read Graeme's whole post here.