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Saw this post on Instagram with a caption saying something like “Some of the best cosplays I’ve seen”. I commented on the post saying “I notice a theme here”. Shortly thereafter, the entire post was deleted. This is the kinda thing that makes me sad when it comes to women Cosplaying. Do these women look great? Yes. Do they have every right to dress a certain way? Again, yes. Do I agree with how they are dressing? Not really. And that’s ok. However people on Instagram AND tumblr messaged me shortly after saying that this shouldn’t sadden me, that I’m jealous that I don’t look like that, that if I don’t like I should ignore it/not complain and that it doesn’t cause any harm. In a way, it does cause harm. These lovely ladies are incredibly talented as craftswomen and cosplayers, however, their lack of clothing perpetuates a female cosplayer stereotype. Or at least, that’s how I see it. I’ve seen and heard a few stories of female cosplayers being harassed at conventions, me being one of them. I was Cosplaying as AC Harley. And yeah, the cosplay is revealing. At this particular convention I was groped my a Spartan while a photo was being taken. After that I only wore Harley one more time and whenever I go to a convention, I feel the need to stick close by the sides of those I’m with due to the fear of a repeat experience. And yes, I have other revealing cosplays (form fitting Lycra suits and a giant V neck Catwoman). As my lovely friend Victoria said, every female character or female version of a character is sexualized in some way (that blew my mind because she was right). You see these “famous” female cosplayers putting themselves out there and it makes me really nervous because people see this, like it, and assume that negative behavior is alright/acceptable because “you are dressed a certain way”. Yaya Han said that sexy costumes are harder to make and that may be true however I feel that she, among others such as Nigri, Riddle1, Nicole Marie Jean, use these overly sexed up cosplays to gain this popularity. They know their audience. So am I jealous? Maybe of their talent with creating beautiful outfits and props. But other than that? No. It just really saddens me that women feel the need to get breast implants (i.e. Nigri, Yaya, Riddle1) in order to be successful or need to reveal themselves in order to be called a “successful”/”famous”/”professional” cosplayer. I don’t hate these women. Not by a long shot. They just disappoint me. I’m tired of feeling as though I should have 2 male friends on either side of me when I cosplay at a convention (this is usually the case for me) and I’m tired of feeling as though I’m not a good cosplayer because I don’t reveal myself or look a certain way. I know I don’t have the fake tits or the tiny waist but I’m a good cosplayer dammit! Everyone is! I’m not saying that these women are bad or “setting feminism back”. Though I don’t like the way they dress they have every right to do so. I’m saying that they set a stereotype in most cases and that isn’t right. One should feel great (but more importantly SAFE) in any cosplay whether you’re fully covered or not. Sorry for the rant and unpopular opinion….

Saw this post on Instagram with a caption saying something like “Some of the best cosplays I’ve seen”. I commented on the post saying “I notice a theme here”. Shortly thereafter, the entire post was deleted. This is the kinda thing that makes me sad when it comes to women Cosplaying. Do these women look great? Yes. Do they have every right to dress a certain way? Again, yes. Do I agree with how they are dressing? Not really. And that’s ok. However people on Instagram AND tumblr messaged me shortly after saying that this shouldn’t sadden me, that I’m jealous that I don’t look like that, that if I don’t like I should ignore it/not complain and that it doesn’t cause any harm. In a way, it does cause harm. These lovely ladies are incredibly talented as craftswomen and cosplayers, however, their lack of clothing perpetuates a female cosplayer stereotype. Or at least, that’s how I see it. I’ve seen and heard a few stories of female cosplayers being harassed at conventions, me being one of them. I was Cosplaying as AC Harley. And yeah, the cosplay is revealing. At this particular convention I was groped my a Spartan while a photo was being taken. After that I only wore Harley one more time and whenever I go to a convention, I feel the need to stick close by the sides of those I’m with due to the fear of a repeat experience. And yes, I have other revealing cosplays (form fitting Lycra suits and a giant V neck Catwoman). As my lovely friend Victoria said, every female character or female version of a character is sexualized in some way (that blew my mind because she was right). You see these “famous” female cosplayers putting themselves out there and it makes me really nervous because people see this, like it, and assume that negative behavior is alright/acceptable because “you are dressed a certain way”. Yaya Han said that sexy costumes are harder to make and that may be true however I feel that she, among others such as Nigri, Riddle1, Nicole Marie Jean, use these overly sexed up cosplays to gain this popularity. They know their audience. So am I jealous? Maybe of their talent with creating beautiful outfits and props. But other than that? No. It just really saddens me that women feel the need to get breast implants (i.e. Nigri, Yaya, Riddle1) in order to be successful or need to reveal themselves in order to be called a “successful”/”famous”/”professional” cosplayer. I don’t hate these women. Not by a long shot. They just disappoint me. I’m tired of feeling as though I should have 2 male friends on either side of me when I cosplay at a convention (this is usually the case for me) and I’m tired of feeling as though I’m not a good cosplayer because I don’t reveal myself or look a certain way. I know I don’t have the fake tits or the tiny waist but I’m a good cosplayer dammit! Everyone is! I’m not saying that these women are bad or “setting feminism back”. Though I don’t like the way they dress they have every right to do so. I’m saying that they set a stereotype in most cases and that isn’t right. One should feel great (but more importantly SAFE) in any cosplay whether you’re fully covered or not. Sorry for the rant and unpopular opinion….

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