Cosplaying/costuming/whatever you want to call it has been a hobby of mine since I was in middle school. It’s something that I do for fun, as a way of hanging out with my friends and being crafty together. We feed off of each other’s creativity and generally have a lot of fun doing it.
I’ve always been more of a crossplayer than a cosplayer, so normally I tend to dress as male characters, even though I’m female. It’s never seemed weird or wrong to me, and it still doesn’t. I’m just dressing up as the characters I like.
Lately I’ve been getting some flack and dealing stupid comments about my costumes, along with suggestions that I should do more female characters. While I appreciate the fact that people think I look good as X-23, I’ll be honest, I have much more fun running around as Loki than I do as X-23.
Why is this?
My sex is female, for sure. I was born a woman, and I feel comfortable that way.
HOWEVER, when it comes to everything else about me, my GENDER is not female or male. I’m kind of a mix between the two, and I’m also comfortable with that. I don’t see a reason to label myself, and I also don’t see a need to only dress as characters who are the same sex as me.
No, my body type isn’t ideal for some of the male characters I’m planning on doing in the upcoming months, but I really just don’t care. I pick costumes based on characters who I like and who mean something to me, and if they happen to be male, then so be it.
TL/DR: COSTUMING IS FOR FUN. DO WHAT AND WHO YOU WANT, EVEN IF THAT MEANS YOU’RE A BLACK GIRL DRESSING UP AS A WHITE MAN. IF THAT’S THE CHARACTER YOU LIKE, MORE POWER TO YOU.
I know some people who should take notes on this…