Genderswap in Cosplay

Down with gender assigned roles. Be what you want.

A few years ago I was dressed up as Padme in Star Wars Episode 2 (the all white outfit) for Halloween.  While I was getting into my car a little girl on the balcony of my apartment asked “What are you dressed as?” So I replied. And then she tells me “Star Wars is for boys.” And my heart died a little inside for her.

I’ve been very successful thus far to raise my daughter away from that type of thinking.  She likes what she likes and doesn’t let and gender stereotype ideas affect the things she likes. She’s both girly and tom boy-ish. Last week she wanted her nails painted gold and red – because those are Iron Man’s colors. She’s been Batgirl, Poison Ivy and the 10th Doctor for Halloween. She has no concept of “that’s a boy character and I can’t dress up as a boy character”.  The only influence I have is saying yes every time she asks me if she can be so-or-so for Halloween. Whatever you want to be, YES.

I enjoy a good cosplay, a lot of work goes into it.  And for this post I bring up that I love the acceptance of genderswapped cosplay. If my favorite character is Gambit why should I not dress up as Gambit just cause I’m a girl? Why should I limit myself to female characters? This is fantasy roleplaying, limiting myself would be defeating the purpose of the game. I’m no more Rogue for putting on a Rogue costume. Screw it, I’ll be Gambit.

So this year with Avengers, my little girl wants to be Hawkeye. YES. For some reason there’s no child costume for Hawkeye, not even marketed for little boys I mean, nada. But if you click the link or saw the movie you’ll know there’s really not much to it. I’m sure I can make it for her. She’s been dressing up as Black Widow around the house for a few weeks now. It’s an even easier costume choice on her part.

I understand some characters already have the female version (batgirl, supergirl, spiderwoman), but I think sometimes it’s just not the same thing. Character backgrounds are different and a person might identify more with one than the other.    Plus there’s also this problem…

I love letting guys look up my skirt while I fly around. tee-hee.

Also this problem…

“Captain Wonder, don’t you want to fight in a costume where your junk might fly out? Trust me, it’s liberating. Um, what’s all this white stuff?”

Sorry about that. Sometimes it’s just hard to swallow the problems with female roles in comic books.


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