Ok so I know what cosplay is but I got a message from someone that made me kinda upset to say the least and in the heat of a rebuttal I ended up writing this nice long speech thing:
While I appreciate your opinion I don't understand what I am doing wrong. I studied this particular costume for many hours (as I do all of my other works) and I feel I have everything as accurately as my power will permit me. The hat, the shoes, the shirt, the necklace, the keychain, and even the eye color are present and as precise as this world will allow me. Yes I will admit that my arms may not as muscular as others due to the lack of testosterone running though my female body, but besides that I cannot SEE anything wrong with me.
As cosplayers we are encouraged to interpret that which exists in a different world and it is not far to say that someone cannot play a character because of something such as gender or race. I have seen very good cosplayers and I have seen some not so good cosplayers. Among the good ones there are women playing men, men playing women, and people with darker skin playing white skinned people, as well as white skinned people playing darker skinned people. I would have to say that there are a rare few cosplayers that have the exactly body shape and facial structure that is required to play any character.
The characters and creatures that we choose to dress up as are made up through people's imaginations where gender is defined by how the creator wants their characters to be portrayed. In the real world our sex is defined as male or female but our gender can be defined as how we want to be portrayed. I think that criticizing someone by what they were born with is unfair and has always been a form of repression. Cosplay is a way for us to find freedom from the real world and be someone that we cannot be in this life. We can be heroes or villains, demons or angles, robots, goddesses, animals, vampires, zombies, and of all of these we can be either male or female.
Again I appreciate your opinion but next time you want to pass judgment on my costume please help me by telling me there is something wrong with my hat or my shoes don't look quiet right and leave my sex out of this. Cosplay is an art and art is an interpretation which can be neither right nor wrong. As far as I am concerned I am doing it right and I will continue to do it my way.
That is the gist of it and I just wanted to get it posted here cuz, well, I dunno I guess I didn't want to loose it...
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