My Rebuttal to Zacherybyronhelm On Cosplay Girls
A set of clothes in a style typical of a particular country or historical period.
- A set of clothes worn by an actor or other performer for a particular role or by someone attending a masquerade.
- “A nun’s costume”
- A set of clothes, especially a woman’s ensemble, for a particular occasion or purpose; an outfit.
Dress (someone) in a particular set of clothes.
The practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime.
Engage in cosplay.
Above are the definitions for costume and cosplay, Why start there? Why does Zacherybyronhelm attack cosplay girls? Am asking because I was recently shown an article written by a very confused individual. This person’s sexist and misguided work targeted cosplay girls as a whole, but only ranted about those who choose to cosplay as characters with limited clothing. He said things like they’re ‘playing at whoring’ and ‘fail at costuming’. The individual also forgot to reference a dictionary of any sort when the meaning of costumes was explained as ‘…things that completely transform a person into an unrecognizable form or a fantasy, they are things that require long periods of time and skill to create’. The article that I am referring to is ‘Why Cosplay Girls Annoy the Shit Out of Me’, written by zacharybyronhelm in 2012.
Before I go any further in this rebuttal to Zacherybyronhelm and his article, I want to let it be known that I do not cosplay as scantily dressed characters and that I do understand the sentiment against under-aged girls wearing overly sexy cosplays. However, saying those who cosplay as Gurren Lagann’s Yoko or Star Wars’ Slave Leia are not creative, have no skills, have wasted lives, and are not wearing a costume and/or aren’t cosplaying is not right. There are just as many male characters that can be constructed by a simple closet raid, and, sure, most of them are fully clothed, but, if one timed the effort between making a Leia or Yoko cosplay made from scratch and a Gojyo (Saiyuki) cosplay by closet raid, the female character’s costume would take more time and effort. Not only that, but I see a lot of males going to conventions in hot pants and thong leotards showing everything but their privates too …so why are females the only ones being called out?
For those who have an issue with females cosplaying as scantily dressed characters take your anger to the authors and illustrators who make bad ass characters with skimpy costumes. Trust me there are just as many ladies that get frustrated when they can’t cosplay as a certain character because of the way they are dressed as guys who are frustrated because half of the girls cosplaying as those characters are underage. With that being said, I’d like to take this chance to remind people that cosplay is still not consent and that there are conventions that have age restrictions if seeing sexy underage girls and guys is too much of a tease for you.
I’ve had enough of people shaming cosplayers, especially, cosplay girls for their costumes and props. I am a cosplay girl and we need to stick up for one another. Cosplay is a fun hobby and I always wanted to do it since I was a little girl. At age 15, I skipped school to attend my first anime convention and cosplayed as Yoruichi from Bleach. I loved it because I couldn’t be judged by anybody for my interests and I was finally around people who understood. It pisses me off when blue balled camera geeks or any other kind of ‘hard-core’ nerd bashes other nerds and fandoms. Who left judgment day to them anyway?
So to all you females and males cosplaying as sexy versions of characters, scantily clad characters, and putting your heart into making the perfect over-sized sword to complete your perfect cosplays, keep on! Don’t let dumb articles and people like Zachery – who can’t even get their thoughts together to write a decent piece – halt you from doing what you want, how you want!