Masculine Appearances

Thursday, 25 March 2010, 8:00 | Author : Kricket
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I remember the first time Amitie told me about the term “crossplay”, meaning male-to-female or female-to-male cosplay.  I thought it was odd that the cosplay community needed to distinguish when a cosplayer chose to wear a costume outside their gender.  Considering that many male anime characters have feminine characteristics, it has been easy for me to cosplay both male and female characters.

Oftentimes, women cosplay as male characters in response to a physical and emotional attraction to a specific character.  Through the process of embodying their characters, female crossplayers will go as far as to bind their chest and pencil thick eyebrows.  If the crossplay is successful, the public should be unable to ascertain the cosplayer’s biological sex.

At Penny Arcade Expo, my friends warned me that I might be the only cosplayer in attendance.  Adhering to the video game theme, I crossplayed Testament from Guilty Gear X2 (there was a GGX2 tournament scheduled that weekend).  From the time I arrived, I could sense people becoming aware of my costume, asking each other whether they thought I was a guy or a girl.  I could hardly conceal my mirth at their whispered inquiries.  Sometimes it’s just fun to play within the boundaries of normality; to become something that you are not and convince the world that it is truth.

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