Posted: November 13, 2010 in Uncategorized

Cosplay is short for “costume play”, “a type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea.”


Night Elf Character & Cosplay

Cosplay isn’t just about putting a costume on, it is more like you become this character. You act like the character would, and even mimic things they would say. People refer to you by the name of the person you are cosplaying.  You embody the character. This embodiment is easy to look past, especially for women who cosplay. Through Cosplay, a woman is allowed to recreate that character and becomes a walking spectacle. They are no longer a themselves, they are a now a Night Elf or Rikku (see pictures). However, there is danger in this act. People in the industry who develop these female characters define women in a certain way. In turn, gamers who Cosplay these character embody this definition of women, and thus, reestablish it within the minds of spectators.


Rikku Cosplay

Both women and men are told what an attractive woman looks like in Video Games by the way the women are portrayed. Generally they are wearing exposing outfits and are slender with an hourglas figure. Cosplaying allows women to not only wear these costumes but also become the character. As Chris Rojek puts it, “The cultural differences between the sexes are not ‘natural’. On the contrary, they derive from the systems of cultural authority and representation in which in which individual babies are positioned as ‘boy’ or ‘girl’.  In the case of Cosplay, these representations of women in games are conditioning men and women to believe this is what is attractive. By embodying these exploited female characters through Cosplay, women and men alike, are reaffirming these cultural representations of women.

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