It’s the first day of C2E2! Hurray! The #BestWeekendoftheYear is finally upon us, and I wanted to share one last piece of wisdom to make this weekend for you grand.
Recently on Pinterest, I have been seeing many posts about the CosPositive movement, which I’m so down for. If you’re unaware, CosPositive means that you are positive about your own cosplay and the cosplay of others. The CosPositive movement tries to put a stop to micro and macro aggressions against the race, gender, skill level, size, and character of a cosplayer. One of my favorite examples of CosPositive is this image here:
What I like about images like these–and other images that promote CosPositive–is that other people recognize the problems in the cosplay communities and instead of shrinking back, they do what they love. We all have insecurities and doubts, so why would we want someone to point out the flaws or inadequacies. People cosplay out of the love of a character, comic book, movie, TV show, or any other form of media. We show respect towards the art that has been created, so we should be granted respect for putting ourselves out there by dressing up. I think Chaka Cumberbatch (the cosplayer pictured above) says it best in her article about being CosPositive:
“Comic book heroines and anime characters are typically about 6 feet tall, have basketballs for boobs and probably weigh around 110 pounds. They’re not in anybody’s range. Let’s be real, here — we are grown men and women pouring all of our disposable income into dressing up as cartoon characters on the weekend. It is not that serious.”
Cosplay is all about having fun, making friends, and sharing tips and stories. It shouldn’t be an activity that makes you feel uncomfortable in any way. So my hope for you is this, my lovelies: go to C2E2–or any other convention–with an open mind to cosplay, the people who dress up, and to having a great time. Happy C2E2, and happy CosPositive!
Cumberbatch, Chaka. “I’m a Black Cosplayer and Some People Hate It.” XOJane.com Feb. 4, 2013. Retrieved at http://www.xojane.com/issues/mad-back-cosplayer-chaka-cumberbatch