A friend found my recent post about suggestions for women to cosplay as offensive. He hoped that it was meant as satire through most of my selections. Here, let me level with everyone. I wrote both articles as a heavy person who’s pretty much given up on cosplay for two reasons: lack of sewing skills, body issues. I honestly suggested male characters from video games that could be cosplayed as where you wouldn’t have to deal with the bs and fat shaming that people want to subject cosplayers to.
My friend thinks that I should have added a line at the bottom, saying something like “… or you can cosplay as whomever you want to!” and while that is true, it wasn’t the focus of said article.
I first attempted to tackle the female equivalent piece as a “If I was a woman of my body type, who would I feel comfortable cosplaying as.” Despite my own insecurities, I had to post characters that I didn’t 100% find flattening. Despite this, I still thought the list was okay to print.
If I offended anyone by posting my previous two cosplay related posts, then I’m sorry.
For a great article about body shaming cosplayers, btw: please check out this awesome article from Shoshana Kessock. Oh… and here’s one from Kotaku about someone who was fat shamed, and it changed their life for the… better? I dunno, this one is kind of the wrong message I guess, but here it is: http://kotaku.com/young-cosplayer-lost-over-100-pounds-after-fat-shaming-1552704309