And with the simple utterance of “cosplay”, I lose half my readership, but probably gain aaaaaaaaaaall the bumps to my Googleability.
One day, Chaka Cumberbatch started the first big cosplay race war by having the gall to cosplay as Sailor Venus. While being a woman of colour. A badass, damn hot woman of colour (personally, I think the shit would have hit less of the fan if she wasn’t damn hot: much less threatening to the racist geek psyche.)
Read all about it at Racialicious.
In referencing that post, I initially wanted to make an addendum to the previous cosplay-related “new rule” about not complaining about the lack of [mandatorily fuckable] women in fandom. But here’s the problem: the dominant geek paradigm is really, really white. And you don’t hear the voices of that paradigm lamenting the lack of people of colour.
It’s dehumanizing both ways: geeks whinge about no [hot] chicks coming to their clubs because they only want to fuck them, but they don’t whinge about no people of colour coming to their clubs because they don’t even want to fuck them.
And one day, Ryan from Mad Art Lab decided it wasn’t enough just to casually gender-bend the traditional Princess Leia/metal bikini costume. He had to gender-fuck its shit right up.
Cosplayers: subverting subversions of the dominant paradigm’s dominant paradigm since awesome o’clock.