CD and Cosplay
Perhaps the biggest higher profile opportunity for public crossdressing that has come along in the last few decades is the cosplay phenomena. Arguably originating with the early Star Trek conventions in the 70’s, and growing with the growth of genre conventions and literally exploding in the internet age, cosplay knows no bounds. There are as many variations as there are creative minds, and the male-bodied person who boldly pulls off a Power Girl or Wonder woman costume is much more to be praised than to be mocked, to say nothing of applying Rule 63 (look it up!).
Transsexual, particularly M2F of course, seem to have a very high “geek quotient” and one who travels in those circles will regularly come across dedicated cosplayers among their trans friends (I have a Facebook friend who completely owns the “Power Girl” look) but the trend is so much more inviting for the part time crossdresser who seldom if ever ventures out in public en fem. Cosplay offers probably the best non-Halloween opportunity, save actual drag shows, for indulgence of that desire.
Not only that, the possibilities are almost limitless. One recent Con featured costumes ranging from Steampunk Batman to Floe the Progressive Girl. If the character is distinctively recognizable on sight, you can cosplay that character. Hundreds of anime characters, hundreds of superheroes (and villains!), scores of distinctive characters from Star Trek to Star Wars to Stargate to even video games, non-genre shows, commercials and certain public figures (Carl Sagan for instance). And the gender of the original character is no impediment at all. Just tonight I saw an image of a gorgeous female Joker.
Oh, and one more thing – slutty outfits are perfectly acceptable, possibly prefered if you can pull it off.
Sadly, of course, like all other aspects of crossdressing, one is limited by their “physical plant” so to speak. If you’re 240 pounds you probably are limited in your choice of spandex outfits. Believe me, I speak from personal experience. But for those who can swing it, it’s like Christmas Day. Not only just in the outfits, but in the things you “have” to do to create the look (makeup, shaving, etc). Even if you don’t have a streak of geek in you, it might be worth your while to figure out your inner Xena, Uhura, or Black Canary and get thee to a Con!
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