Cosplaying With Gender

As cosplay has become more popular outside of Japan in recent years, it has raised fascinating questions about gender, sexuality and authenticity in fandom and the fictional realms cosplay strives to mirror. Just in time for con season, Cristen and Caroline share how there's far more to cosplay than dressing up.

Episode sources:

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"Comic-Con's Year of the Kickass Woman" by Kendra Pettis. The Daily Beast. July 28, 2014.

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Academic insights:

"Gender, Sexuality, and Cosplay: A Case Study of Male-to-Female Crossplay" by Rachel Leng. Fandom and Neomedia Studies.

"Game Girl: Re-imagining Japanese Gender and Gaming via Melbourne Female Cosplayers" by Larissa Hjorth. Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific. April 2009.

"Selling Otaku? Mapping the Relationship Between Industry and Fandom in the Australian Cosplay Scene" by Craig Norris and Jason Bainbridge. Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific. April 2009.

Topics in this Podcast: costumes, cosplay, drag