When it comes to the world of our many fandoms, there are a lot of folks out there that do CosPlay, dress in costume for conventions and movie premieres. According to psychologist Robin Rosenberg, when an introspective, shy person is in cosplay as a strong character, they tend to behave more assertively.
Personally, I think that’s a load of bull. First, in a world that expects everyone to dress hegemonically in suits and dresses (especially in churches), adults are expected to take themselves far too seriously. I remember the first time I cos-played, it was for Halloween, as a character from 24, and there was group of kids who were frightened of me. Why? Because I looked like someone who worked for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on patrol. LOLLERS! Another time, I was presenting a paper in class on non-violence, dressed as a G.I. Joe soldier. Classmates said they were scared because I had on an empty belt for bullets across my shoulders. In both instances, I was performing the ethics of the characters I wanted people to assume I was. With dress codes come particular codes of ethics. Will I torture terrorists like Jack Bauer in 24? Will I spare someone’s life if she spared the life of my friend’s like Thresh in The Hunger Games?
I think this topic needs to be explored. Go check out Think Christians blog and join in the conversation; I have disallowed comments here: