What is Cosplay?
Cosplay is the act of dressing up as a character and taking on a persona from comics, video games, movies or books. It is combination of the English words costume and play. This ranges from inexpensive costumes to exorbitant ones that involve moving parts.
Theoretical/ Physical/ Psychological/ Historical Background
Noboyuki Takahashi, in a magazine called “My Anime,” authored an article in June 1983 called “Costume Play.” However, after a lot of revisions the article was renamed to “Operation Cosplay” since the former did not sound appropriate.
Since then cosplay has become a huge part of popular culture, comics, and sexuality. Engaging in cosplay can be a type of roleplay in the bedroom, taking on the look or persona of a character. There are many conventions and adult entertainment websites that have an overall theme of erotic cosplay.
Depending on the type of cosplay, origin, theme, or character there may be elements of BDSM of fetishism involved. They can relate directly to the origin of the character, be implied, or simply because one is attracted to the character in a D/s or fetish setting.
Practicality/ Dos and Don’ts
Cosplaying is a form of personal expression. It allows people to be whoever they want to be. This is also true on how their sexuality is expressed. Characters range from shy, naïve, and innocent types to extroverted, outspoken characters; from sidekicks to superheroes, from characters who have normal physique to those who are hyper muscular; it is limitless.
There are no inherent risks to cosplaying. There can be some psychological implications but those do not relate directly to BDSM or fetishism.
Related Practices and Fetishes
Cosplaying is a type of roleplaying which plays a large part in the BDSM and fetish communities. There is a very large cosplaying community built around Hentai or pornographic Japanese animation.
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