The objectification of cosplayers

Cosplaying gives the cosplayers  a chance to dress up as their favorite characters. And if we are being honest with ourselves, there’s an expression of sexuality that goes along with it. Females in comic books, video games, and anime tend to look fairly sexy. A number of male characters also look quite sexy, but not to the extent of female characters.

Taken at GenCon 2009.

Taken at GenCon 2009.

There’s nothing wrong with that. We’re all adults here and there’s nothing wrong with having fun with it, right?

Right?

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Sadly, stories like this are common. One of my facebook friends who is a female cosplayer told me that she regularly receives stalkers on her page and strange comments. I remember reading something by Meagan Marie (I can’t find where she wrote this sadly) where she talked about being the object of sexuality with her cosplaying. I’m betting if any of us talks to any female cosplayer, we’ll find them being objectified.

Objectification happens when a cosplayer isn’t treated like a human being but as an object. I’ve said before that cosplaying is a hell of a lot of fun and that cosplayers tend to be the friendliest and most helpful people I’ve ever met… and I’m standing by it. It’s what so frustrating for me. These are cool people who have a lot of talent. They express this talent by making incredible costumes. Not only that, they dress up in those costumes and have a lot of fun modeling that costume. All they are doing is having fun and being friendly. But there’s a group of guys who thinks that these people are objects to be lusted after and will treat them as things. These people over-react when they discover that the cosplayers that thing of as objects are real people who get pissed off and hurt  when they are treated like things rather than people.

There is a flipside to objectifying cosplayers.

Wonderful cosplay that's sadly not appreciated by those jerks

Wonderful cosplay that’s sadly not appreciated by those jerks

These people aren’t paying attention to the beauty of the costume nor how happy the cosplayer looks. They don’t see a person. They see something to criticize. Something to objectify. It must be easy for them to criticize someone when they don’t see a person.

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Yes, Phoenix Wright doesn’t care for all of this objectification going on. Neither do I. Maybe the public shaming of people like Christopher Jason Ross will discourage others from pulling the same sort of crap. I mean…. there’s nothing wrong with having fun with the fantasy as long as we keep in mind that everyone involved is a human being. And all human beings should be treated with a degree of respect rather than as an object.

 

Preview: Phoenix Wright – Dual Destinies

Wait… there’s a new Phoenix Wright game?

*gasp*

A… new one? Is today Christmas? Did the video game gods finally hear my prayers to make a new game? Hold on… I need to check in with Super Kami Guru on this. Gotta make sure…

Hey Super Kami Guru. Is this real? Is there a new Ace Attorney game?

SuperKamiGuruUhh….Yes Super Kami Guru. I’ll get right on that right after I finish typing this up.

That’s what omniscience gets us these days? Sheesh…

Anyways…We have a new Phoenix Wright game. Thank you Capcom. Thank you!  Happy days are here again. For those of you who haven’t had the chance to play it, you should. Phoenix Wright – Dual Destinies is the next in a line of excellent DS games titled Ace Attorney. It’s a touch strange ‘Ace Attorney’ isn’t in the title, but that’s a minor concern. We have a new game!

I think you can pick up the older games used from GameStop fairly cheap, since it came out back in 2007.

Anywho….

Phoenix Wright. Dual Destinies.

Let’s take a look at this bad boy.

  • It has the same innovative way of questioning witnesses on the stand.
  • There’s a new trick for Phoenix to use to figure out if the witness is lying or withholding information.
  • We have a new voice actor for Phoenix. I wonder why?
  • Capcom added in a little bit more animation to the process, adding movement in the court room camera. I suspect this will take advantage of the 3D element of the 3DS.
  • Apollo Justice is in the game as well! Very cool with that. I liked him.

I wish the preview would have included more of what I love about Ace Attorney: investigating crime scenes and questioning witnesses. The game is more than just a court room. It’s about uncovering the truth about crimes. As a defense attorney, it’s up to you to keep your client out of jail. And nobody’s better than Phoenix Wright. In the first game, he had a client who pleaded guilty!!! And he still got a Not Guilty verdict at the end.

Yes, I'm that damn good

Yes, I’m that damn good

I had the chance to examine crime scenes, uncover clues, and solve mysteries. Every case is different enough to be challenging. If there’s any weakness in the series, it’s the replayability. Once you beat the game, you’ll know how to solve each puzzle. So if you have a chance to pick it up used, that might be a decent idea.

Check out the older games for yourself! You won’t regret it.