Ass and titty
So, I really loved my Tank Girl cosplay. I had just watched the movie, as well as skimmed some of the comics, and manifesting her - at turns playful, destructive, keen on social justice and totally immature - was kind of rad. I love that the creators actively worked to make her a counter to the super sexualized images of women in comic books.
That said- while I focused my particular take without the military helmet, I agree that “charlie don’t surf” is a fucked up, racist phrase. I am not familiar enough with the comics to ascertain if they’re racist throughout, but the fatphobia bugs me, as does the casual incest joke in the movie. I don’t really go for shock humour.
I do think it’s important to talk about how even the things we love have problematic elements. Is Tank Girl too problematic to cosplay? I don’t think so, but I do think that it means changing some of the basic elements to not perpetuate bigotry. Maybe my cosplays won’t be perfect, then, but part of creativity is reimaging these characters… and when we do that, we can, I hope, deconstruct the influence of institutionalized oppression, to make characters not solely slender, white, cisgendered women, or beefy, white, cisgendered men. We can, maybe, re-envision these characters in ways that perpetuate punching up, not down.
Maybe I’m being overly idealistic, though? I would love to hear thoughts from other cosplayers. How do you manage being accountable with fandom, and costuming?
Trying out my Tank Girl cosplay… If I’m honest I feel a little uncomfortable with my belly showing… I guess I need some support!
photo by courtney trouble
Aaaa perfect for National Donut Day!!
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rediscovered these old photos of me on vacation a few months ago… i miss vacation. wah.
On cam cum chill bit.ly/maracam
Sorry I had to jump off for a few mins. I had an important thing to contend with. I’ll be back on momentarily. I had to take a phone call about something. Hopefully I’ll be off the phone soon.
Going to get a pizza for real this time!
I’m off to finally go see the great gatsby.