The fear of fat women who cosplay
Let me start this post by saying that I have never been to a convention, or “con.” I have never cosplayed, or dressed up like a character from a movie, comic book or TV show. The main reason is that I can’t afford the costs of traveling to a con, although one of my goals is to visit a con, and maybe one day that will happen.
Body size has nothing to do with why I’ve never been to a con. As these events get more popular, we’re seeing people of all shapes and sizes attending, cosplaying, and having a good time. Unfortunately, there are a number of those who believe that big people, especially big women, shouldn’t be allowed to cosplay.
They believe that benefit belongs just to women who can pass for Playboy pin-ups. I touched on this in a post at my blog Life on FATS.
The Doctor Who Convention was held in Cardiff, Wales last weekend and sold out like hotcakes. Whovians from all over the world showed their love for the extremely popular sci-fi show, and a lot of them chose to cosplay. The BBC America website and the official Doctor Who Facebook page (both of which I belong to) have been showing pictures from the convention and a lot of the cosplayers were getting some really nice comments — until this picture came up on Facebook:
The woman on the left is a clock android from the 51st century. The woman next to her is dressed as the TARDIS, the Doctor’s time machine. Some of the comments (from men of course) were not that kind. Luckily, some of us gals (myself included) took up for these two and told the trolls to stop with the body shaming.
The fear and loathing of fat is so prevalent that we can’t even wear a costume without being snarked on. Apparently, we are supposed to stay home and wallow in our Ben & Jerry’s while the thinner fans can do whatever they want.
Sorry, but it doesn’t work that way.
These events don’t have a weight restriction. There may not be a lot of fat fictional characters around, but the idea of cosplaying is to celebrate the love of fiction.
Seeing fat people having fun and dressing up shouldn’t be considered such a horrible thing. Instead, seeing the confidence in fat people who choose to dress up and proudly display their pictures in public, knowing the trolls are ready with body-shaming insults, should be considered downright awesome.