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Discussion: Women cosplaying Ed
sarahbn
post Apr 16 2011, 03:59 PM
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I decided I want to make an Edward Elric costume for Halloween, and as I'm looking online at the amazing costumes people have made, I noticed something: virtually every Ed Elric cosplayer is female (like me). In your opinion, is this true, and if so, why? Is it that women identify more with his story of self-sacrifice? Do men not feel comfortable playing a young teenage boy, or maybe they have other characters they just like better? Do women just do more cosplaying than men?
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post Apr 16 2011, 10:32 PM
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Perhaps girls predominately cosplay as characters such as Ed because they have a stubble-less face no matter how old they get --but therein lies the problem of a girl's other physical features; perhaps sometimes they are dead give-aways that you are in fact a girl, if you get my meaning. laugh.gif


True, though the cut of Ed's clothing is forgiving enough that it can hide some of those features, provided they're not particularly... prominent. The black jacket is cut to hang away from the body at the waist, which would conceal the bust somewhat; even larger-busted women could bind themselves and it wouldn't show much, though it might look too much like a barrel chest. The high waist means that even on a man the pants would be expected to be narrower than at the hips, and the wide belt can help make up some of the difference between a woman's waist and hip, drawing the attention away from the hip, which is decreased in apparent size by the black color. And then of course you cover it all up with the red overcoat, further hiding any unseemly bulges. I don't think a woman of my... carriage... could manage without the overcoat.
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