Agent Carter and Captain America from Marvel – Photo by Bruce Press
Genderbending – Altering a character’s depiction to have it suit a member of the opposite gender.
I like genderbend cosplay a lot. I may have done a post or two about it in the past. I love the creativity that goes into re-imagining the characters and costumes, I appreciate the skill that goes into their creation, and I enjoy the inherent commentary on our society that they carry with them.
The very fact that genderbending is a thing draws attention to standards of dress and the depiction of gender in fiction. However, its done as a celebration of a character rather so it doesn’t end up being grumpy. Its fun and often funny, and comedy is often the best form of commentary.
This year I had the pleasure of attending Dragon Con last weekend, a massive celebration of fandoms too diverse and dorky to list. I made it a mission to collect as many genderbend costumers as possible. Sadly my little phone could not keep up, so I’ve missed more than a few. Below are the ones I could catch. If anyone can identify the people, I’d love to give them credit. If anyone has more examples, please link to them in the comments and I’ll try to keep this up to date.
Apologies in advance for the quality of some of my phonetography.