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Unread 04-12-2015, 01:16 PM   #1
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Appropriate age to Cosplay a "sexy" character

What are your views on what is the appropriate age to cosplay sexy characters? Can some one be to young yet to do so? Would some one who is 18/19 be to young for characters like mad moxxi, catwoman or jessica rabbit? I love these characters but I don't know if I could Cosplay them yet and if I should wait.
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Unread 04-12-2015, 06:08 PM   #2
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At 18/19 you are old enough to cosplay whatever you want. Its more of a matter of if you're comfortable cosplaying those characters.
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Unread 04-12-2015, 08:41 PM   #3
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Unless its modified to be less sexy, yeah, legal adult age (18+). Younger than that means either the girl isn't experienced/mature enough to know how to deal with creepers (face it, you knew a LOT less and were far less able to repel pervs at fifteen versus nineteen). Likewise, if the wearer got up to or lured into distinctly adult situations, being underage is a WORLD of trouble for everyone involved.
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Unread 04-12-2015, 09:39 PM   #4
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Do you mean "sexy" in terms of clothing, the character themselves, or both? Of course there's a line to be drawn when it comes to clothing (Satsuki and Ryuko in their battle armor are definitely inappropriate), but when I was 16 my first cosplay consisted of a bare midriff and a skirt with a somewhat-high slit in it. Looking back I'm not sure how my parents let me wear that. The character herself was from a hack-and-slash game rated for teens, and it was mostly kids my age who played it. She wasn't exactly Jessica Rabbit but the costume probably wasn't something that too many 16-year olds would wear to a convention. No one seemed to have a problem with it.

I feel like characters that are primarily known for being overtly sexual (like Jessica) are inappropriate for cosplayers under 18. Characters in outfits that are MEANT to be revealing should also be discouraged. But for other characters, like Catwoman, it takes a good deal of thought before making a decision.
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Unread 04-17-2015, 05:26 PM   #5
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For minors, I'd say it's really up to the parents to decide if their children's costumes are okay or not.
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Unread 04-25-2015, 03:01 PM   #6
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I am with the law here and as soon as they are legal they are allowed to wear what they want. As someone older I would wish they would wait because it can open you up to some unseemly people and how to handle those types come from experience.
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Unread 05-20-2015, 12:02 PM   #7
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you're representing a character that you love or identify with, so age shouldn't be a problem

of course, there's always creeps who see it differently, or people who will see you as a freak just because you're doing something different to what they're used to
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Unread 05-20-2015, 12:39 PM   #8
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For minors, I'd say it's really up to the parents to decide if their children's costumes are okay or not.
^I'm with EvilLittleKiss on this one
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Unread 05-29-2015, 10:42 AM   #9
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I have seen underage people cosplay sexy characters.. either characters from pornographic games or characters in sexy outfits. It's really uncomfortable and I think it is a really, really bad idea. I understand that you don't really feel young at 16 etc. but I wish they would consider that a convention is full of a mixed age crowd. I am not saying all people over 18 are bad or creepy, but it can be a little weird or uncomfortable seeing someone who is underage and perhaps not even legal to give consent to sexual activity dressed in a very revealing costume. I have known friends who were underage cosplaying sexy characters and getting a lot of flirty or sexual comments from adults and them being super uncomfortable. No matter what age you are probably going to get some comments, but there is just something so much weirder about seeing someone say that to a 15-17 year old than to someone who is 18+. There is nothing really stopping them, though, unless their parent stops them before they do that. Even if parents are okay with it I think cosplayers should really think about it beforehand.
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Unread 05-30-2015, 10:25 AM   #10
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I am with the law here and as soon as they are legal they are allowed to wear what they want. As someone older I would wish they would wait because it can open you up to some unseemly people and how to handle those types come from experience.
^This.

I remember being a teenager and being flattered when older people would compliment me or "check me out" because I didn't know any better (at best they're just creeps, at the absolute worst, pedophiles). You might think you're old enough to handle that kind of attention but the reality is that it's dangerous and can be really scary. My advice to any underage people who want to cosplay adult women: enjoy being a kid, and stop trying to be grown up. I know it's a cliche, and I also know everything is super urgent when you're young but seriously...you get 70-80 years to cosplay adult characters and only 18 to be a kid. Wait a few years; that experience will make all the difference.

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Unread 07-19-2016, 12:54 AM   #11
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Exclamation Let Kids Be Kids

Minors should not cosplay "sexy characters" hands down.
If you are 18, totally go for nipple pasties, thats totally fine. But anyone under 18 should not, cannot cosplay "sexy" characters. It is misleading and dangerous as well as borderline illegal.

Keep children safe.
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Unread 07-20-2016, 07:57 AM   #12
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I think you can't just say "This is the age". It depends on the character itself (some are "more sexy" than others), the teenager who wants to cosplay (how mature are they? Can they deal with creeps?), the cosplay scene in that country (there are countries that have far less problems with creeps), the con (is it a small place where you can easily find support or a big place with no control?) and how the parents think about it.

Of course, if you're like 10 or so, a "sexy cosplay" isn't quite what you should wear, but from, say, 16 or 17 on, it's not necessarily wrong to consider it. It just depends on a lot of factors.
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Unread 07-20-2016, 01:35 PM   #13
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I agree with others that you should be whatever legal adult age for your country. A lot of 16 year olds get tricked into some VERY terrible/dangerous situations because they seem physically more "mature" for their age, get treated like an adult (sexually), and therefore think it's "ok" or that they can "take care of themselves". I know of a few girls who were taken advantage of because of this. Of course this can still happen to adults, but hopefully you have a bit more world experience to navigate different situations.
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Unread 07-20-2016, 01:51 PM   #14
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I think a better question is "what age is it appropriate to hold creepers accountable for feeling entitled to harassment and predation of any person regardless of age." 12? 18? 30?
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Unread 07-20-2016, 02:40 PM   #15
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I think a better question is "what age is it appropriate to hold creepers accountable for feeling entitled to harassment and predation of any person regardless of age." 12? 18? 30?
That IS a better question. And it's EVERY AGE.
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