Originally Posted by Bridget_tenchi
Does transgender mean anything to anyone on this board ^^;
Yup Yup! Go find and read some of my prior posts to figure out what. ^^
Now to stretch this statement back to the original topic of the thread (Why the myth that crossplay and sexual orientation is somehow linked), please keep in mind that neither sexual orientation nor gender orientation have anything necessarily to do with crossplay.
Hmm... Let my try to rephrase that. ^^;;
The idea that sexual orientation (Heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual - the three most commonly recognized orientations) has something to do with costuming preference is a myth, perpetuated by people who do not understand, and want to categorize people into their existing world view. The purpose of my posts in this thread is to dispel this myth, so cosplayers will not be a part of the population who perpetuates the myth.*
Now a side myth that I’m seeing emerge is that crossplay has something to do with gender orientation (How you perceive and express your own sense of gender; lots of label confusion on this one; lets use “transgendered” to keep it simple), which while it makes a little more logical sense than sexual orientation, is still a false myth worthy of being dispelled.*
I’m sure few things are more annoying for someone perfectly compatible and happy with their biological gender than being asked repeatedly “Do you crossplay because you want to be a member of the opposite sex?” This, of course, is silly.*
Most* (not all, but I assure you, most) cosplayers who choose to crossplay do so because they love the character, or love the costume. It has nothing to do with sex or gender.
Now speaking as someone who is not perfectly compatible with their biological gender, my gender orientation still has nothing to do with my taste in costuming, or why I choose to crossplay.
The problem with this myth is that it is easy to believe, because to a limited extent it makes sense; it’s the shortest jump in conclusions, and in SOME cases, may be correct.*
I’m sure there is more than one person out there, many in fact, who crossplay because they are looking for a way to express themselves in terms of gender identity. They specifically chose to costume as a member of the opposite gender, using gender as a focus for selecting the characters they costume as.
There is nothing wrong with this. It is a perfectly good reason to cosplay, just as good as liking a costume, liking a character, or what have you.
However, speaking for myself, I do not select characters to cosplay as because of my gender identity, and I do not want someone assuming I crossplay just because I happen to be transgendered. For me, dressing up as a girl is an enjoyable side effect; not my primary motivation.
Crossplay does not equal, and is not influenced by sexual orientation.
Crossplay does not necessarily equal, and is not necessarily influenced by gender orientation.
*Disclaimer: Your mileage may vary! When in doubt, ask rather than assume. ^^;;
Veering Slightly Off Topic:
For those who are interested in discussing the issues that relate to being transgendered, or are looking for (im)moral support from a kindred spirit, you are welcome to contact me via chat or private message. I would love to talk to you! Please remember however that these forums are for discussing cosplay, not gender issues. ^_^ Please try to stay on topic to help keep the lives of our wonderful moderators and fellow cosplayers easier.