ladyfate asked: What would make Cosplay Appreciation Day even better for some people would be if there were more female characters who had to walk with canes, or were disabled in some way, so we could cosplay and not be judged for our disability making something 'inauthentic' on TOP of being females cosplaying. I know I shouldn't care, that it shouldn't matter, but I'm so tired of being told that the cosplays I'm wearing don't include a cane so I must not know my character.
Well, we’re failing you, is what’s happening. We are not presenting a spectrum of characters that include a range of PWD like I hoped we would. I’m as guilty as anyone. There’s no excuse that makes any sense except that we’re just not doing enough.
I have recently added two PWD to the DCU with Strix (the Talon named Mary) and Ricky, who will be using a cane. But I know that that’s not what you are asking for specifically.
I don’t know if this helps at all, I’m going to say it anyway. SCREW people who say you aren’t being ‘authentic.’ I’m not going to say you shouldn’t care because it’s hard to listen to criticism at the best of times. And thoughtless comments are often the most hurtful.
But I hope that won’t stop you. Jill Pantozzi, aka the Nerdy Bird, has muscular dystrophy and is one of the finest cosplayers anywhere. She often has to lean on someone or something during photo shoots and has a wheelchair for the rest of the time. At San Diego, the best Talon cosplayer, cosplaying my beloved Mary, did so from a wheelchair and was a showstopper everywhere she went.
I’ve seen many cosplayers with a disability. Anyone who feels you shouldn’t be allowed to express your love for the medium or wear the costume you want to wear for reasons of ‘authenticity’ is unfit to judge anyone, ever.
I hope you don’t give up. Now, more than ever, your right to be included and seen and to enjoy the hobby the way you choose is indisputable and necessary.
And I promise I’ll keep trying to do better.