I am doing a paper in school about cosplay and someone asked if their friends dad is cosplaying because he likes to dress in womens clothes, that ''he likes to dress up in costume (spacifically womens attire)''. They brought up about him being straight too. I had never thought I would be asked something like that, here was my response
''Costume would go under cosplay yes, many cosplayers cross-play, which is dressing as the other sex. I did it myself this year for the convention I went to in June. If it's just dressing in womens clothes, like regular womens clothes (dresses and such), I don't think it would be considered cosplay. It is an odd question, only because I don't know the father, so I can't completely know how he feels towards dressing up. I wouldn't think of whether he's straight or not though, women dress in mens clothes, but it's accepted because guys clothes don't have anything special to them.Some people think that girls wearing guys clothes is very attractive. It may be out of the ordinary for a guy to wear womens clothes, but cosplay itself is out of the ordinary. Cosplayers will get dirty looks, nasty things said to them, laughed at...etc...it is weird to most people.As cosplayers though we accept it, and I suppose he does too.''
I'm hoping that I put that well...it was an odd and kind of awkward question to answer. What do you think???