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Pleasurable Interplay in the 2.5-Dimensional World: Women’s Cosplay Performances in Singapore and the Philippines

  • Akiko Sugawa-Shimada
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels book series (PSCGN)

Abstract

Cosplay (costume play) is one of the most popular manga/anime/videogame-related fan activities worldwide. It often serves as a means of self-expression, self-assertion, constructing communities of “intimate strangers,” and/or enjoying superficial femininity/masculinity for young fans. My research in 2011 and 2012 showed how Singaporean and Filipina female cross-dressing highlight imaginary gender swapping and how crossplay (cross-dressing cosplay) served to alleviate societal pressure toward women in the two countries. This chapter will examine how crossplay functions for female cosplayers in Singapore and the Philippines in terms of femininity and sexuality by analyzing empirical data of individual interviews with female cosplayers.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Akiko Sugawa-Shimada
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  1. 1.Yokohama National UniversityYokohamaJapan

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