Posted by: Nightsky on Jul 29, 2011
Here's a neat article from the pen of LA Weekly's Liz Ohanesian: a group of cosplayers who went to Comic-Con as the Justice League of America... gender-flipped. Batma'am and Superma'am (who's got a beautifully realized '40s look) are joined by Aqualass, Power Guy, and Wonder Man.
The interesting thing, to me, is that gender-flipping the JLA exposes the male gaze like a flashbulb. Power Guy is wearing next to nothing. (Good thing he's built.) Hunter's costume exposes his belly.
"We try to keep it pretty scantily clad for [the men] because that's how women are portrayed," says [the cosplayer playing Superma'am]. "We weren't scantily clad for ourselves because that's not the point. We're showing that girls can be clothed and be superheroes because, most of the time, they aren't."
YES. YES. A THOUSAND TIMES YES.
(And, because I can't resist, check behind the cut for a picture of me as a female Fifth Doctor.)