We used to think of comic fans as geeky, nerdy and, well, pretty damn unsexy. However, cosplay, a growing fetish within the kinkster community, is shaking up the scene and turning fantasy into reality. Here,  Fetish.com explores exactly what cosplay is...

 

When we think about the term ‘geek’, we used to picture a person who was probably obese, wearing thick glasses, with poor hygiene and who has an extensive collection of Doctor Who comics.

However, times have changed and with the advent of ‘geek chic,’ there's a whole new era of geek supremacy. No longer relegated to the comic shops and conventions, it seems that everyone has embraced their inner geek.  This phenomenon has extended to the fantasy and fetish scene with superheroes, heroines and even video game characters being a staple element of the fetish arena.

 

Costumes and cosplay

It's one element of a fan genre that has turned fetish. Cosplay itself is a phenomenon where the participants will dress, and act, as their favourite science fiction, or fantasy, character.

This can involve extensive preparations in terms of putting together a costume with make up, and copying the actions and facial expressions of a comic book hero.

This may be done in the privacy of one’s own home, with photographs and videos being posted online, or at comic conventions which hold cosplay competitions or festivals. The most experienced practitioners of cosplay can appear virtually identical to their comic book creations.

Exponents of cosplay claim that there is nothing kinky or sexual about cosplay, but this isn't necessarily true. One only needs to see the attention that a nubile woman dressed as Lara Croft gets at a comic convention to realise that the rules of sexual attraction operate in cosplay as much as in any other domain of life.

All of that Lycra, rubber and (in many cases) whips must be doing something to the way in which geeks, and the rest of us mortals, think about sex.

 

Cosplay and fetish

Increasingly, cosplay is becoming part of the fetish scene. Mainstream sex shops sell costumes which have a superhero theme, and this is becoming an increasingly popular fetish. Indeed, it's possible to bring cosplay into your fetish life in a number of ways.

One popular way of using cosplay in a fetish scene is to develop scenarios which are not too far from the fictional scenes being played out in comic books, or movies. The original Batman television series, for example, included scenes where Catwoman would place Batman in rope bondage and torment him with her sexuality.

It does not take a great leap of imagination to see that this scenario is not only grounded in some idea of fetish but also that it could be extrapolated to a BDSM scenario. Catwoman already has the latex catsuit, mask and whip of a dominatrix.

Another way that cosplay can be used in fetish scenes is to make the dressing and transformation of the submissive part of the scene. For example, playing at the capture and transformation of a slave can be enhanced with cosplay. Whole hunting scenes can be developed involving dominatrices and slaves which can involve their capture and transformation.

This can involve science fiction scenarios, perhaps a race of alien females that wish to capture human males and transform them into sexually compliant drones.

 

The future of cosplay and fetish

In the most developed cosplay and role play, scenarios, whole fictional towns and villages are constructed in real life to allow an extended period of fantasy play.  In the fetish world, for some time the OWK (Other World Kingdom) offered a similar experience but one in which it was possible for a male slave to really experience a ‘kingdom’ somewhere in Eastern Europe where men were, in actuality, the slaves of dominant women.

Perhaps the worlds of fetish and cosplay are not too far apart after all, and that we may even see a future ‘mash-up’ of cosplay and OWK-type locations in the real world.
 

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