There has been a lot of hate and scoffing at the boudoir world of cosplay that's become more and more popular this year. With the surge of cosplay patreons, and the fight to gain patrons, a lot of female cosplayers have turned to the exclusive sexy content to entice users to pledge. Read all my thoughts below.
Of course it's the dream of many to be able to craft full time, and model all day. But without some serious hard work, this really isn't realistic. Not to mention that at least 99% of cosplay Patreon creators probably aren't claiming their income on their taxes... but that's another matter all together.
There will always be haters, and there will always be people who push the limits of their creativity and boundaries set by society. We've already seen trends like #FreeTheNipple and other feminist movements, and I believe that #Cosdoir can be the next inspiring trend, we just need to move past the haters.
When I first got into cosplay I was so inspired by the community. Everyone was so inviting and friendly. Everyone encouraged each other no matter the skill level. In the past couple of years we've seen a spike in the interest of cosplay and the haters have found their way into the community, spreading rude comments and unfair judgements along the way. Haters have always been around, and they won't magically be getting souls anytime soon.
The spike in cosplayers, also created a plateau in the follower game. Now there's triple the costumers fighting for the same followers. Sexy cosplay was an easy answer to bring in some new followers. A character re-design that included a low cut shirt, or skirt, or skin tight material. This innovative "creativity" of a re-designed character would bring in a good handful of followers without seeming like a desperate ploy. Now with the exclusive, paid membership of Patreon, cosplayers are getting even more risque.
If patrons are paying to see lewd content from people in costume themed lingerie, where do we cross the line of pornography? The answer is: who gives a fuck? What someone does with their own time is their own business. How someone chooses to run and operate their patreon or social media content is their own choice. As an individual, you have the choice to follow them or not. If you don't like, or you're uncomfortable with the content, keep on scrolling. No one will miss your rude or hateful comments, and they never asked for them in the first place.
This should literally apply to any and all content, but if we come back to the theme of cosplay, the definition of the word is "costume play." AKA - it's just for fun. There should be no criticism or judging here. People should be free to express their love for a character any way they like. Every gender, size, or color is free to express their love of a fandom. Cosplay is the biggest ice breaker to meet new friends and come out of your shell and learn a new hobby! If bras and panties is your thing, then rock it, boo!
Another problem I have with the sexy cosplay shaming is the fact that as a woman, when I did my first boudoir theme shoot I felt extremely liberated and beautiful. The shots turned out absolutely stunning and I felt strong and invincible. The fact that women only get to feel like that once in a while is so depressing. And then when these images are shared with our fans, we get shamed for feeling beautiful and strong. Everyone - women and men alike - should be allowed to show off their body and feel proud.
The last thing I want to bring up is that Patreon is a safe place. In this world of hate and judgement, Patreon is a place for cosplayers to feel comfortable sharing their sexy creations, sharing their body, without feeling judged. The people who choose to pledge to these cosplayers appreciate them for who they are and love to support their work. It is a legitimate place for these cosplayers to get sexy and feel safe. I 100% support that.
I support sexy cosplay and cosdouir. I support the right to have fun and celebrate fandoms and characters. I support showing off your body and being able to love yourself in your own skin. And I DEFINITELY support feeling safe in a no-rules community full of supporters who love everything you do.