The creative empowerment of body positivity in the cosplay community

Jordan Kass Lome


In a case study about the cosplay community in relation to creative empowerment of identity and body positivity, I created a blog ( and devised a survey that allowed cosplayers whom I met online and in person to discuss what cosplay meant to them as individuals. Using a combination of qualitative, arts-based research and journalism, I used online documentation to record the ways cosplayers see the community changing, noting themes such as body policing, social media, and sexual harassment.


Blog; Identity; Survey; Tumblr

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