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Posted 02 May 2011 - 08:49 AM

I'm just a bit curious why cosplayers are mostly women. (Note: that I'm not saying there are no men who cosplay and there are no male characters.) But when going to an anime convention I couldn't help but notice the female to male ratio is significantly different.

I tried to wrap my brain about it and thought it may have to do with artistic ability and the concept of dressing up. which in history is a female trait to dress up and not really males. I know at art colleges there are more females then males. And when there are males they're mostly gay.

But why is that? I'm having some trouble and is really curious. Open to any opinions.
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 09:12 AM

My opinion, it's because more women know how to sew and we are seen as being the more creative type. Also, as children, I think we played dress-up more than boys.

True about the art colleges too. I see a lot of "feminine" guys in the fashion design program.
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 09:43 AM

Because we like to play dress up. :P I think it's a girly way of being nerdy. The best of both worlds in a way. *shrug*

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 10:04 AM

I enjoy dressing up, therefore I must be a girl...
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 10:30 AM

I think it also has to do with the culture and with the fact that a lot of males in anime have female qualities so it's harder for a guy to play them in some cases. We normally think that boys shouldn't dress up or were outfits, so that sort of connects to their own thoughts on the matter and they don't do it that much. Also I think, oddly, females tend to make softer cosplays and because of our gentlier looks we can pull off characters that have a more elegant quality then some guys.

edit: Not saying that boys can't. Just that boys tend to have a harder time looking elegent in some cases, ie, they can pull off looking more rugged then some girls can.

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 10:40 AM

I've noticed that this forum also has more women than men. Related?
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 10:41 AM

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 10:52 AM

I think I might have found my answer guys. Tell me what you think!
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( A notable pattern while observing at an anime convention is the female to male ratio. The body count of female is significantly greater then males. Why is this cosplaying community largely all women? Looking at the characteristics and attributes of cosplayers, one of the predominant traits is having an artistic background and wanting to involved with the art community. Because cosplay has such a high artistic concentration it attracts many women. The way parents in this generation raise their child plays a big role. The structure of a female brain is much different then a male's. The way females react to a dramatic situation is different then males. Females tend to get over emotional and are driven with emotions. Where as males solve problems with logic and facts. Art and writing are more emotional subjects that are fueled by emotions. Creativity is created by manipulating emotions and eliciting passion. This is why females tend to gravitate towards more creative fields such as humanities, studio art, and writing. Males are more attracted to logic and facts. Looking at fields like engineering and medicine most males dominate in those fields.

Aside from differing thought process, males and females grow up differently. Young females when in childhood play with toys and dress up. Where young males do not play dress up as it is an un masculine trait. The masculinity is a key trait and why men are more likely to not dress up in costume. However, in cosplaying there are significant amount of masculine male characters.

The fanbase is the most significant factor in the gender ratio. Anime and manga have different genres. Major genres are shojo, shonen, magical girl, yaoi, yuri, and mecha. Each genre has a specific fanbase and audience. Shojo, magical girl, yaoi, yuri are genres that focus on the passion of love and romance. Most of the animes and manga in this genre have a lot of relationships. The target audience are mainly females. Shonen and mecha are genres that are more action packed adventure shows. The fanbase for shonen and mecha are males but also females. Shonen and mecha are wildly love by females even though they may be catered for males to like more.

The reason why there are more females that cosplay is because of the fanbase. But not only is the fanbase a factor another key aspect is the way anime, manga, and video game characters are designed. Male characters are given feminine features such as heart shaped face, slender body, and petite body structure. Because most male characters in the anime world have such feminine features crossplaying is highly encouraged. Crossplaying is a term that refers to a person cosplaying their opposite gender. Females cosplaying males is a very encouraged practice and is very common seen at anime conventions. Women are able to get away and pull off a male character because males in the anime world look more female then male. It is an ongoing joke in the anime community that males are mistaken females a lot. )

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 10:55 AM

Well...a number of male anime fans I know think male anime characters tend to be "ewww GAY111" because they often have clear feminine sides, a pretty face, etc, and by Western standards that's not always entirely desirable (whereas in East Asia "pretty boys" are all the rage).
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 11:02 AM

I think it's just that women are more willing to dress up. Personally I have fun just dressing up and getting ready in the hotel room, even before I act like the character.

Contrasted with my husband, he only has one cosplay (Nabeshin) that was put together at a thrift store. Sure he gets happy when people ask for his picture, but where he (and I think most men) shine at cons is the amount of information they can spout out. When we first started going out I learned a lot about video games that I didn't know. He can do the same thing with anime.

Not saying boys don't enjoy dressing up, or that girls know squat when it comes to knowledge about series, but I think they just have different strengths when it comes to conventions.
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 11:32 AM

View Postlevelsixtyseven, on 02 May 2011 - 10:52 AM, said:

I think I might have found my answer guys. Tell me what you think!
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( A notable pattern while observing at an anime convention is the female to male ratio. The body count of female is significantly greater then males. Why is this cosplaying community largely all women? Looking at the characteristics and attributes of cosplayers, one of the predominant traits is having an artistic background and wanting to involved with the art community. Because cosplay has such a high artistic concentration it attracts many women. The way parents in this generation raise their child plays a big role. The structure of a female brain is much different then a male's. The way females react to a dramatic situation is different then males. Females tend to get over emotional and are driven with emotions. Where as males solve problems with logic and facts. Art and writing are more emotional subjects that are fueled by emotions. Creativity is created by manipulating emotions and eliciting passion. This is why females tend to gravitate towards more creative fields such as humanities, studio art, and writing. Males are more attracted to logic and facts. Looking at fields like engineering and medicine most males dominate in those fields.

Aside from differing thought process, males and females grow up differently. Young females when in childhood play with toys and dress up. Where young males do not play dress up as it is an un masculine trait. The masculinity is a key trait and why men are more likely to not dress up in costume. However, in cosplaying there are significant amount of masculine male characters.

The fanbase is the most significant factor in the gender ratio. Anime and manga have different genres. Major genres are shojo, shonen, magical girl, yaoi, yuri, and mecha. Each genre has a specific fanbase and audience. Shojo, magical girl, yaoi, yuri are genres that focus on the passion of love and romance. Most of the animes and manga in this genre have a lot of relationships. The target audience are mainly females. Shonen and mecha are genres that are more action packed adventure shows. The fanbase for shonen and mecha are males but also females. Shonen and mecha are wildly love by females even though they may be catered for males to like more.

The reason why there are more females that cosplay is because of the fanbase. But not only is the fanbase a factor another key aspect is the way anime, manga, and video game characters are designed. Male characters are given feminine features such as heart shaped face, slender body, and petite body structure. Because most male characters in the anime world have such feminine features crossplaying is highly encouraged. Crossplaying is a term that refers to a person cosplaying their opposite gender. Females cosplaying males is a very encouraged practice and is very common seen at anime conventions. Women are able to get away and pull off a male character because males in the anime world look more female then male. It is an ongoing joke in the anime community that males are mistaken females a lot. )


An awesome response I think, one things that caught my attention was that the males have female like features. This isn't true of comics where more guys tend to dress in costume at the convention because the male character have more "manly" attributes.
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 11:49 AM

View PostDark Spellmaster, on 02 May 2011 - 11:32 AM, said:

An awesome response I think, one things that caught my attention was that the males have female like features. This isn't true of comics where more guys tend to dress in costume at the convention because the male character have more "manly" attributes.


There is definitely a BIG difference between male characters in Western graphic novels and manga. :lol:
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 11:58 AM

View PostKokoro, on 02 May 2011 - 11:49 AM, said:

There is definitely a BIG difference between male characters in Western graphic novels and manga. :lol:


I wonder if this has to do with influences in designs. I know that manga has a particular cinamographic style, where as western comics are more influenced by classic style of painting and drawing. The funny thing is that manga was once influenced by western animation and now things are blurred and shaped.
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 12:02 PM

View PostDark Spellmaster, on 02 May 2011 - 11:58 AM, said:

I wonder if this has to do with influences in designs. I know that manga has a particular cinamographic style, where as western comics are more influenced by classic style of painting and drawing. The funny thing is that manga was once influenced by western animation and now things are blurred and shaped.


Not only that, but also Western and Asian concepts of gender and hegemonic femininity/masculinity. We have different ideas as to what the ideal man/woman is, mentally and physically.
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 12:13 PM

Wow great observation Kokoro! Western comic style is very different then Far East manga style. And because of the different styles so are the character design. I will have to agree with your argument.
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 12:14 PM

Well my off-the-top-of-my-head answer is to look at the male to female ratio in the US. If I am correct, there are more females than males. Therefore it stands to reason that the ratio will be off simply because more females just so happen to exist. I'll apply research later when I'm not supposed to be doing HW
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 12:30 PM

I've never really given it any thought lol, all I know is that I'm a guy and I like cosplaying.
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 12:55 PM

Yeah guys aren't creative. But I will be cosplaying this year for the first time. Lets just hope its not fail.
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 01:05 PM

View PostTopHatShaw, on 02 May 2011 - 12:55 PM, said:

Yeah guys aren't creative. But I will be cosplaying this year for the first time. Lets just hope its not fail.



Guys can be creative, but I think it's due to so many girls being more the "sewing type" blah -_- but I think you'll find more dudes with the -it takes a lot of effort to make a cosplay and I'd rather do this (game/watch) than that attitude (this is my attitude too *Except i'm a girl so*). All you have to do is Multi-task
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 01:42 PM

View PostSJAkarma22, on 02 May 2011 - 01:05 PM, said:

Guys can be creative, but I think it's due to so many girls being more the "sewing type" blah -_- but I think you'll find more dudes with the -it takes a lot of effort to make a cosplay and I'd rather do this (game/watch) than that attitude (this is my attitude too *Except i'm a girl so*). All you have to do is Multi-task

I don't understand what you mean by a guy being creative. As if it's some sort of natural law that if a man can create, a woman can sew. I can sew and I'm creative so it must be a new thing.

Reading this sewing crap is starting to make me feel as if just because someone can do one thing, the other shouldn't be able to.
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 01:50 PM

View Postnouseforaname, on 02 May 2011 - 01:42 PM, said:

I don't understand what you mean by a guy being creative. As if it's some sort of natural law that if a man can create, a woman can sew. I can sew and I'm creative so it must be a new thing.

Reading this sewing crap is starting to make me feel as if just because someone can do one thing, the other shouldn't be able to.


yeah I knew that wasn't a very good way to put what I wanted to say, But the logic in my sentence is not supposed to work out the way you took it. I'm also not sure that I would be able to explain it in a way without sitting here making sure I have the correct words. My bad. Honestly thats not what I meant, seriously, quite the opposite.

take out the "Sewing crap" and put in creative then

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 02:04 PM

I understand what you meant and I'm sure you can elaborate yourself properly if need be but the truth of the matter is that yes, there are more girl cosplayers than guys due to the options of crossplaying. I do not believe that it's a difference in skill or lack of motivation for either sex as one will have different interests than another. I also don't believe it has anything to do with cosplaying either. Some people enjoy going to take photos, see people in costume or doing whatever else there other than wearing a costume. When I've spoken to a few people here and other places, some have told me the only reason they'd ever wear a costume is so they "fit in and feel comfortable in the environment". There's a change in the theory of females being a majority of cosplayers.
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 06:44 PM

I know some men who enjoy cosplay, but for some I know that don't cosplay they don't because they cannot sew. Of course, you don't necessarily need to be able to sew to put together a decent cosplay. I don't think it's because they're less creative or anything because some of the best cosplayers I've seen have been male.
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Posted 03 May 2011 - 12:03 PM

Just looking at my cosplaying friends there are just as many guys as girls. But a lot of those guys are more likely to dress casually (because they're working) or for business when they're at a convention. I don't know as many girls who are involved in running conventions, but even then they still try to cosplay a little if they can.
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Posted 03 May 2011 - 06:39 PM

I also disagree with the thought that females are "more creative" than males. I am drawn (no pun intended) to creative, artistic people, and I haven't found there to be any connection between someone's gender and their creative ability. The main reason I think there are more female cosplayers (and I have seen a lot of males, too!) is because of what a few other people said, that girls are more used to dressing up than men are. Although, alternatively, I'd like to say that most of the people attending an anime convention have even a slight interest in art, or are at least a little creative themselves, so most of the guys that would take the time to attend an anime convention would also not have a problem with cosplaying at one. It's more a question of how comfortable you are with yourself to cosplay in front of a lot of strangers than it is what gender you are.
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Posted 03 May 2011 - 07:02 PM

View PostAiko☆Noble, on 03 May 2011 - 06:39 PM, said:

I also disagree with the thought that females are "more creative" than males. I am drawn (no pun intended) to creative, artistic people, and I haven't found there to be any connection between someone's gender and their creative ability. The main reason I think there are more female cosplayers (and I have seen a lot of males, too!) is because of what a few other people said, that girls are more used to dressing up than men are. Although, alternatively, I'd like to say that most of the people attending an anime convention have even a slight interest in art, or are at least a little creative themselves, so most of the guys that would take the time to attend an anime convention would also not have a problem with cosplaying at one. It's more a question of how comfortable you are with yourself to cosplay in front of a lot of strangers than it is what gender you are.


I second this. I am a guy, and am very creative. Started cosplaying a few years ago and love doing it, from creating props, to armor, to yes, sewing.

That aside, I believe all the main reasons have been covered already

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 09:57 PM

o.O i...never noticed the ratio O.o hm
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Posted 03 May 2011 - 09:59 PM

also the factor that there is a pretty steady rise in females getting into anime and games. if i knew how to sew maybe id make my own cosplays a little more...i might just pick it up someday though
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Posted 05 May 2011 - 06:45 PM

There are actually more women in the world than guys. There was some scientific reason behind that. I found that..shocking.

Besides that, mostly depends on options, the fandom, and what area.

Like say if you go to a place that Hetalia is popular yeah you are going to see a lot of girls, but if you go to an area that it's mostly guys to girls or where the women mostly go to raves instead of cosplay then you will most likely find more guys than girls.

It's not because one sex is less lazy than the other or one sex has more money than the other or one sex mostly go to cons to pick up chicks or any crazy reason like that.
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