The Psychology Behind Why We Enjoy Dressing Up as Fictional Characters: A Discussion on Cosplay and Self-Expression

31 January 2023
Let's delve deeper into the cultural significance of zombies in popular media. 

Zombies have become a cultural phenomenon in modern times. They have been featured in a variety of media forms, including classic films, TV shows, books, and video games. The portrayal of sexy zombies in popular media has evolved over time, but they are typically depicted as undead beings who feed on the flesh of the living. They are often associated with themes of horror, fear, and the unknown.

One reason why zombies have become so popular in popular media is that they can represent a variety of cultural anxieties. 

For example, the fear of the unknown is a common theme in zombie stories, as people are unsure of what is causing the outbreak and what the zombies are capable of. Additionally, zombies can represent the threat of contagion and the breakdown of social order, as survivors must navigate a world where the rules of society no longer apply. 

Zombies are also often used as a metaphor for societal issues, such as consumerism (this was George Romero's specialty theme!), conformity, and the loss of individuality.

In part, it is why The Last of Us show was so popular. 

Moving on to the role of cosplay in promoting body positivity and self-expression, it's important to understand that cosplay is not just about dressing up in costumes and exposing one's well bosumed cleavage. 

It's a form of self-expression that allows individuals to immerse themselves in the worlds of their favorite characters and connect with others who share their interests. Cosplay provides a platform for people to express their creativity, passion, identity - and sexuality.

Like this energetically endowed zombie girl cosplayer:

zombie girl cosplayer large green breasts

This cosplayer has gone all out with her costume - green body paint to indicate skin determination, and bloody nails to suggest her character has attacked other parties. Her dead white eyes imply an unseen evil lurks within and her exquisite dental makeup suggests decay and that her character is well under the spell of whatever made her a Living Dead Girl. 

You would not want this girl kicking on your front door during a Zombie Apocalypse. 

Or ever really. 

Cosplay has become an important platform for promoting body positivity and inclusivity. People of all body types and identities can participate in cosplay and feel empowered. In a world where beauty standards can be restrictive and exclusive, cosplay provides a space where people It doesn't matter if they are large breasted, have a missing knee or bad teeth, they can express themselves in a way that feels authentic and inclusive. 

Cosplay has also become a platform for advocacy, with cosplayers using their platform to promote body positivity and raise awareness about important social issues.

Here's a classic cosplay Star Wars crossover:

stormtrooper zombie

What evil fate befell this Storm Trooper? This looks to be a destiny worse than living through Order 66...

Finally, let's explore the psychology behind why people enjoy dressing up, body painting their breasts, and embodying fictional characters. 

There are several theories. 

One is that it provides a sense of escape from reality. People may use cosplay as a way to temporarily adopt a different identity and experience a different world. Another theory is that it allows for a sense of mastery and control. 

Cosplayers can create and control their own costume and performance, which can provide a sense of empowerment. 

star war cosplayer leia zombie with male pilot
Princess Leia cosplayer and pilot friend with ... a snack.

Finally, cosplay can provide a sense of community and belonging. Cosplayers can connect with others who share their interests and passions, which can help to foster a sense of community and belonging.


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