Definition - What does Cosplay mean?
Cosplayers commonly dress as characters from Japanese manga or anime, but may dress as any fictional characters. The practice originated in Japan but has spread throughout the world.
Kinkly explains Cosplay
The Internet has helped the cosplay community grow through social networks, websites, and forums. There are also major cosplay competitions, which may be standalone events or part of pop culture conventions.
Cosplayers often play with gender roles. It’s not unusual to see women posing as male characters or men taking on female roles. This practice is known as crossplay.
While cosplay is generally an innocent activity, a subset of cosplay culture involves participants portraying sexually attractive characters in revealing costumes. Some members of this subgenre have complained that they have faced physical and verbal sexual harassment from others. Some Comic-Con conventions have adopted strict anti-harassment policies to prevent this kind of behavior.