This is not a movie review. This is a response to the character of Hellboy.
If you asked me years ago why I decided to cosplay Hellboy, I’m not sure how I would have answered….
All in Sizeism
I originally wrote this in December and submitted it but it wasn’t picked up, so you get to read it now.
This essay contains spoilers for the movie Dumplin’. Read at your own risk.
My feelings were hurt and I’m working through it. This is what happens sometimes when you share yourself. It’s my least favorite part.
If you only rock with me when I’m happy then you are kind of a trash person who finds my humanity inconvenient.
This is going to be complicated. You’ve been warned.
It’s taken me years to realize that I am neither my “before” or “after” picture. I am me and I am amazing!
Breaking normal is more than just being visible. Sometimes, you gotta talk the talk, too and it ain’t always straightforward or easy.
Sometimes, it’s really not you. But you gotta look at yourself and be honest about your shit to be sure.
The world of cosplay has changed but the rules of marginalization and oppression have not.
People stay hardcore mainlining the marketing kool-aid on the topic of weight loss and more than half the shit they say is wrong...and dangerous.
I'm weird. Or am I? And if you think I am, what does that say about you?
Cosplay is a way of loving myself despite what the world tells me.
This is where I talk about the mind-fuck that comes with the physicality of cosplay. Because apparently I look *just like* one of these cartoon women.
Image Source: http://www.dulcineapitagora.com/all-oppression-is-connected/ by Jim Chuchu
Oppression is a compilation of moments that create a pattern. It’s the matching your pattern to others and seeing the overlap. It’s expanding your view to include the experiences of others and seeing the bigger picture that’s influencing your experiences and opportunities.
Racists, sexists, ableists, sizeists – it’s time to own our shit and change everything or we will be nothing.
Are you attending MomoCon this year? I am and I'll be on THREE panels. Check out my blog for more information about the panels and my co-panelists.
Hope to see you there!
From fat to less fat to fatter...
Oppression is truly the American way and has been since its inception. The founding fathers who fought for freedom from Britain? That fight wasn’t for the freedom of some. Not everyone. The same people who wrote that “all men are created equal” owned slaves. You know, people not considered equal.