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Gender and the Superhero Narrative$
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Michael Goodrum, Tara Prescott, and Philip Smith

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496818805

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496818805.001.0001

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Rule 63

Rule 63

Genderswapping in Female Superhero Cosplay

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(p.144) Rule 63
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Gender and the Superhero Narrative
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Christopher McGunnigle

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496818805.003.0007

Genderswapped characters are rarely a canonical part of a company’s intellectual property, but rather a concoction of fan creativity. However, as Rule 63 made its way around the internet, variations in its wording showed a bias in the adage’s primacy of gender. The male character and his female genderswapped version is shown to be the rule while female to male genderswapping is an often-missing corollary. Such a gendered hegemony is present not only online but also in general fan culture. This chapter interrogates the processes that underpin this and also investigates the nature of cosplay through ethnography.

Keywords:   Cosplay, Performativity, Fandom

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