Because I think I’ve caught myself in the same trap other cosplayers throw themselves into. I plan these cosplays for down the road, like, to finish after I’m done with what I’m working on now, but in those few months I know damn well I won’t want to do it anymore because I’ll have something new I love and want to cosplay from. Which you know, changing your mind is fine when you don’t have a group planned with friends for each one. D:
But if you don’t plan groups ahead of time, they never happen.
I guess that means that my cosplay groups either won’t ever happen, or they won’t ever happen.
-my gif folder is on my rinputer and I’m too lazy to search for an appropriate one-
Which MLP:FIM Pony are you? Which My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic pony are you?
 You have a huge collection of books. [x] You value your alone time. [x] You have trouble making friends. [ ] You are very intelligent.  You write letters regularly.  You find a lesson in everything. [x] You have trouble doing things “the old-fashioned way.” [ ] You’ve recently moved to a new town. [x] You’re rather sarcastic. [ ] You’re often accused of being a know-it-all. Total: 4
[ ] You’re the black sheep of the family. [x] You’re majorly hyper. [ ] You love to siiiing! [ ] You’re known for throwing great parties! [ ] You’re great at baking. [x] People sometimes don’t get your jokes. [ ] You’re a prankster. [ ] You’re a super-intense personality. [x] You have strange pets. [x] You are known to go to extremes. Total: 4
[x] You’re very stubborn. [ ] You find great joy in working. [ ] You prefer the country to the city. [ ] You speak with an accent. [x] You HATE cheating. [x] You have freckles. [ ] You prefer casual wear rather than flashy things. [x] You wear your hair in a ponytail. [ ] You have a large family. [x] You have trouble lying. Total: 5
[x] You love winning. [ ] You like sports. [ ] You have a funky hair color. [x] You have fangirl tendencies. [ ] You have no problem speaking your mind. [ ] You will give up anything for your friends. [x] You like being recognized for good things. [ ] You have no problem being ‘one of the guys’. [x] You act now, think later. [ ] You’re very brave. Total: 3
[x] You love being the center of attention. (in some situations ») [ ] You have a cat. [x] You sew well. (eeh..) [x] It’s well-known that you’re somewhat vain. [x] You love the excitement of the city! [ ] You will overwork yourself to do something nice for your friends. [x] You wear makeup. [x] You’re prone to whining. [x] You have expensive tastes. [ ] You enjoy ‘girl-time.’ Total: 7
[x] You HATE being the center of attention. (also in some situations) [x] You struggle with sharing your mind. [ ] You love animals and help them however you can. [ ] You’re graceful. [x] You’re very quiet or soft-spoken. [x] You have a secret mean-streak. [ ] You’ve been told you could model. [ ] You’re the eldest of your friends. [x] You like wearing your hair loose and long. [ ] You’re very nurturing Total: 5
“Empowered” and “sexy” are not universally synonymous. That a woman is not a sex kitten does not mean that she’s any less comfortable or empowered or any of that stuff. See above, re: not a homogenous demographic. Stop making sexiness a universal demand. Let some characters be unsexy. And for f*ck’s sake, please, please stop drawing women who are injured, or dead, or being tortured, or punching bad guys, in sex-kitten pin-up poses. That is bad visual storytelling, and it is INCREDIBLY creepy. Let women be heroes for the sake of heroism. Women don’t have to be damaged or traumatized to be strong, or to want to make a difference. Corollary: Dropping rape into a backstory is not a panacea for making a female character complex and gritty.
Imagine you have a daughter. Imagine the kind of women you’d like her to want to grow up to be. Write them. Write women you’d want to be friends — really good friends — with. Write women you’d get in arguments with. Write women you’d be legitimately scared of. Write women like your mom, like your aunts, like your wife, like your friends, like your nieces and nephews and daughters and bosses and friends. We are not aliens… This, too, goes back to “doing things.” A lot of the time, male characters act, and female characters are acted upon. Let female characters make difficult choices — and sometimes choose wrong — and have struggles and the same real victories. Because without those things, they’re not characters; they’re just window dressing.