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McGunnigle, Christopher. "Rule 63: Genderswapping in female superhero cosplay." Gender and the Superhero Narrative. Eds. Michael Goodrum, Tara Prescott and Philip Smith. Jackson: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2018. 144–79. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: McGunnigle2018
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Categories: General
Keywords: Cosplay, Ethnography, Fandom, Gender, Superhero, USA
Creators: Goodrum, McGunnigle, Prescott, Smith
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi (Jackson)
Collection: Gender and the Superhero Narrative
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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.
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