Aspergers and costume play

Posted: October 1, 2013 in Uncategorized
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In the last article I wrote about how people with Aspergers are really, super duper, into nerd culture. There are some things that could be considered nerd culture, however, which people with Aspergers would be unlikely to participate in. The one thing that I am thinking of is costume play. Many people like to dress up as their favourite comic book characters and go to comic book conventions also known as comicon. I love to see other people in costumes some people really look pretty nifty in them, I mean there are some really super cool costumes out there and boy do some girls look sexy as their favourite characters. Nevertheless, you are unlikely to see someone with Aspergers in a costume since we are very sensitive to many materials that other people are not. Therefore, it is not uncommon for Aspies not to want to dress up in suits and prefer wearing sweatpants to jeans. I often wear jeans because that is what society dictates but it is not my preference for comfort. Also different fabrics can bother us as well as the feel of other textures such as a really juicy oranges, among others. Therefore, chances are that you are unlikely to find many Aspies in different kinds of costumes. Which totally makes sense in my personal life because I have never designed and worn that many different costumes for Halloween and one year I went as a Power Ranger, which is more like dressing like a crazy homeless person, since it consisted of me just talking to my watch and saying Zordon come in.

  1. Artheartsoul1 says:

    Um, no.

    I’ve dressed up for every Halloween and anime convention I’ve ever been to: it’s a must!

    As far as uncomfortable costumes go; I have 3 options:
    1. Deal with it.
    2. Compromise. “Well, this isn’t the exact fabric that I need, but it looks similar and it’s more comfortable than the other fabric, so I’ll go with this one. ”
    3. Add something that you can tolerate underneath. (This could pose a problem for those that are heat sensitive. )

    Something that is a problem for me is make-up, for allergic/self-confidence/skin health reasons.

    Also, fabric sensitivity goes person-by-person. Some aren’t all. And I know for me, jeans can be pretty uncomfortable, depending on the tightness of them, holes, and type of denim. But sweatpants can be, too: cotton isn’t always soft. And they’re not always made out of that.

    • mrasperger says:

      thank you for your great response

    • mrasperger says:

      You have some really great advice. I have never really suffered much in this regard but have always found sweatpants more comfortable than jeans. I guess i should probably stick mroe to what I know, I just thought it would be a good article to write as a follow-up to my piece about the rise of the nerd culture and how that’s good for people with Aspergers

      • Artheartsoul1 says:

        It’s alright to delve into the unknown. You had a hypothesis, and I had proof otherwise.

        I don’t know that many aspies and auties, so I can’t make a judgement on the percentage that do cosplay or go normal, you know? I just know that I’m the exception.

        I haven’t looked at the rest of your blog, but something that really intrigues me about that subject would be how visual-sensitive nerds relate to the rest of the culture. I had developed “extremely severe artificial light sensitivity” in my late teens, and it was pretty awkward having to wear dark sunglasses over my cosplay just to walk around the cons. And explain that I was completely ignorant to any new shows/movies/video games people would try to chat me up about.

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