I have a student, apparently male, who sometimes comes to class dressed as a female anime character. It’s a large class, and he sits at the back, but his costumes are flamboyant and include large wigs, so he catches the eye. He first caught my eye the morning after I posted my piece on “Draggieland,” and I’ll admit that I thought his appearance in the class might not be a coincidence.
Yesterday he wore what looked to me like a Mini Mouse costume, with a very wide polka dot party dress, six-inch platform shoes, and a colorful pompadour-style wig. When he handed in his quiz, I noticed that his costume included a mask that covered the lower half of his face. My daughter tells me that some girls at her school wear this sort of cosplay mask. To my untutored eye, it looked like a cross between a surgeon’s mask and the face-gear of a sadomasochist.
I do not know what this means, and can only suppose that something in the penumbra of the Constitution bars me from asking. I should add that the class has no dress code and he is perfectly welcome to take it.
This student also films my lectures with his cell phone. He’s not the only student who uses a phone in this way, but he does it a lot and it’s hard not to notice when he does. I feel a little odd being filmed by a young man in a polka dot dress who is wearing a facemask and a wig.
But I suppose that just makes me the odd one.