Talking to Strangers: New York, New York

"Because I didn’t dress like this to get laid, is that not obvious?"

BY ANITA FLORES


James, 23

Are you at all cold in just underwear?
Even in the bar, it is a little drafty. But I came wearing more clothes, so it wasn’t completely brutal on the way here.

What is your costume?
I’m Nick Cage as Miley Cyrus in Wrecking Ball.

Do your balls feel exposed right now being only covered in tighty whities?
Yes, but I’m actually double tighty whitying it because I was concerned about this phenomenon of which you are currently referring to. So I decided it would be best to double up. It’s not so bad.

Have people been hitting on you because of your costume?
It’s been interesting. I’m a straight man, but I’ve definitely received a lot of male propositions tonight.  I went outside to use the ATM, and while I was walking down the street, a man actually tried to lure me into his car. I think because he mistook me for a prostitute. That was interesting and unexpected. 

How did he try to lure you?
He pulled up in a black sedan, couldn’t have been more stereotypical. He was Russian. He said, “You look cold, you should uh, get in my car. Where are you going? Let me give you a ride.” I was like, “No, thank you, sir. Uh, I’m fine.” He said, “No, no. It’s fine just come here, just come sit in my car.” I said, “Bye.” Then I actually ran off down the street.

Dressed the way you are, what could you say to a woman here tonight to impress her?
I truly have no idea. I suppose the best I could do is say, “I’m straight,” and then if she views the way I’m dressed as a positive quality, that’s as good as I can do. Because I didn’t dress like this to get laid, is that not obvious? I don’t know. Girls don’t come across my mind on Halloween night. Maybe most people dress for the opposite sex on Halloween, it’s not for me though.

What do you think the motivation is for a guy to dress up for Halloween versus a girl’s motivation?
As with anytime a girl dresses, she’s more concerned with the way she’ll be perceived by the opposite sex and that has nothing to do with the girl, but what society expects of girls. For Halloween, I think that’s also true and obvious. And then there are all the slutty costumes for like, every profession. For guys, we can just wear whatever the hell we want. I started cross dressing for Halloween years ago as a stupid joke in college but I stuck with it because I find it’s easier than coming up with a creative costume. I just take a stereotypical costume for a girl and wear it as a guy and I’m instantly more clever than the next costume.

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