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Turning Tricks on Haloween

I wish I had the um, balloons, to wear this costume

Dressing like a tiger does not turn you into one. Even if you have a really good growl. It simply does not work that way.

It never occurred to me that my cousin was a doctor, simply because he dressed as one for Halloween last year. In no way was I tempted to show him my “rash”.

Nor do I believe that if a woman dresses like a slutty-anything it will turn her into one.

It’s as if men shamed us into wearing the slutty costumes and now women have shamed us out of them.

The talk of the town has been focused on judgement and bullying this past week. Ok, that is awesome. We all agree that judging each other based on what we wear to the dogpark or the mall is counter-productive. And that words are just as harmful as fists when it comes to bullying. So why is bashing the slut costume (and by extension, those that choose to wear them) exempted from this inclusiveness?

I rarely see people judging others based  on their choice of clothing for Mardi Gras or a pride Day parade…in these cases we generally applaud creating an environment that let people feel safe and welcome, regardless of how little clothing they have one..or the amount of body glitter they choose to abuse. Nor do we regard them as boring, right?

“Women can be anything their imaginations can dream of, as long as you can’t see their boobs.” Emily McCombs

The biggest argument I have heard about slutty costumes is that they are unoriginal…my kids have dressed as gorillas, pirates, football players and  the ubiquitous teletubby over the years. Not once have I heard them being criticized for their lack of originality. Florists, artists and Prince need to be original - Halloween just needs to be fun and whimsical and maybe even daring, so I simply don’t buy that argument.

Why are we so bent on taking choices away from women? Dressing sexy for Halloween can be fun. Or powerful. Or liberating. I may be missing the point but I am more attune then ever of how women bring one another down.  Is this simply just not another way of doing it?

(For the record, the picture I used was of Emily McCombs, managing editor of xojane.com [lest you think I just randomly googled slutty Halloween images...which I did anyway] – not only is she really really smart and sharp, she looks great as a nurse and she wrote an awesome piece about why she’ll be wearing that as her costume this year)

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15 Responses to Turning Tricks on Haloween

  • Sharon says:

    Hi Marci,

    I agree – I don’t think women should be bullied or shamed into wearing or not wearing something. It’s an individual choice. Where I find it inappropriate is when slutty costumes are being made for children.

    Also, I would like a larger selection of non-slutty costumes for people like me who wouldn’t wear one. :)
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    • admin says:

      Agreed whole-heartedly Sharon…I also have a huge problem with the recent trend of brands and shows using children in provocative ways!! As for adult costumes, I am also searching frantically at 11th hour for costumes, so it usually just ends up being a matter of what I can get at the drugstore at 5:49pm, the night of halloween ;)

    • I agree with Sharon. I have no issues with people wearing revealing Halloween costumes. However, I hate that I can’t go into a costume store and get a costume designed for a woman that isn’t revealing.
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      • marci says:

        Honestly, I am not sure that I have ever tried..I usually start at Value Village or Goodwill…I have no idea trampy costumes were the default ones. Wonder what the mens costumes are like?

  • Dee Brun says:

    I don’t care if women dress as a slutty nun or nurse…to each their own…

    I am a lover of Halloween and dressing up…I just think the slutty costumes are boring as shit…

  • Charlene says:

    Unapologetic I firmly believe that the slutification of children’s costumes is REVOLTING. You decide what age a child is~my definition is anyone under 18. It’s wrong on every level in my books.
    Adults are another matter. I do find the trend disturbing that everything is sexified. I don’t choose to wear it but I don’t judge those who do.Frankly I just find it lacking imagination.

    • admin says:

      Agree completely about children dressed in provocative costumes. Ditto for the recent trend of brands using children (specifically girls) in questionable poses – I am glad that through social media we are able to call them out on it!

  • Marci says:

    I am with you on this. While its disgusting to see kids dressed in sexy costumes… There ain’t nothing wrong with deciding to wear something sexy as an adult. Why not??? Its HALLOWEEN..it should be fun. Besides true power is having the CHOICE to wear what one feels good in as an individual..not everything is a statement.

    • admin says:

      Thanks Marci – to me, that’s the main point, it’s about choices…this type of attitude attempts to limit to our choices, in my opinion.

  • I’m quite convinced that my darling husband wouldn’t give a damn whether my slutty costume was original or not. ;-) That said, I’ve honestly never had the courage to wear one. I guess wearing one might be considered original *to me*.
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  • Jacki says:

    I went a bit naughty this year and I had a blast. I started with my corset – from ten years ago (!) it had to be loosened… but still – and went from there. I ended up with repressed librarian. Complete with thigh highs and garter clips. But that was all under my skirt. Loved how it made me feel. :) Threw some pencils in my updid hair for good measure. Fun night. Too much wine.

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