What the Sexy Costumes?!
By Rachael Penchoen-Lind
Sexy nurse, sexy construction worker, sexy little red riding hood…there’s a seemingly endless list of “sexy” costumes for woman and teenage girls to wear on Halloween. The fact that sexy costumes are the only option for women on Halloween seems to reinforce the idea that women must be sexy in our society. The problem, though, is not that there are sexy costumes. The problem is that there are ONLY sexy costumes.
If you want to dress as a “sexy” whatever for Halloween, that is completely your choice. But what about those who don’t feel comfortable--or just don’t want to--dress up in a sexy costume? Where are the choices for those people?
The problem here is that it is engrained into women’s minds that they must wear revealing costumes in order to be appealing to men. Yet those men that want the women to wear the revealing costumes moan and complain about how Halloween is just a night for “sluts to be sluts with an excuse.” Why can’t girls wear revealing costumes without being deemed “sluts”? (I feel like we’ve talked about this before… ) And *ahem* where are the non-sexy costumes for women??