“Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.”- Mean Girls
Contrary to the ever so popular Mean Girls quote, I’m about to say something about it.
Now don’t get me wrong I love Halloween. In fact, it’s one of my favorite holidays! Nothing is better than eating pumpkin flavored everything while watching Halloweentown or Hocus Pocus. But, one of the things I don’t enjoy about this spooky holiday is the costumes that objectify women (and get this- we let it happen! In fact, we almost encourage it!)
I love dressing up. From cowgirl, flapper girl, and even a pumpkin, I’ve definitely had my fair share of costumes over the years. Every single year when looking for costumes there is always a far wider variety of “sexy” or “slutty” costumes to choose from and over the years I’ve just watched it become a social norm (which is kinda saddening for our society). From slutty cat, chef, maid, and teacher, these costumes seem to be less focused on portraying the thing you’re dressing up as and more focused on making that character or profession look as far fetched and slutty as possible.
Let me tell you what happens when you put this “slutty” costume on…
First off, you might as well accept that you will be seen as an object instead of an actual human being with feeling for the remainder of the night. When guys see women dressed as if they just left the Victoria’s Secret Angel auditions, do you really think they’re interested in getting to know you and your personality? No. Odds are they’re interested in finding out Victoria’s Secret.
Second, you’re encouraging people to only see women as sex objects. Sex sells and so do sexy costumes. As if women didn’t already have a hard time being taken seriously do you really think prancing around in a skimpy two piece with mouse ears on in 50 degree weather will help our cause at all? If you want to be taken seriously, take yourself seriously.
Have some respect for yourself ladies! I’m not saying don’t go out and dress up and have fun, but just be aware of the message you’re sending out to others and whether or not it’s the message you want to be sending out.
Now I’m not here to offend anyone or call people out, I just want to shed some light on this topic. Feel free to maintain your opinions but please respect mine 🙂
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