Halloween is Bringing Sexy Back, and It’s Not a Good Thing

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Costume images via Walmart

Currently, I'm living in Suzhou, China, and am working at an international kindergarten, teaching 2-year-olds how to speak English (despite not even being able to speak Mandarin), how to get along (the majority of these children are currently the only child in their family and will quite possibly remain so for the remainder of their days), how to interact with other children (a side effect of the previous point), and how to experience other cultures.

For example, even though China is on the other side of the earth, it is indeed October, as it is in the States. With this, I have the chance to introduce a piece of Western culture, namely Halloween, to my babies. Halloween isn't a huge thing here, so they'll probably end up coming to school in homemade costumes, which is going to be awesome! 

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The costume selection in the States is a little different, however. The boys have the hardest time finding costumes, though. As of late, boys' costumes have been seen to be a little tight, a little low cut in the front, and a little too revealing when it came to thigh exposure. It's like, they want to just be Olaf, but they can't seem to do so without having to don fishnets.

Ridiculous, right? 

Of course it's ridiculous, because it's not true. But do you know what is even more ridiculous and true? 

Little girls have to deal with that exact issue.

No, girls can't dress up as a pirate or a nurse or a soldier or a cat or really anything, for that matter, and not have the costume be some sort of skimpy version of the original getup. 

A story from MSN gave a list of costumes that were for tween-aged girls that were outrageously sexist, not only because of the actual costume, but the name that the costume had been given. 

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Why is it that girls have to be subjected to objectification at such an early age? Sure, they're more than likely to be objectified by some guy at some point (that seems to be the unfortunate nature of mankind), but they shouldn't have to be forced into wearing something that encourages that just because that is literally all that is being sold. My worry is that all that the only type of costume that is going to be available for girls to wear is going to be some trashy costume that flaunts a girl's body before she really even has a body to flaunt. 

What are your girls being for Halloween? What are some steps you are taking to have your daughter see herself as an intelligent being and not a stick of meat that is worthy only for skin-tight Halloween outfits?

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Halloween is Bringing Sexy Back, and It’s Not a Good Thing

Jace Whatcott is a self-diagnosed introvert who loves crossword puzzles, golf, and reading. Despite being a male contributor—one of the few on this particular website—he is not in unfamiliar territory. Because he is an English major, 90% of his classmates are females, so he’s not too worried about being a fish out of water. One of his favorite things to do is to raid local thrift stores for used books. He’s always looking for something to read, or for something to put on his endless to-r ... More

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  1. Ambur says:

    When my little ones are old enough to trick or treat I will be sewing their costumes. I’ve been sewing my own for a while now because I want to be awesome on halloween, not a prostitute. I think I’m going to be a wizard this year.

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