Monday, November 01, 2010
13 Days of Halloween - a Masquerade vs. a Strip Club
Since when did Halloween for young girls and adult women become less about clever, cute or creepy costumes and more about so called "costumes" that look like they came from the lingerie aisle or worse yet, Strippers R Us? I know I'm probably stating the obvious here, but our society is becoming so completely over-sexualized, it's ridiculous. I was going to put an example picture here, but I couldn't even stand to have a picture of one of those costumes on my blog, even with black modesty bars across the exposed bits. I'm sure I don't need to explain them. If you went costume shopping this year, or went out on the town over Halloween weekend, I'm sure you were witness to at least one of these atrocities. Out of all the costumes listed on BuyCostumes.com, approximately one-third of the adult costumes are listed as "sexy". They are sleeveless, bustier, garter-belt, short-skirt combos that leave absolutely nothing to the imagination.
A sexy ladybug? Really?
Or worse yet, a sexy Big Bird costume. Yeah, the Big Bird from Sesame Street, a KID'S show!!! That's just wrong on so many levels.
Speaking of kids... I'm not a parent, but I have friends with kids, and have tried to shop for said kids, for birthdays or whatnot, and been dismayed at the lack of modest clothing for little girls. It's not cute for a five-year-old to have "Juicy" or "Sweet" emblazoned across the seat of their pants. So I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that these skimpy Halloween costumes are also invading the pre-teen sizes as well. There was a pre-teen girl that showed up at my door to trick-or-treat last night in the raunchiest, tiniest Catholic school girl get-up, that I wanted to loan her a coat to cover up with.
We are robbing children of their innocence much too soon. We are desensitizing ourselves to sexual images. Women who are respectable moms, co-workers and friends, are walking out of the house in clothes they wouldn't dare go to the mall in on an average afternoon, all under the premise that "Halloween makes it okay. It's just a costume." We're objectifying our bodies, then complain when men treat us poorly. Has the whole world gone and lost its mind?!?!
Are sexy Halloween costumes really a reflection of a bigger problem in our culture or am I just overreacting? Or if you agree, what's the solution? Please leave me a comment and let me know.