Monday, November 01, 2010

13 Days of Halloween - a Masquerade vs. a Strip Club

So I had out-of-town company visiting for the Halloween weekend.  It was one of my very dear friends who is also a Halloween-loving, horror-movie-watching dark-hearted fiend.  So, along with my husband, we spooky three spent our time enjoying the holiday weekend, including partaking in four (count them, four!) horror movies.  Consequently, I completely slacked off on my Halloween posts.  I was too busy enjoying it to stop and take time to write about it!  But here are a few final posts to catch us up.  This particular post will fall into my "rant" category.

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, 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.


Laura said...

It's not just you. I don't understand any of it. I hear teens use the word "sexy" and I'm pretty sure they have no idea what the word really means. At least I hope they don't.

I've seen birthday cakes shaped like the playboy bunny for 15 year old girls. I've seen underwear for girls with the playboy bunny on it. I've seen teens that I know at the playboy jazz festival. Christian teens. Under 18. Their parents are conservative, godly Christians and yet their kids were at a music event with a giant bunny head behind them.

I'm not judging their parenting, but it certainly looks like hypocrisy for Christians to condemn pornography but support the #1 recognizable symbol of said pornographic magazine by purchasing merchandise with a "cute" bunny.

I just don't get it. And it makes me sad.

D.L. White said...

I'm right there with you Laura. I don't get it either. It's just wrong on so many levels...

hyacinthinemoon said...

I totally agree with you on this post. I was horrified to see, Sexy Elmo, and Sexy Nemo...yeah, what? It was rediculous. I wouldn't be caught dead in these outfits. I once made my own "Gabrilelle" costume in college from Xina Warrior Princess, but it wans't too bad, but I wouldn't wear it now. You have to be age sensitive and appropriate to some extent. I think the entire thing is weird and over done. Also, thanks for not posting a picture. Usually I don't say those words. haha.

D.L. White said...

There was a Halloween episode of a tv show where the girl was dressed in a trashy costume and one of the other characters asked her, "Are you trying to pick up candy or a john?" That about sums it up.