Yes, I know. I already wrote a 'Halloween' post.
But the more I thought about how Halloween gets used to objectify women and sexualize young girls, the more upset I got. Especially because, I LOVE Halloween. It's by far my favorite holiday. I mean, you get to dress in a costume and pretend to be whoever you want--real or fantasy--and your friends will address you as a princess, or the president, or a teenage mutant ninja turtle! Not to mention the candy and pumpkins! To me, it's a fantastic time to party with your friends, get a sugar-high, dress up and nobody says 'boo' (unless they're dressed like a ghost!).
Unfortunately, our society has somehow taken what should be an innocent holiday and turned it into an expectation for women to dress in lingerie or be labeled a prude! Everywhere you turn there's a “slutty” or “sexy” version of an animal, cartoon character, monster or even historical character. Don't even get me started on the double entendre of a 'sexy' domestic staff woman.
I especially love this quote from author Bug_Girl at SkepChick: "I don’t mind being sexy, but I think sexy comes from being smart, not from letting everyone look at my buttcrack."
The worst part about it all is that the age of women and girls dressing this way (or more accurately, feeling obligated to dress this way) is getting younger and younger.
Do you think there's a way to take back halloween?
How do we communicate to girls and women that it's okay to NOT dress 'sexy' or 'slutty' for halloween without ostracizing women who choose to, or making women who want to feel uncomfortable?
How does this narrow definition of sexiness (i.e. lingerie) harm sexuality? Are there aspects of 'sexiness' that are excluded? (I believe there are many ways to be sexy without baring everything you've got).
Share your thoughts! I'm curious to hear your opinions.