Otherwise known as: “Why Do You Need To See My Upper Thigh?”
First of all, I love Halloween. I love it because it’s during my favorite season, because it’s just a fun association in my mind from childhood (I’m from the time where kids went trick-or-treating alone once we weren’t kindergarteners anymore… the magical golden age of the 80s), because I love dressing up, and because – duh – candy.
However there is one particular aspect to Halloween which bothers me immensely as an adult woman. That aspect is the impossibly hard concept of variety in ladies’ Halloween costumes. I think you might be able to see where this is headed.
Why is this what I find when I do a search for “women’s Halloween costumes”?
Everything is skintight, boob-exposing, and short short short. The point of this post is not “slut-shaming”, and I don’t even like the word ‘slut’ when it’s used for anything other than a term of endearment with my friends (we’re weird). I literally do not care how you dress, ever, ladies. You do what you want. However, I would like a little choice when it comes to Halloween costumes. Yes, I could make my own. Yes, I could go to a fancy costume shop and rent something very intricate. But if I just want a cheap-o one-use Halloween costume from the party store, why do I have no choice other than these?
It’s really not cool. There are all kinds of really great costume possibilities for women – in fact, believe it or not, there are at least as many as guys seem to have. But everything doesn’t need to be the boob-exposing version of it. Maybe I want to dress like an actual cop or pilot or pirate, not like a cop or pilot or pirate stripper. Maybe I am someone who doesn’t want to freeze me arse off on October 31, because most of the time around New England it’s pretty cold by then. It’s as ridiculous to offer ONLY skimpy outfits as it would be to be living in an age where showing my ankle was considered scandalous. It’s 2014, I think we can do a lot better.
As an example, I used to dress up every year at work with one of my coworkers. We used eras of time as our theme. We did the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and when she moved on to another company I carried on with the 80s the next year. We made/styled our own costumes and they were a huge hit and a lot of fun. Oh, you want to see them? OK, here are a couple of examples:
I officially call for an end to the reign of thigh and boob-exposing costume standards for women, and request that we get some variety. I promise you that your sales will go up, makers of costumes. I mean really – this is your version of Olaf? Come on, get it together!
Of course, per the news story I pulled this from, this costume sold out so… please tell me in the comments if I am wrong on this one!