Sexist Halloween Costumes

Halloween is just around the corner, which means I’m seeing ads and pictures of costumes anywhere.  I found this tumblr (http://fucknosexisthalloweencostumes.tumblr.com/) which compares men and women Halloween costumes.  Why must all the women’s costumes have to be sexy?  Especially when I compare the women’s costume to the men’s.  I’m reminded of a Mean Girls quote “In the regular world, Halloween is when children dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In Girl World, Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.”  This just reminds me of the sexualization of the female body.  Even before skimpy costumes were manufactured for Halloween, there were women who used Halloween as an excuse to expose themselves.  And especially on a college campus, it is now almost expected for girls to be slutty on Halloween.  I wonder if the manufactures are male, who are okay with objectifying women because it’s what they want to see, or if it’s just because it’s what sells.  All I know is that I’ll be praying to the costume gods that I can find a cute but covered up costume this year.

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