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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Halloween Costumes Suck for Girls

Halloween will soon be over and done with, but not my disgust with the over sexualized costumes for females. During my search for this year’s costume, it was nearly impossible to find a Halloween costume that didn’t involve having my chest and legs on display. Even costumes for young girls were outrageously revealing. But why have female-bodied costumes become so sexualized? It’s simple, sex sells – that doesn’t mean it’s okay though. It means society portrays females as nothing more than commodities for sexual satisfaction.

Male-bodied costumes aren’t sexualized at all. When I was shopping for a superhero costume, the male section had rows and rows of costumes, but when I went to the female section all they had was one wall full of “superhero” corsets, ruffled underwear, and tutus. There is a lack of options for female-bodied costumes, but definitely not for men. Males can be whatever they want and don’t have to worry about their costumes being too revealing. Male-bodied costumes also tend to have more executive positions, for example, a doctor versus a nurse, or a football player versus a cheerleader. The patriarchy has become apparent in the divide of male and female-bodied Halloween costumes.

The costumes for children have gradually become more sexual over the years. The only difference between the costumes for girls and women are the girls’ costumes are a few inches longer in length. Besides that the costumes are pretty much identical. A costume for toddlers called “Naughty Leopard” had to be taken off the shelves at Wal-Mart due to the large amount of complaints. It’s horrifying that children are becoming more and more sexualized. The costumes are giving the children the idea that they need to dress in a provocative way to “fit it” and look “cute.” It’s teaching young girls that you need to dress in a seductive way to fit in.

Besides the costumes being ridiculously objectifying, they are advertised for skinny females only. Females are being sent a message they need to fit a certain body type to wear them. There is only a limited number of costumes for plus size females, so if they don’t fit this “ideal size” the chance of them getting a Halloween costume they want is slim. Costumes shouldn’t be limited to only skinny people. The only thing this system of advertisement has done is made females feel insecure and uncomfortable with their bodies.

I asked three females and males from around the school what they thought about the costumes and I received some interesting answers. Most of the males I asked said things like “I like them” and “they’re hot.” Of course the male gender doesn’t see anything wrong with the Halloween costumes because, due to the patriarchy, they’ve never been degraded and objectified. Females are still seen as nothing other than an object for male pleasure. When I asked the females they all agreed the costumes were “ridiculous” and “not okay.”

Halloween costumes for female-bodied people are gross. If a female wants to dress sexually and seductively, that’s okay– but that shouldn’t be the only option. Hopefully next year there will be a bigger selection for females of all preferences and sizes to choose from.

What do you think about the costumes? Leave a comment below!

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  • Jillian

    I think the costumes for women and girls are disgusting, but we shouldn’t let these companies control the spectrum of our costume choices – anyone can create a simple costume themselves. DIY is very popular at the moment and the costume will probably end up being cheaper, which is a plus!