Are you over 'sexy' Halloween costumes? | The Tylt
Are you over 'sexy' Halloween costumes?
Practically the entire "sexy costume" trend is geared towards younger women, who are pushed to wear something revealing that they can "still pull off" (ostensibly, before they become old and undesirable). Then, when they wear a sexy costume, they're called harlots and worse. Women can't win here.
Others say "slut up" and to hell with the naysayers!
Sex advice columnist Dan Savage argues that criticizing women for wearing sexy costumes is just sex negative, and shames women for exploring their sexuality. He's dubbed Halloween the heteronormative version of Pride—an opportunity to celebrate sexuality, be outrageous, and have some fun.
Savage acknowledges the double standard; it’s unfair that women are the ones who strip down while men don’t, but he points out that the culture at large expects women to be put on display, an expectation which carries over into Halloween traditions. All this negativity around sexy female Halloween costumes just comes across as prudish.
But Suzanne Scoggins argues Dan is dead wrong. The sexy costume trend isn't about liberation—it's just more patriarchal bullshit.
The message is clear. Women can’t just be astronauts or cops or firefighters. They have to be sexy astronauts, sexy cops, sexy firefighters. They have to uphold that traditional patriarchal obligation to be sexually pleasing to men.
Why are Halloween costumes so sexist? Not every woman/girl wants to be a 'sexy' anything, how about actual scary costumes?