Have we reached peak sexy Halloween costumes? | The Tylt
Remember those distant, innocent days when people simply dressed up as ghosts and superheroes for Halloween? Now it seems every women's costume comes with a sexy twist—from sexy prison inmate to sexy Freddy Krueger. Ebola and sexy should probably never occupy the same sentence—these costumes aren't sexy, they're just stupid (and often super inappropriate). Others say stop being so prudish and slut-shaming—if people want to dress revealingly that's their business. What do you think? Vote below!
Have we reached peak sexy Halloween costumes?
Practically the entire "sexy costume" trend is geared towards women, who are pushed to wear something revealing they can "still pull off" (before they become old and undesirable). Then, when they wear a sexy costume, they're called harlots and worse. Chicks can't win here.
The "sexy" twist can go so, so wrong...
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 hetero version of Pride day: an opportunity to celebrate sexuality, be outrageous, and have some fun.
Savage acknowledges the double standard, agreeing "it’s unfair that women are the ones who strip down while men don’t, but pointed 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, he argues."
Can't we just go back to the simpler times? Does everything have to be sexualized?
Stop telling women what to wear! If we want to be sexy Harambe for Halloween, then so be it!
Often dubbed "the costume whisperer," dress-up expert Molly Kavanaugh offers several thoughts on sexy getups in her costume philosophy:
Rule #1: Great costumes aren't about looking sexy.Maybe your getup ends up being incidentally sexy, but looking hot can't be the raison d'etre for the costume. You don't necessarily have to make yourself look horrible (although looking horrible can be really hilarious and fun)—sometimes outfits can be skimpy in a funny or subversive way. When my roommate and I dressed as Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, we wore skimpy skater costumes because they were an accurate representation of those people. But, we also wore rollerskates and big puffy coats with the Olympic emblem on them, and kept re-enacting the knee whack, so I was rolling around on the floor with a big fake bruise on my knee screaming "Why me??" half the night. We were just trying to really demonstrate those characters."