“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.”
Cady Heron knows what’s up. Girls love to dress “slutty” on Halloween. Walk into a costume store and you are bombarded with a wall full of “sexy” costumes for women. From “Sexy Corn on the Cob” to “Sexy Fox” and “Sexy Pizza,” you can pretty much take anything and turn it into a skimpy costume for Halloween.
Now I don’t care if a girl wants to show a little skin. Women have the right to wear whatever they want and they shouldn’t be slut-shamed whenever they choose to wear a short skirt. What I have a problem with is that an entire wing of the costume industry is marketed to be “sexy,” when true sexiness comes from within, not from the (lack of) clothes on your body.
Arnold discusses why many women feel that Halloween is the one day a year that they are allowed to look sexy:
It’s the one day of the year that every person has the permission to express something that is inside of them that they cannot express in their daily life. Obviously, you can express yourself in what you wear every day. But it’s almost like there’s this permission on Halloween. It is too bad that a lot of the options that are available, if you’re not handy with your hands, seem trashy. There are a lot of people that feel there’s a part of themselves in this society that is, for a lack of a better word, sexy and sensual. Our society as a whole downplays that and makes it seem unnatural when I believe it’s a completely natural feeling to feel sexy. It’s a great feeling, being comfortable in your body. On Halloween, maybe that becomes kind of stretched in a way in a person’s mind and they’re able to think of themselves as a crazy sexy animal, piece of toast, or circuit board.
A woman can dress up as a sexy circuit board if she so pleases, but some of these costumes are just outright offensive. Browsing through the costumes on lingerie website, Yandy, I found some of your typical racist costumes (“Indian Princess,” “Native American Royalty,” “Sexy White Eskimo,” “Asian Persuasion,” etc.) as well as one that made my jaw drop, the “Sexy Straight Jacket” costume.
Are these “designers” TRYING to offend people? I just don’t get it. These disrespectful costumes bring up a whole other issue with Halloween costumes. And don’t even get me started on the fact that some people thought that it was okay to dress in blackface this year. Halloween is not an excuse to be racist.