By Jelena Subotic
Photo by Kevin McShane
When did Halloween stop being a holiday to show off scary costumes, creativity and originality, and start advocating slutty dress up time? Is it a lack of creativity, or is there actually an unspoken rule for Halloween to bring out the slut even in the most modest of girls?
I mean with the costume options given to girls, it’s no wonder sexy is so popular. How original is something that just puts the word “sexy” in front of it and calls itself a costume? I don’t know how many more sexy nurses, sexy maids or sexy police officers I can take. I noticed that even younger girls use Halloween costumes to imitate role models such as Hannah Montana and even Lady Gaga, it may end up being cute, but how wrong is it for a seven year old girl to want to look like lady Gaga?
What I wonder the most is if these revealing costumes and getups are actually empowering for the girls wearing them. Someone might feel confident enough to be able to pull off a sexy maid costume every year, but I find there is a big difference between sexy confidence and just plain sluttiness. It’s obvious that sexiness can be empowering, if pulled off the right way, but I also think that a lot of the time Halloween is just used to grab a little attention. True, a little innocent attention is fine. But why just use Halloween, a traditional holiday where spooking people used to be the norm for prancing around in your fishnet tights and nine-inch stilettos? Because Halloween is used for dressing up, I find that a lot of the time girls use it to be a character for just one night. Does that make it okay to dress slutty? No one can tell one how to dress, but I feel using Halloween to generate provocation and get some stares is taking the spirit of the holiday in the wrong direction. Take the idea of being a sexy maid or a sexy nurse. Not only does it present the assumption that women in those professions are degraded, but it also makes the one wearing the costume an object.
Is Halloween just an excuse to dress provocatively and get away with it, or is it more than that? Maybe it is one night where it’s acceptable to dress a bit more revealing, but in any case I think we should take a little second to consider why is “sexy” the go-to costume most girls choose. In any case, if it makes you feel good, go for it! I on the other hand will be snuggly warm while I wear pants.