h, Halloween. The beautiful time of year, when men will be cops, fire fighters, robots, and a myriad of real and fictional characters — and women will be sexy cops, sexy fire fighters, sexy robots, and sexy versions of basically anyone or anything.
Last time I saw a woman police officer in real life, the emphasis of her uniform was more police officer, less "sexy."
October 31 is a brisk time of year in much of the country. Trick-or-treating temps where I live can dip into the 30s. That’s no problem for most costumes for men, which include long sleeves, long pants, and often lots of muscle padding. It’s to squeeze some warm layers under there. Costumes for women, though? A whole lot of tank tops and micro-mini skirts and bare midriffs. PERFECT.
My daughter wants to be Jane Goodall for Halloween, so I googled images for ideas. Unsurprisingly, Sexy Jane Goodall is a thing.
So the costume version of an actual real woman has to be sexified? What the hell is wrong with us? At least of the Jane Goodall costumes I found online, the sexy versions were for adults while children dressed as, well, normal Jane Goodall.
But that’s not always the case. Look in any costume section in any store and the little girl version of a costume is usually fairly modest, if seasonally inappropriate. But the ‘tween and adult versions? It’s what exotic dancers would wear if they worked at Disney-themed strip joints. (Which, let’s be honest, probably do exist.)
This problem is ubiquitous. Any costume comes in two versions: regular and girl. (Warning: this video is hilarious, but NSFW because of language.)
The girl version always has an adjective attached. These include, but are not limited to: sexy, slutty, frisky, naughty. The regular (boy) version never has an adjective. Boy = Astronaut. Girl = Steamy Astronaut.
Some things just shouldn't be sexy.
…including characters that either are children, or for children. Think Elmo, Bert and Ernie, Dorothy, Alice, Dora, Gretel, Minnie Mouse, Nemo, Scooby Doo…
This list goes on. And yet. You’d be surprised what you find in costume shops across the country.
Sexy candy corn?? Are you freaking kidding me?
Don’t get me wrong. Women are free to wear whatever they please for Halloween — or any other time. If dressing like sexy congealed corn syrup makes you happy, go for it. But a lot of these costumes are marketed toward kids who quickly learn that there are two versions of everything on offer: the regular one, and the lesser, mostly naked version for women.
Twitter user @lyssfame recently posted an image of the male and female versions of the same costume to point out the silliness of this double standard…