Thursday, October 28, 2010

Happy Whorelloween?

I fear that a great many halloween costumes are being mislabeled.  Recently, I've noticed costumes with names like "sexy Alice" (in Wonderland), "sexy pirate," "queen bee sexy costume," and - my favorite - "sexy furry sci-fi costume."  Ok, maybe "sexy skunk" was my favorite.  Anyway.  I think a better description for these costumes would be something like "slut dressed like a nurse" or "what a whore would wear and think it looks like Cleopatra."

What I really can't understand is the appeal of taking a favorite/beloved and instantly recognizable children's character like Little Orphan Annie or Snow White and turning into a shame-based and tawdry representation thereof.  Personally, I find it revolting that the most innocent of characters must be degraded and sexualized.  I realize that some women are so one-dimensional and insecure that they must seize upon any and every opportunity to "slut it up",  and the naughty nurse and French maid outfits have been around forever.  But when someone chooses a "sexy" costume based on a character created for children, in my opion, they have crossed a line. It's not funny.  It's not cute.  It's not original or imaginative.  It's just in poor taste, an speaks volumes of your character.

Don't get me wrong - I'm no party pooper.  When I was 9 months pregnant with my third child I dressed as  "pregnant Frayser redneck" for Halloween. (If you are not from Memphis, Frayser is to Memphis as New Jersey is to New York. Wait- except it's not a separate state or anything...ok, so not the greatest analogy, but you catch my drift) I wore a maternity skirt, a regular, ill-fitting top, orange nail polish, big hair and red platform sandals.  It was hilarious (if I do say so myself), a bit off-color, and definitely original.  I'm not saying I'm the be-all-end-all in Halloween costumes.  Ok, my "Mrs. Roper" costume was great too.  Used one of my mom's old muumuu's from Hawaii and some tacky beads.

I guess I just don't get the "hey, it's halloween... so tonight I finally get dress slutty and get guys to look at my boobs and stuff, and it's ok because the mardi-gras like atmosphere will make people realize that being slutty is not really in my character, it's just that my low self-esteem demands that I draw attention to myself in this way when I have the opportunity and excuse to do so" mentality.  

I guess what I'm saying is, I encourage you drop the illusion, go ahead and dress slutty every day, but for crying out loud, let's leave Snow White out of it.

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