Our View: Slutoween, the costume dilemma
Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 13:10
Halloween is a holiday that brings fun to all ages. From childhood to young adulthood, picking out the year’s Halloween costume continues to be a crucial decision, but the reasoning behind the decision has definitely changed. As a child, that year’s favorite TV or movie character was sure to make it to the top of the list, but as one gets older, the outfits get racier and skimpier.
Looking at partycity.com, the usual categories are listed: costumes for babies, boys, girls, teens, couples, and even dogs were of no surprise. The category that stands out the most is the “Sexy Costumes” category. An entire page is devoted to costumes that show more skin than the actual costume, for the same price as a costume that is sure to keep one warm during this cold Arkansas fall weather. Not to mention that the costumes are all for women and are no different from the costumes in the women section.
Not all of the costumes are skimpy and saturated with lace, some are skin-tight and require some major commitment to extreme cleavage exposure.
Here’s an interesting comparison between a man’s and a woman’s costume when it came to dressing up as a beaver. The male had the “mascot-type” costume; covering head to toe and sporting a giant beaver head for the face piece. The female version of this costume however includes a furry hood, tube top, mini skirt with tail, gloves, and leg warmers; all the right winter accessories without the main winter outfit.
While the saying, “It’s the only time of the year to dress like a slut and no one can say anything!” could be the holiday YOLO equivalent, why do women have to choose between a sexy costume and, well, another sexy costume?
Costumes for women have turned into this sheer, sensual theme that turns every animal, career, superhero, and even historical figure into an objectified sex symbol just by adding “sexy” before it. Sexy chipmunk, sexy astronaut and sexy Elvis are just a few examples of ridiculous characters “sexified.”
Going through a haunted forest like the one at Pumpkin Hollow is bound to be difficult and more terrifying if the entire time female students are having to battle mud in heels and wardrobe malfunctions while running.
While being sexy is socially defined by showing more skin, why not make it the choice of the consumer? Want to be a sexy kitten or just a kitten? There has to be more options or people have to take their costume into their own hands.
At the end of the day, it isn’t about being sexy or saving money, it’s about being comfortable and having fun. While a nip slip may not be so bad to some, women need to have the choice whether they want their costume to be “sexy” or not, it shouldn’t be just because that is all that is available on the racks.
“Our View” is written by the editorial staff. The opinions are not necessarily reflective of the student body, faculty or administration of ASU.