"If you choose not to participate in the trend of wearing risqué costumes, more power to you. However, I think it’s dangerous to develop a superior attitude toward other women who want to show some skin. In other words, do your thing, but respect other women who feel confident about their bodies. I recall on a Halloween a few years ago when a woman screamed “sluts!” out a car window as she drove past a group of scantily clad women. For the guys who witnessed that incident, it may have reinforced the acceptability of using those terms. If other women wearing those types of costumes really bothers you, it may be time to examine exactly why it gets on your nerves. Imagine if women complimented each other when they saw each other out in skimpy costumes, and defended each other against sexist, slut-shaming remarks? It would certainly make my Halloween a lot better if women viewed each other in solidarity."
Ok, but there’s still the problem of “risque” costumes being the only commercially available costumes for women to purchase. If you don’t want a slutty version of something you either have to go to a costume rental place and spend an exorbitant amount of money or you have to make your own costume, also possibly spending an exorbitant amount of money and definitely spending more time than most of us have. It’s like the color pink - there’s nothing wrong with liking the color pink but there is something wrong with everything available being pink so that nobody has a choice. There’s nothing wrong with being slutty if that’s what you want to choose but there’s something very very wrong with there being nothing but slutty stuff available so that nobody gets to choose.
hmmmmmm. reblogged for interesting commentary.