*Disclaimer: This post may contain a word or two(or maybe more) that may be offensive. Consider yourself warned.
When I first started writing this post, my intent was to share some cute Halloween costume ideas for ladies. I work as a bookseller and I am so excited that Halloween is coming up because we have a special story times and I get to wear a costume. Fun, right? Yeah, and that was when the nightmare began.
Let me tell you, I was so excited to look at different websites for costume ideas. The trouble was trying to figure out what to be. So, I started looking at a few websites. Then I clicked on more. And a few more.
And what did I find out? Ready for it?
I could only find a Halloween costume if I was interested in being a slut.
Yeah. Or maybe if I wanted to be sexy. Yeah, that will work really well for a children’s event. I can just see it now. “Mommy what are those things falling out of her costume? Are those her boobies?” Yeah, a great image for impressionable 3 and 4 and 5 year-olds. But hey, at least I found these kid character ones at Party City. I am sure the kids will love them. Everyone loves Care Bears, right?
Maybe the Dads, too. Can I just say yuck?!? Really. How is that appropriate. Okay, I think maybe I just clicked on the wrong section. Let’s try StoryBook costumes, they should have something appropriate, right? Wrong again. More slut wear.
Are you freaking kidding me?!? Do these people really think I am going to be able to squeeze my 42-year old fat body into that nonsense? Really.
So at this point I am so totally disgusted with this website and move to another. And what do I find? More whore-wear. I mean, c’mon people. There is even sexy Darth Vader!! Oh yeah, that will really be great for the kids to see. The things that dreams are made of!
At this point, I am starting to see red. And hating myself and my body more than I already do. And that pisses me off even more.
I. Don’t. Like. That.
Don’t worry, in my old age, I haven’t forgotten that the purpose of Halloween is to dress up and degrade yourself. And sexualize yourself. Yup, that is the true reason for Halloween. The thing is, I don’t understand how we can justify it. That calling it a “costume” makes it okay. Trust me, I am no prude, and maybe when I was younger I *might* have tried wearing that(okay, let’s be honest here. I never would have worn that when I was 18 and 100 pounds because I respected myself!!) to a party. But in this day and age? No.
This post kind of reminds me of this post regarding Target’s clothing line for girls. And let me tell you, I applauded Stephanie at Bikinies & Briefcases. I don’t even have daughters, yet I agreed with every point she made. Why? Because I am dealing with the same exact thing regarding Halloween costumes.
That is sad.
And, don’t get me started on the fact that I now have to watch what I eat so I can fit into a “sexy full-back” costume. Subway, I have never been more ashamed of you! Apparently, I am not alone in this thinking. See what Elle.com has to say about that. Sorry to say it, but I think I have had my last my last sub from you. I refuse to starve myself or skip cheeseburgers just so I can fit into a sexy costume!
So all I can say is this: why can’t Halloween costumes be a little less sexy and little more fun? Cover a few things so people can use their imagination. But most of all, stop this dang nonsense that slutty and sexy are what should be featured!
Oh, and did I ever find a costume? Not yet. I think it will just be easier for me to wear a bag.