I wanted to post this up for discussion, debate, deconstruction.
As you guys are choosing costumes this year for yourselves and your children, are you choosing things that are politically correct when it comes to races, genders, feminism, etc, or is it all just fun and games?
For example, one of my own biggest pet peeves. The costume "Indian girl". I don't mind Pocahontas as it is based on something that happened and it is a Disney character, but as only Disney can release a Pocahontas costume, most other places come up with "Indian" or "Indian Girl" costumes that look like Pocahontas for a cheaper alternative.
It makes me angry when I see this, kind of like when I saw Outkast and their on stage costumes. I don't see my race as anything to dress up as, I don't see how it can be a costume on the racks next to ghosts, goblins, etc. I don't see why it's taken so lightly, when if there were a "black girl" costume that perpetuated the stereotypes against black people, there would be more outrage.
I'm also talking about "pimp" costumes, where the pimp only comes in one theme, black man, big suit and either an afro or a fedora with a feather and "bling".
Mainly I'm talking about how the majority of Halloween costumes for men come in comfortable, respectable and non-revealing items, but if I wanted to be a policewoman for Halloween, I bet you anything the majority of the costumes I'd find would be cleavage-bearing, short-short wearing, very revealing costumes.
Why is it that the majority of costumes that stores sell are "slutty nurse", "hooker", "naughty witch", "slutty angel". Why is it that we as women, even as feminist women, feel the need to expose ourselves on Halloween in these tiny costumes and gobble them up as if they were acceptable? Doesn't it seem demeaning or anti-woman in any way? I'm not judging at all and am also trying to figure things out for myself and deconstruct my own costumes, I myself two halloweens ago, was a "slutty angel", with a short-short low cut barely there minidress and knee-high gogo boots, the only thing really making it an "angel" costume, was the halo and wings.
Is it empowering to dress in revealing outfits on the one day you can get away with it? Why do women feel it's the only day they can do it and be comfortable in doing so? Why do stores automatically assume that because we have a vagina, that we'd like to show it to everyone on Halloween in a "naughty schoolgirl" outfit and why grabbing these outfits off the rack in the millions without even a thought as to the fact that there are barely any costumes for women that don't show off the majority of your flesh. Are we doing it for guys to live out the majority of their sexual fantasies in a tiny-barely-there school girl outfit? For ourselves? For fun? Without even realizing implications behind every costume, are we offending other women, children, races?
I remember when I wore my slutty angel outfit.. I was out in -20 weather thinking.. what the hell am I doing wearing this, I'm practically naked. As I won first place in the costume judging as well, against a woman who had a very intricate outfit that she made herself that was both funny and great, I had to wonder if the only reason I truly won is because mine was barely there.