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Thursday, October 22, 2009

So, I've been looking for a Halloween costume for about a month now. I don't specifically go out shopping for one, but when my friends and I go to the mall, we like to stop in the Halloween store to see if we like anything.
I feel like most of the costumes are the same: really tight fitting, short dresses/skirts/shorts that accentuate the boobs and butt. What about people that can't fit into that? What about the people that don't want to be half-naked? I don't know if you've noticed, but it's been really friggen cold lately.
I personally wouldn't want to wear any of those outfits because, number one, I don't want to freeze my ass off (almost literally), and two because I'm not ok with people being able to see under my dress/skirt when I walk or sit.
Another costume that disturbed me was "The Trophy Wife"...excuse me?
I know, it's Halloween, the holiday that has been misconstrued to now mean "let's dress up like someone/something else for fun, get candy, have lots of parties, etc." Can we do it in a way that does not involve objectifying women? And this isn't pointing the finger at men, saying that they are the only perpetrators.
If you choose to wear a sexy costume, you have every right to...that's the best part about feminism is that it's your choice. I just wish there were more choices available for people who are not partial to that type of dressing up.
Enjoy yourselves, be safe, eat lots of candy...Happy Halloween!

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