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Halloween is a time of year for candy, costumes, and for me, giving away more free condoms. What it shouldn’t be is a time for an overwhelming amount of sexualized costumes for women, sex/body shaming, and cultural appropriation.

When it comes to picking out a Halloween costume, there doesn’t seem to be a lack of “sexy” costumes for women. In fact, over the years I’ve seen people comparing what options men have for their halloween costumes; women often only have a much tighter and shorter version. (Have you ever seen this Sexy Corn costume? What about Naughty Nemo? SEXY MY LITTLE PONY? WHY?!)

Honestly, I feel like the people who design these costumes think “women will only want to wear a Ninja Turtle costume if we make it SEXY!!”

It’s a problem that women aren’t given many options for different non-sexy styles of Halloween costumes but it’s even more of a problem that women are then shamed for wearing sexy costumes. They are made to feel less than and told they cannot wear what they have chose is best for them. It seems that people often find issue when women are making decisions for themselves. Judging someone based on how they look degrades them. How someone dresses also does not determine how many people they have sex with or how often they have sex, as calling them a “sluts” or “whores” suggest. Just as important, how many people someone has sex with or how often they have sex is no ones business but their partners.

I’ve heard people say that women just need to be more “creative” and make their own Halloween costumes if they are unhappy with the options they are given. While I understand the sentiment, that doesn’t solve the issue. First off, most people don’t have the time for that. Second, the options that women are given and our reactions show how we as a society view women and what we expect from them; be sexy, but not a slut. It’s a catch 22. Women are expected to be visually pleasing for others but then are criticized for dressing like a “slut” when it’s sometimes the only option. There is no reason to put down a women for the clothes they chose to wear.

Why is it “slutty” to show skin? Why must we blame women for just trying to navigate their lives while systematic sexism and misogyny is everywhere?

I think it is also very important to mention that someone’s culture is not a costume for your enjoyment on Halloween, or anytime.

You are not “appreciating” the culture because what you are doing is stereotyping, making fun of, and/or fetishizing a culture. It’s taking parts on someone’s culture without knowing the meaning and significance behind it. The people you are dressing up as do not get to take of a costume at the end of the night and shed their oppression. It is dehumanizing. The campaign “We’re Culture, Not a Costume” created by Ohio University’s STARS is one of my favorites and does a good job of presenting this idea.

I’m not going to tell you what you can and cannot say and what you can and cannot wear this Halloween but I think it is important to be mindful of your choices and how they affect others.

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