Halloween open thread: did you go as a sexy _____?

Last week Chloe wrote about one of her new favorite Tumblrs: Fuck No Sexist Halloween Costumes in anticipation of Halloween, aka “that time when people who you think are normal and sensible and great suddenly morph…into walking talking demonstrations of sexism, racism, and cultural appropriation.” The site  compares costumes meant for men with costumes meant for women, showing the inherent double standard in the sexy Halloween costume business.

But there’s been some interesting ( and kinda insider-y but hear me out) talk this year about the role of the feminist blogosphere in critiquing the “sexy ___” Halloween trend. Dan Savage thinks we’re slut shamers. Amanda Marcotte thinks we should “chill out” and “let it go” and that “instead of simply attacking the concept of a sexy Halloween costume in the future, maybe it’s time to offer some positive examples of costumes that allow you to be both sexy and express your individuality and creativity.” Eleanor Barkhorn over at the Atlantic explores some of the ethical and practical complications of “killing sexy Halloween”, noting that criticism of the trend has now crossed over into pop culture, rather than being relegated to op-eds (presumably by crotchety ole feminists). And we hosted a defense of the “sexy Halloween” tradition on our site last year. 

You’ve had some great ideas in the past so tell us: what did you go as this Halloween? Did you feel empowered? Constrained? Sexy?

Brooklyn, NY

Lori Adelman is a writer and advocate focusing on race, gender, and sexual and reproductive rights. In addition to her work at Feministing, Lori is an Associate Director at Planned Parenthood Global. Lori has previously worked at the United Nations Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and Human Rights Watch, and has written for a host of print and digital properties including Rookie Magazine, The Grio, and the New York Times Magazine. She regularly appears on radio and television, and has spoken at college campuses across the U.S. about topics like the politics of black hair, transnational movement building, and the undercover feminism of Nicki Minaj. In 2014, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation's most influential African Americans, and to the Forbes Magazine list of the "30 Under 30" successful people in media.

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