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?

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Lori Adelman is Executive Director of Partnerships at Feministing, where she enjoys creating and curating content on gender, race, class, technology, and the media. Lori is also an advocacy and communications professional specializing in sexual and reproductive rights and health, and currently works in the Global Division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. A graduate of Harvard University, she lives in Brooklyn.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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