Halloween is around the corner, so of course this “naughty” toddler costume is being sold at Walmart


“Naughty Leopard” toddler costume spotted by Rachael in WalMart.

We all know Halloween can bring out the worst in already terrible people, with its penchant for insensitive, sexist costumes, cultural appropriation and of course the phenomenon we will refer to as “Sexy Halloween“. But I had hoped we were still too far out to start seeing signs of the Hallo-pocalypse, it being September and all. Not so, according to the Consumerist and a good samaritan reader named Rachael, who snapped a photo of this “Naughty Leopard” costume for toddlers. That’s right, your small girl-child is being urged by Walmart to invoke one side of the virgin-whore dichotomy whilst dressing up for Halloween this year.

Perhaps most confusingly, the outfit itself reads more “adorable leopard” and less “sex sex naughty sex” to me, which means that it’s deliberate marketing and less some necessity of design (?) that’s leading to this completely inappropriate sexualization of young girls.

A friendly public service reminder, one week out from October: Here are some non-racist non-sexist Halloween costume ideas. And don’t forget one of our favorite Tumblrs, Fuck No Sexist Halloween Costumes!, whose page suggests it might begin to update again for the new season shortly.

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Lori Adelman is a writer and advocate focusing on race, gender, and sexual and reproductive rights. In addition to serving as an Executive Director at Feministing, Lori is the Director of Global Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. 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.

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

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