Posts Tagged Halloween

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

 

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 “

How many women dressed up kinda like Karlie Kloss for Halloween?

I don’t think there’s much need to explain the problems with Karlie Kloss’s “Native American headdress replica” and bikini ensemble at Victoria Secret’s recent fashion show. As Nika Mavrody wrote at The Fashion Spot:

The headdress as fashion accessory relies on and reinforces stereotypes of Native Americans, a minority culture and race… I don’t know anything, but I do know that the headdress belongs to a specific spiritual practice, and commodifying it to sell corporate panties for Christmas — or a pouty-lipped pop star’s latest albums — fits nicely into the genocide-y, pillage-y relationship America has with American Indians.

The sexualized use of the headdress is particularly disturbing given the disproportionate rates of sexual violence against Native Americans. The last ...

I don’t think there’s much need to explain the problems with Karlie Kloss’s “Native American headdress replica” and bikini ensemble at Victoria Secret’s recent fashion show. As Nika Mavrody wrote at The Fashion Spot:

The headdress as ...

Favourite new tumblr: Fuck No Sexist Halloween Costumes

Ugh, it’s that time of year again. That time when people who you think are normal and sensible and great suddenly morph, not into monsters or ghouls, but into walking talking demonstrations of sexism, racism, and cultural appropriation. It’s Halloween.

Via Sociological Images, check out the new blog Fuck No Sexist Halloween Costumes, which compares costumes meant for men with costumes meant for women. Take these two bacon costumes, for example.

Or these Scooby Doo costumes.

Or these Kermit costumes, where the man actually gets to dress up as Kermit, and the woman gets to wear a skimpy dress with Kermit on it.

Or this completely absurd grape costume. First of all WHO THE FUCK GOES AS ...

Ugh, it’s that time of year again. That time when people who you think are normal and sensible and great suddenly morph, not into monsters or ghouls, but into walking talking demonstrations of sexism, racism, and cultural ...

Halloween brings out the worst in horrible people

Halloween may be a cringe-worthy time of year, but it can also reveal people’s true colors.

The folks at the anti-choice Susan B. Anthony List, for instance, carved up this jack-o-lantern yesterday. If there’s a more terrifying Halloween nightmare than having your womb occupied against your will by a fetus with an oddly large hand, I don’t know what it is. This is the kind of sentiment you’d think the anti-choice movement would try to downplay. But I guess since they were among like-minded people at a work lunch, they felt free to let their forced birth flag fly high. [Via]

And then there’s this photo from last year’s staff Halloween party at the law firm ...

Halloween may be a cringe-worthy time of year, but it can also reveal people’s true colors.

The folks at the anti-choice Susan B. Anthony List, for instance, carved up this jack-o-lantern yesterday. If there’s ...

“We’re a culture, not a costume”

It’s Halloween season folks, and with that also comes the season when politically-minded people cringe at the plethora of offensive halloween costumes that will invariably decorate the shelves. Maya wrote about “sexy” costumes last week.

With that in mind, a really poignant ad campaign, of which the poster below is a part, is circulating the interwebs this season, courtesy of Students Teaching About Racism in Society (STARS) a group from Ohio State University. Their group mission:

To educate and facilitate discussion about racism and to promote racial harmony and to create a safe, non-threatening environment to allow participants to feel comfortable to express their feelings.

Our former Editor Ann Friedman put together a really great non-sexist, ...

It’s Halloween season folks, and with that also comes the season when politically-minded people cringe at the plethora of offensive halloween costumes that will invariably decorate the shelves. Maya wrote about “sexy” costumes last week.

With that ...

The Wednesday Weigh-In: Sexy Halloween Edition


Read Part 2 of the cartoon at The Hairpin. “Sexy Virgnia Woolf” is my fav.

It’s almost Halloween, you guys! Which means yet another year of eye-rolling about how TEH SEXY has completely taken over. Jillian Tamaki’s costume ideas in Part 2 of the cartoon above are so hilarious/sad because they not very different at all from actual costumes on the market. Sexy Nemo?! Really?

But confession time: One of the reasons I hate the fact that a sexy costume has become all but required is that I kinda like dressing sexy for the occasion. Yes, I’m one of those girls. If Halloween is fun because it’s a night we’re allowed to pretend to be something we ...


Read Part 2 of the cartoon at The Hairpin. “Sexy Virgnia Woolf” is my fav.

It’s almost Halloween, you guys! Which means yet another year of eye-rolling about how TEH SEXY has completely taken ...

Halloween store’s “Anna Rexia” costume

Editors’ note: This product, which was originally created by Dreamgirl, is no longer carried at Halloweenstore.com as of October 2013.

Plenty of people take Halloween as an opportunity to dress in more revealing outfits (/costumes) than they would, say, to the office; there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that! But it’s irritating that most of the costumes specifically for women, available at Halloween and party stores, catalogs, and the internet, are almost always revealing and often have the words “sexy” or “slutty” in the title. This upsets me because the costumes were designed by groups of horny Western men who ship their sexy ideas overseas for sweatshop workers to carry them out.

What makes matters worse is that the costumes are often based on stereotypes ...

Editors’ note: This product, which was originally created by Dreamgirl, is no longer carried at Halloweenstore.com as of October 2013.

Plenty of people take Halloween as an opportunity to dress in more revealing outfits (/costumes) than they would, say, to ...

Still looking for Halloween costume ideas?

Last year Ann posted some amazing non-sexist, non-racist Halloween costume ideas. I’m reviving the tradition with today’s post, which includes all of Ann’s suggestions from last year, with a few updates.

2010 edition:

(Warning, I’m not as funny as Ann, but I will try my best)

Constance McMillen (she was the star lesbian youth activist this year, and what better way to commemorate her?)

Needed: Rainbow sash, large dark wig, serious bravery. Alternative: Tux to dress as she would have, if she could have gone to prom (like this maybe).
Related ideas
: Any of the brave young LGBTQ folks who tried to go to prom, or be elected prom king/queen this year.

Lady Gaga

Needed: Big sunglasses, ...

Last year Ann posted some amazing non-sexist, non-racist Halloween costume ideas. I’m reviving the tradition with today’s post, which includes all of Ann’s suggestions from last year, with a few updates.

2010 edition:

(Warning, I’m not as funny ...

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