Halloween is a magical holiday, full of candy, mystery, and most importantly, girls in skimpy clothing. But now apparently there’s some sort of backlash over Halloween. Exhibit A, this article from The Atlantic, which claims that costume manufacturers should stop marketing sexy costumes to young girls. Don’t worry, they’re saving their attacks against kittens and sunshine for later in the year.
Perhaps the most persistent argument that adults make against sexy Halloween is that women in revealing costumes are asking for trouble. The idea that wearing an abbreviated costume makes a woman a target of unwanted sexual attention from men is repeated endlessly in columns and on blogs. "Dressing girls like grown women for Halloween communicates that they have the sexuality of adults, in the bodies of children," a sociologist told CNN in a recent article. "A girl dressing up as a sexy nurse will only prompt men to ask her when she starts giving out sponge baths," a Tulane student warned her classmates in the campus newspaper last year.
Umm, what age are we talking about here? I’m against 12-year olds dressing provocatively, but let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater. Adult Halloween is one of the greatest holidays ever invented. Seeing all of those slutty cops, slutty firemen, slutty skeletons and slutty bumblebees is amazing. And some of the girls look pretty good too!