Last class we talked a bit about Halloween and some people felt that women shouldn’t dress “provocatively” because it reflects badly on other women. They aren’t alone in thinking this way. Many women don’t agree with the common practice of going nearly naked to Halloween parties. The word “slut” gets thrown around a lot this time of year. In my opinion, however, women that talk about the “slutty” girls are not helping to improve women’s self-esteem and self-image, they are further allowing the perpetuation of negative self-image for young women.
The problem isn’t that some women DO want to dress this way, the problem is that this seems to be the only option given to women on Halloween. Every publicly sold women’s Halloween costume I’ve encountered is “sexy” something. I’ve even had a girl tell me she’s going to be sexy mustard. Mustard. Those creating, selling, and wearing these costumes are using women’s bodies to make inanimate objects sexy, and therefore objectifying women.
The fact that our society allows for the widespread sexual exploitation of women’s bodies, and that the concept of being sexy hinges on a lack of clothing is an issue that is pervasive even in our holiday customs. Instead of picking each other apart, women should ask themselves why they use these derogatory labels for themselves, and allow our society to decide what is right and wrong to wear, not only on Halloween, but every day of the year.
Here’s a link to Jenna Marbles comments on Sluts on Halloween: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPPsf-Mi8FY