The evolution of Halloween costumes for girls…
this is really important
My best friend has a one-year-old daughter. They were buying her first Halloween costume, and they had to get her a boys’ costume because all the infant and toddler costumes for girls had been sexy-fied. They were disgusted. We’re talking about little babies here.
Let’s talk about something here. On the one hand, yes, this is a gross and disturbing trend of sexualizing women in general, and young women in particular. Nurses need not be sexy, cats need not be sexy, whatever. On the one hand, I totally agree with that, and I do feel very strongly that we need to be careful that women and girls are not simply sexual objects for men’s consumption.
On the other hand, women are agents, they have their own decision making capabilities, and while those may be shaped by prevailing cultural norms (which dictate what’s even available in terms of costumes), and it is extremely important not to slut-shame women who do choose sexy costumes, not just because they may have “their eyes open” as feminists, but also because these are the costumes that are available and these are the standards women are expected to fill. It is very important not to slut-shame women, and I think it’s a very tough line to walk between acknowledging the troubling sexualization of young girls, in particular, and also making sure that we don’t slut-shame women for wearing, and choosing to wear, these costumes.