Halloween Breeds Sexism

I’ve never been a big fan of theme parties. Just like perfectly matched outfits, to me they seem contrived, cliché, outdated. But college freshmen (and many of my CollegeCandy peers) seem to love the experience of a costume party. I too have to give props to the really creative ideas that people have come up with (although I can’t seem to recall any at the time; that’s how rare they are), but for the most part, the only theme parties that exist and thrive in college are characterized by sexism. I mean, CEOs and corporate hoes? Is there anyone that sees that and thinks, “hey, girls can dress up as CEOs too!”

Even when it’s not implicitly stated (and it usually is, on the Facebook invite: “girls who don’t dress sexy aren’t allowed in”), why do guys get to slap on a button-down and be the cool, prestigious things – CEOs, rock stars, golf pros – while girls just have to dress like “hoes”?

With Halloween looming, this is an incredibly relevant issue. In the immortal words of Cady Heron: “Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.” It’s true. Halloween seems to be the one night when the cattiness and judgments that surround one girl’s wardrobe choice seem to fall away, and girls take full advantage of this. For most girls, finding a sexy costume takes priority over creating a clever one; to say that most girls don’t aspire to be praised for their minds on Halloween night is to put it mildly.

But I say, why do we subject ourselves to this? Why is it that occasions like Halloween and costume parties urge us to bare our cleavage for the enjoyment of intoxicated guys? Is it because we seek acceptance, or attention, or because we secretly crave the chance to dress like the bad girl…but only if we can escape the label?

Maybe I’m the minority here, but I don’t think there’s any such thing as a “slutty” outfit (and I firmly believe that calling another girl’s choice of clothing “skanky” is sexist in and of itself.) I think people should dress the way they choose, and while clothing is often an outlet for expression, a girl who dares to show off her toned tummy isn’t necessarily looking for a man.

I think it’s time that we stop looking for excuses to show skin. We either want to wear something or we don’t, it’s as simple as that. If you’re wearing it for yourself, and not because some douche bag with a decent party house demands it of you, no outfit is too risqué. But if you’re a slave to the sexist notions of how a woman should dress when a costume is required, stop and think about why you’re perpetuating such a chauvinistic trend.

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