For some people, it’s Halloween. But for some women, it’s Sexy Costume Day, the one day each year when they can wear as little as possible as say they’ve “dressed up” for the holiday.
We hear a lot about ghosts and goblins at Halloween, but what’s really scary is this trend in women’s costumes that has made everything under the sun “sexy”: pirates, devils, bears, strawberries, children’s characters, superheroes and, yes, pizza.
Feminist Suzanne Scoggins is tired of this nonsense, so she’s launched a Kickstarter campaign — Take Back Halloween — to fund a website that offers DIY costume suggestions for women and girls focused on goddesses and historical figures. No garter belts, high heels or short skirts necessary. The campaign has raised the goal three times, and now as more than $12,000 of a $13,500 goal with the campaign ending tomorrow.
Scoggins told The Daily Beast that she blames cheap manufacturing, advertising and the sexualization of women in society for this naughty costume trend. The one group she doesn’t blame is women and girls themselves. Scoggins says her friends started telling her that they didn’t have anything to wear to take their kids trick-or-treating and she started this site. “Everything was like something you wear for a film shoot with Charlie Sheen!” she said.
Is this what Halloween has come to?