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26 Halloween Costumes That Never, Ever Needed To Be Sexy

Ah, Halloween. That wonderful time of year when we all get to overindulge in candy and dress up in our favorite ghoulish or clever costumes. It’s also, of course, a time when companies trot out the classic “sexy” costume for women. A cop becomes a “sexy” cop, a nurse becomes a “sexy” nurse, and a nerd becomes a “sexy” nerd – the less fabric, the better. 

[left] Amazon warriors from female directed film Wonder Woman

[right] Amazon warriors from male directed film Justice League

A fan named Atte Timonen first tweeted a photo comparing the Amazon costumes from Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman and Zach Snyder’s Justice League, adding that the ones at left were created by a female costume designer, Lindy Hemming, while the ones at right were designed by Michael Wilkinson. He summed up his opinion of the changes with the observation: “Some steps backwards, methinks.” Melissa Silverstein, founder and publisher of Women and Hollywood, added that the changes in costume design provide “a fantastic example of the difference between the male and female gaze.”

Emma Jones of the film website Electra, also weighed in, noting that “in both films, the Amazons are displaying a fair amount of flesh… [but] Wonder Woman’s target audience was firstly young girls, Justice League’s is young men and teenage boys.” While at least one of the Justice League actresses has defended what critics have called the "armor bikini” as being more comfortable, there’s nothing to indicate the costume changes were made to improve function. Silverstein, who said that the costumes remind her of Princess Leia’s famous gold bikini, argues that “women can be powerful without being sexualized.” Jones adds that the strong response to such costume changes goes beyond the Amazons to broader concerns about how women are treated in film as a whole. “The issue here is really the anger that many women within the industry feel at having been sexualized for so long within film-making. It’s a tipping point, where many women are calling out what they see as unfair, sexist behavior wherever they think they see it… I think we’re going to see a lot more ‘calling out’… perhaps until women feel the balance of power may have shifted.”

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The only thing truly chilling about Halloween is how little fabric manufacturers use for women’s costumes.

In the name of Science™, we researched popular costume ideas for men and women, and compared them side-by-side. We began to see a theme emerge. Manufacturers assume that ladies are looking to show a lot of skin, while men’s costumes offer a lot more coverage (and, thus, warmth).

Check out these 21 jarring costume comparisons.

lookin at @fucknosexistcostumes​ posts…really makes me question, why the FUCK do these costume designers feel the need to make the women’s costumes exclusively and specifically sexy?

 i mean like; i’m not saying don’t make sexy costumes, it’s just when you google somethin like “men’s skeleton onesie” and “women’s skeleton onesie”, like, LITERALLY just those, you can see the clear difference.

this is m fave post from theirs bc it PERFECTLY displays the problem; like…notice how fucking skin tight the costume on the left is compared to the right. (and not related but liKE NOTICE HOW IT’S SO FUCKING EXPENSIVE AS WELL) 

like dude; sexy costumes are great n all but when your mindset while making a women’s halloween costume is “okay its for girls so we better sew it tight and trim it up bc sex appeal is an absolute fundament for the female gender” then you’re doing it pretty fuckin wrong to say the least.

want to make a sexy halloween costume for women? go right ahead fam. want to make a halloween costume sexy literally just because it’s for women? well…not to interfere on your freedom of choice or anything, but here’s hoping a nice box of raisins slides into your trick or treat bag and catalysts a reevaluation in that decision for you.

maxpowersimpsonskywalkerspock  asked:

Hey,Rikki! I love the whole "Give Ahsoka Tano a real shirt" campaign! Those clothes aren't comfortable even for a day hanging out in the mall(I could barely sit),let alone a war zone where she's a soldier. Especially because Ahsoka feels like a practical person,and Jedi robes/space soldier uniforms would be more IC. Besides,I'd give good money to see Anakin Skywalker dressed like Aayla Secura(why does she dress like that?). Him being hot would be a really welcome extra,IMO.

You want to know why Aayla and Ahsoka dress like that despite it being highly impractical and probably pretty uncomfortable? Because their male creators thought it would be titillating. That’s it. That’s why 14-year-old Ahsoka went to war in a tube top and mini-skirt because grown men thought it would be hot. Same with the boob window top. It wasn’t about what was practical or sensible or comfortable or even in character. It was about appealing to the male audience. Hell, yeah, get her a real shirt! And look, she finally got one, not to mention some body armor, when she appeared in Rebels.

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CW: Eating disorders and body-shaming

In this Subway commercial, we have three coworkers, two female and one male. One of the women asks how her companions could be eating burgers. The other woman replies that it’s no longer summer, so they can eat what they want. First woman informs them that no, they must continue to try to keep their weight low because Halloween demands tons of “sexy” costumes from women. 

There are two different ideas at play here, and they intersect in interesting ways. 

  1. In order to wear sexy costumes, you must be a certain size or weight. 

  2. It’s Halloween, and for women, costumes must be sexy. 

Let’s start with the first one. 

In advertising, we already have lots of seasonal campaigns that capitalize on the idea that you must lose weight for certain periods of time. Around New Year’s Eve, food and diet companies hit hard on New Year’s Resolutions. A few months later, commercials encourage you to diet in order to get a “bikini body” in time for summer. The only time corporations want you to eat without reservations is Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, apparently, and probably only because they know it’s better for you to eat and feel guilty, then flock to their products, then to try to stop you from enjoying the holidays and the food traditions that go with it. 

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In a way, it’s kind of brilliant to take advantage of women’s insecurities by extending the seasons in which we need to diet. And by brilliant, I mean completely nefarious. But there’s one important message that is being conveyed by this commercial: only certain types of bodies can wear “sexy” outfits, like bikinis and “sexy” Halloween costumes. And that type of body is thin. 

When you tell your audience that they must be thin to wear sexy costumes, you are shaming larger bodies. You are saying that large women (and other genders) cannot be sexy simply because they are large. 

Of course, this isn’t a new idea. The media has been pushing this message on audiences for years, whether it’s by labeling average-sized models as “plus-sized,” or by photoshopping slices off of model and celebrity bodies in magazines, or by having most of mainstream Hollywood look a certain size (while relegating larger actors to tropes revolving around their weight). 

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New or not, the same phenomenon happens: we begin to believe that fat bodies are never attractive, which eventually evolves to fat bodies do not deserve to be attractive. This comes from the idea that larger people are only the size they are because they are lazy or undisciplined …. which diet advertisements definitely contribute to. After all, if you had only eaten Subway sandwiches instead of whatever wrong food you ate, you’d be skinny, right? 

The truth is, size does not determine attractiveness, or worthiness of attractiveness. Size definitely doesn’t determine if someone is lazy or undisciplined or unhealthy.

And you absolutely do not have to be a certain size in order to wear a Halloween costume (or bikini). If a large woman wants to dress as a “foxy fullback,” she has every right to.

Moving on to point #2.

Recent years have given way to another ludicrous phenomenon: the sexy Halloween costumes.

It’s not just that there are more sexy Halloween costumes. It’s that every regular costume has a ridiculous “sexy” pairing; the “regular” ones are usually marketed for men while the “sexy” ones are targeted at women.

Sexy Scooby-Doo

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Sexy Bacon

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Sexy Lumberjack

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And it starts younger and younger, and suddenly skeleton costumes are no longer gender neutral for boys and girls, but needs to be feminized and sexualized:

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For more examples of sexist Halloween costumes, check out this Tumblr

There’s nothing wrong with having sexy versions of Halloween costumes. For many individual women, it can be a chance to show creativity, have a unique costume idea, and even experiment a little with their sexuality in a way that they feel comfortable. It may be that many women use Halloween as a time to help them feel sexy, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

The wrong part happens when costumes aren’t marketed as “regular” and “sexy,” but as “male” and female.” The wrong part happens when it’s difficult for women to find Halloween costumes that are made for them but not sexy. And it’s absolutely wrong to start sexualizing Halloween costumes for children. With this commercial, Subway is contributing to the idea that Halloween is a time when women must dress provocatively, that instead of dressing up in costumes that are fun, creative, or spooky, they should be dressing in a way that makes them appealing to men. That point is emphasized by the joke at the end of the commercial, in which the sole man dresses up as a Viking to go along with the woman’s Viking Princess Costume, and he requests to see her wear that one again.

These two arguments might seem kind of confusing. First I’m saying that women of all body types should be able to wear sexy outfits if they want to, then I’m saying it’s wrong for Subway to push sexy outfits on women. Here’s the bottom line: all women (and men) should dress the way they want to without feeling outside pressures, such as advertisements, telling them how to dress. If they want to dress sexy, they should be able to without feeling shame. And if they don’t want to, they should also be able to without feeling shame!

No matter what your size or Halloween costume sexiness levels, have a happy and safe Halloween!