HALLOWEEN COSTUMES NEED A MAKEOVER

It’s that time of year again. Halloween costume stores around the country are lined with dozens of costumes advertising how you too this year can dress up to be sexy.

No one really knows where or when the lines of celebrating the dead and dressing up like a sex kitten became blurred, but once again this Halloween we are reminded that sex appeal rules all.

Recently, a costume labeled “Naughty Kitten” hit the shelves of Wal-Mart. Typically this would be nothing different than the usual line of costumes, however this particular costume was labeled and sized to fit a toddler. In return, the controversial costume resulted in highly publicized articles, and eventually Wal-Mart removed it from its shelves.

Take “Ana Rexia” for example. If you are unfamiliar with the name, I will inform you it is one of the newest Halloween costumes to hit the market this season that promotes, and pokes fun at one of the most deadly eating disorders, anorexia. What’s next, people dressing up as clusters of cancer cells?

This Halloween, dozens of college students plan to flood the streets of the community with the most exposing and suggestive costumes they can find. Essentially, these particular individuals have abandoned their abilities to think creatively, inspiring younger generations to do the same.

For a college that is mostly occupied by education majors, I am puzzled to see where Halloween became a night to let go of all inhibitions and morals. Has this become a holiday to take the night off from setting a good example for those who look up to you?

I’m pretty confident most education majors at Bridgewater State University would be quite uncomfortable showing pictures of how they look all dressed up as a sexy kitten to their future employer, or at least I would hope so.

It’s a good thing that somewhere in the country there are women who are making strides against a hypersexual Halloween and are providing alternative costume ideas for young women who aspire to break traditional costume trends.

Take Back Halloween is an organization designed to provide alternative ideas for do-it-yourself Halloween costumes influenced by historical figures, personal heritage or that reflect influential heroines of the past. This website is designed for young girls and women who fail to be inspired by anything being sold in their local Halloween stores.

If you’re feeling influential, innovative or like you have had enough with the sex icon Halloween costumes, then perhaps you should explore the vast options this website has to offer. By dressing up as someone you aspire to be like, or someone you admire the qualities for, then this is an opportunity for you.

On the other hand, if you’re someone who enjoys exploiting your body and sex appeal on the streets, then perhaps you should look into expressing your desire to be seen as sexual, through a different activity or occasion.

Christina Fazio is a Comment opinion writer. Email her at cfazio@student.bridgew.edu.

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