Your daughter looks like a slut

Pax Arcana

It is a fact of life that the overarching theme of Halloween for the past 10 years or so is outright sluttiness. For whatever reason, young women have increasingly used the holiday as an excuse to don the most skantastic outfits they can squeeze their bodies into.

At first, this trend was awesome.

Believe me. It was awesome:


“Hey, sailor…”

Now it’s boring and stupid.

“Oh, you’re a naughty nurse? HOW OUTRAGEOUS AND DARING! Have you met my friends the sexy cat, the hot librarian, and the saucy bunny?”

Even worse, the trend seems to be polluting the minds of our children. Over at the New York Times site, parenting writer Lisa Belkin bemoans the predominance of sexy halloween costumes for children in the aisles of a local costume shop:

There were kimonos with slits up to here and down to there, Catwoman costumes that looked like something from a bondage video and get-ups that would have been TMI on the real Britney Spears, never mind a 9-year-old. There were cinched waists and bodices stuffed to hint at breasts. The photos on the packages were of Lolitas in training, with pouty red mouths and one hip angled just so.

And if you think Lisa Belkin is one of those overreacting, hyper-protective suburban moms who will strip all the fun out out of their kids’ childhoods in the name of protecting them — well you may be right. Here’s what she says about boy costumes:

More recently, when my sons were in the market for costumes, my issue was not with sex but with violence. I drew the line at those masks with the fake blood pulsing through an acrylic layer on the face. Anything that might resemble a real weapon or might be mistaken for a real weapon or might be somehow used as a real weapon was out, too. I told them that they were not allowed to scare little children.

Scaring little children — ruining Halloween since the Middle Ages.

Girls’ Costumes Gone Wild [NYT]

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6 responses to “Your daughter looks like a slut

  1. it may be boring and stupid, but i’m generally ok with it nonetheless.

  2. Fallen Angel

    it really is disgusting what little girls where, and that doesn’t just pertain to halloween.

    but if their of decent age, oh my, one of the best parts about halloween.

    like the hermione costume from amazing…

  3. I’m surrounded by animals.

  4. And ones who don’t have a grasp of homonyms.

    Hey, speaking of Halloween, what’s Mrs. Pax wea- never mind.

  5. She’ll probably be a deviled egg again.

  6. Esquire

    I have a friend who once dressed up for Halloween as Tippi Hedron in The Birds. I often wish she went for Slutty Tippi Hedron in The Birds instead.

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