I recently had a conversation with a friend about Halloween, in which I was told how the ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ costumes had to be taken off of store shelves because they were too controversial.
I immediately laughed and decided to look into why a fictional characters’ costume would be drawing so much attention. Google quickly provided tons of results on the story. Apparently even though the characters are fictional, it is not ok to sexualize them.
Look, I went to college. I did the whole ‘revealing Halloween costume’ deal for all four years, (and probably a few too many after college). Girls are very resourceful and can turn a trash bag into a “hot costume.” I’ve even seen girls dress up as “Sexy Crayons.” No one seems to have an issue with these, but what I’ve learned from 2018 is while it’s okay to sexualize 98% of costumes, certain characters are totally off-limits.
Bustle, who ran an article on this topic, had this to say, “If you want to be sexy for Halloween, by all means dress sexy. There are plenty of sexy Halloween costumes that don’t reference a show about rape and misogyny. You can even join Halloween goers and protestors alike and dress up as a handmaid. Make a statement in your red cloak. Just maybe don’t make it “sexy” if you don’t want to be counterproductive to the cause.”
First off, what cause? Did I mention the show is FICTIONAL?! I’m pretty sure that people putting on costumes to go to parties to indulge in drinking games aren’t really fighting any cause other than dominating the beer pong table.
But let’s get this straight. You can represent the said (fictional) show about rape and misogyny, as long as you don’t make it look sexy. It is ok, however, to sexualize the following, and I hope you’ll notice how much more revealing these costumes are vs. the one in question…
-Native American Women. Historically speaking, they were also often victims of rape by the westerners coming to conquer their villages. Yikes! What would Elizabeth Warren have to say about this one?!
-Nuns & Priests. No explanation needed here…
-School Girls. This “sexy” costume has been around for ages, and no one is demanding its removal from store shelves. But I guess it’s ok to sexualize underage women as an object of affection?
I was having a hard time figuring out why this one costume would be taken off the site while so many other sexualized characters remain. So I dug a little deeper and found the following statement from the company that was selling the costumes (the same company selling the costumes pictured above).
“Over the last few hours, it has become obvious that our ‘Yandy Brave Red Maiden Costume’ is being seen as a symbol of women’s oppression, rather than an expression of women’s empowerment. This is unfortunate, as it was not our intention on any level,” and that, “Our initial inspiration to create the piece was through witnessing its use in recent months as a powerful protest image”
Interesting. Women dressed in the nonsexualizedversion of the costume to protest the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Now the costume is part of a political agenda and we can’t have it cheapened by some silly holiday!
Ladies, you can do, be, and wear whatever you’d like. You are empowered women. Want to be that slutty crayon? Do it! (As long as it’s a gender-neutral color, of course.) Let’s stop letting the political crisis that is 2018 get in the way of a night of traditions. Let’s have a little fun for a change.
Where do you stand, America?
Submitted by a female Whiskey Patriot.