Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Problem with Halloween and Sex


With Halloween only days away, a dear friend, searching for a costume for her child, contacted me to vent about the costume selection for girls on the market these days. She went on to describe 12-year-old girls wearing the "teen" version of Snow White which consists of a laced bodice and short skirt.  Is this somehow supposed to be okay??   

Even though I only have sons, I have noticed these sexed-up costumes for girls in every costume shop in town.  I remember a few years ago begin appalled at the Hermione Granger costume labeled "teens" yet looked like a "school-girl" porn outfit. Nope, don't recall Hermione looking like that! 



For the most part, the selection of costumes seem to go from cute and adorable straight to sex kitten when you hit tween and teen sizes.  Somehow the industry skipped age appropriate costumes for those 10-17. One website is even marketing this cop costume to TODDLER girls.  Does anyone else see the problem with this representation?  Hmmm, when was the last time you saw a policewoman dressed like this?

Sold as TODDLER costume
I've been told it is much harder to raise children in today's day and age than it was even just one generation ago.  As a current parent, I believe it!  But, who's to blame?  We can't continue to blame media when we're the ones buying the merchandise. 






6 comments:

  1. Things began to get better in the 70s and 80s but seem to be reverting back to the old sexist attitudes. Certainly advertising and current popular music are supporting that. We say we have equality but women are still seen as objects and not individuals with brains. The unfortunate part is that women don't see it and are just as much to blame.

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  2. What shocks me is how many parents (both mom's and dad's) actually buy this garbage and show their faiths to wear it. Theat what these same girls are wearing to school (and church! ) 5 year old in platform shoes and 10 year olds in mini skirts.

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    1. I know, I was a teacher for several years, I've seen it, and I don't understand it. Thanks for reading.

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  3. Im happy my kid this year is a My Little Pony. I know as the years go on she will be something Im not going to like or approve of, but that time is far, far, far away.

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    1. Yes, Deedra, My Little Pony definitely qualifies as cute and adorable! Hope you and your daughter have a fabulous Halloween! Thanks for reading.

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