Not All Costumes Need To Be Sexy

A couple of years ago, my roommate decided that she was going to dress up as “sexy” Indiana Jones. It struck me as a little odd that Indiana Jones was something that she thought needed to be made sexy (I thought he was pretty sexy already). However, “sexy” Indiana Jones turned out to be a very cute costume. The Huffington Post recently posted an article titled 13 Halloween Costumes That Have No Business Being ‘Sexy’.

I absolutely love Halloween; it is my favorite holiday and I love thinking of fun or clever costumes to wear. It is one night out of the year when you can be someone, or something completely different than what you are in your day to day life. I am always a bit perplexed that so  many choose a costume that takes the same cookie cutter pattern and slaps on different colors and accessories to indicate different characters.  “Sexy” costumes are almost always a short skirt and tight top in different colors and designs depending on which character it is supposed to be representing. Though I think that all of the costumes on this list are quite hilarious, I do think it raises some questions about “sexy” costumes and why so many people choose to wear them.

It seems like dressing “sexy” for Halloween is more socially sanctioned than it is every other day of the year. Perhaps it is because people are disguised and therefore their behavior has fewer repercussions than it might on another day. Or perhaps it is because people are supposed to act in ways that they normally do not. I’ve talked about my feelings on shaming those who are seen wearing sexy outfits before, and I think choosing to dress in a “sexy” outfit  is not something that should be condoned only on Halloween, it isn’t an abnormal behavior or something that people should look down on.

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