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What's Scarier: a Witch or a Scantily Clad Nurse?

What's Scarier: a Witch or a Scantily Clad Nurse?

Dianne McDonald | Excelle

October 30, 2008

We know how products advertised to women promote sex appeal. Wet glossy lips, excessive makeup to create ‘bedroom eyes’, and half-nude outfits to show silky soft skin.

Most of women’s Halloween costumes are ridiculously revealing: she-devil and angel costumes border on pornographic. Don’t forget the plethora of French maid outfits, skimpy police officer get-ups and nurse costumes. I work at a hospital — actual nurses’ garments do not look anything like they do on Halloween. If they did, it would cause widespread hypertension!

You’d think that with such little material these costumes would cost less, but alas, no such luck. Yes, I understand that Halloween costumes are created to fill a consumer need of fantastical dress-up play for the day. But there is no way that I would ever be caught wearing these lingerie-like costumes. I am a ‘real woman’ with a real woman body, and if I dared expose myself in one of these sexy costumes, well, now that would cause a Halloween fright.

Particularly disconcerting are young girls’ sexy little costume ensembles. Princess and cowgirl costumes are no longer innocent outfits from Halloweens past. The sexualization of young women is creepily pervasive in party stores’ costume aisles. It’s not the spooky spiders and jack-o’-lanterns that scare me — it’s this stuff.

There is always the classic alternative women can select: the black-hatted, wart-nosed bad witch.

Lucky for us — we get to dress like a scary witch or a street-walker. These are our options? Really?

I think I will throw a sheet over my head to represent the metaphorical ghost that we ‘real women’ have become when it comes to Halloween consumer options. Booooooo!

Discuss: Happy Halloween! How are you celebrating?


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