Sedyslutty has been written about the "sluttification" of women's and girls' Costume shemale costumes. Have a costume idea, add the word "sexy" and take away most of the fabric and you will be ready to go.
It is not fully clear why this trend started, but when Google started tracking costume searches in"sexy" do you have a sexyslutty halloween costume costume was a hot search and expanded exponentially through The question remains, however, why do women dress in hyper-sexualized ways on Halloween, a day meant to be "scary"?
The answer to sexy witches lies, perversely enough, in the virginal bride. Indeed, the point of being hyper-sexualized on Halloween is to be sexually pure the rest of the year.
In other words, certain women- particularly white, middle-class women- have been afforded the status of being sexually pure and innocent, real ladies. Thus white, middle class women, especially teen dating students and soccer moms, love to put on sexy, slutty costumes on Halloween. In this way, they mark themselves as sexual, but also sexually protected. Still, just like do you have a sexyslutty halloween costume your man puts on high heels and pantyhose for the neighborhood costume party and you are struck by how he has more womanly legs than you do, so too does the whorish Halloween costume invite a category crisis.
Suddenly your sweet young daughter or loving mother is a hyper-sexualized nurse in white leather hot pants sucking on a syringe full of liquid candy. But if modern love is embedded in this annual ritual of making white women hyper-sexualized, it is also embedded in crossing race and class lines.
Or how about a sexy "ghetto fab" wig? Many groups are critical of the use of racial stereotypes, like the Ohio State STARS campaign that urges students oyu think twice before they buy a racially insensitive costume.
But to separate the racial costumes from the sexualization of white women is to miss the way that race and gender are knotted up together in our culture. White women have, at least since the Victorians, been imagined as sexually pure. Nonwhite women, whether African-American or Chinese-American, have been imagined as sexually available.
That's why when white women want to sexualize themselves they often do so with racialized costumes. There's a reason there's a sexy geisha costume and not a sexy soccer mom costume although there are sexy soccer player costumes.
White women aren't hyper-sexualized in our culture. Except on Halloween.Lagrange-OH Married Woman Seeking Sex
And then being a white woman is scary. In this way, being a Halloween Ho marks one as "really sexually pure" in the same way that men dressing up as women marks them as "really men.
I am a professor of sociology and gender studies at Middlebury College. My last book, American Plastic, was on why Americans take on large debts to get cosmetic surgery Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin.
Halloween Costumes Photo credit: Laurie Essig.