The Sexy [insert noun here] Halloween costumes just don’t go away. If anything, I think they’re getting even more ridiculous, or at least less recognizable as anything but a Victoria’s Secret Angel who’s the victim of a horrible prank–seriously, this is a macaw? Not to mention the Sexy Baseball Player costume that is literally just a baseball uniform without pants. (Sidenote: I think most professional sports would become more entertaining without pants.)
It almost, but doesn’t entirely, take the fun out of Halloween–the pressure to be Sexy, when all you really want to be is funny or clever or scary. And from a feminist perspective, it throws the entire movement back about 50 years, to a time when a Playboy Club-style Dirty Cop was more generally accepted than an actual female cop on the actual street.
So as a service to you, I’ve put together a list of feminist-friendly Halloween costumes to throw together before you head out partying this Samhain.
Fly that feminism flag high, and leave no question about who’s running the show tonight: Start with an off-the-rack hippie dress and add a long wig and sunglasses for Sexy Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem.
If you’re the more artsy type, consider paying tribute to a legend with the flirty cantina skirt, gold jewelry, and flowered hairpieces of Sexy Surrealist Folk Artist Frida Kahlo. Don’t forget that eyebrow pencil!
Set the standards, stand up for women’s health, and push for the changes that need to be made. You get a sassy navy uniform and a doctor’s bag as Sexy Surgeon General Regina Benjamin.
Environmentalism is for everyone, and humanitarianism isn’t just for humans. To be an animal-lover and a party animal, throw on the safari minidress, high-heeled boots, and gray coif of Sexy Renowned Primatologist Jane Goodall.
Most athletic apparel is skimpy enough as it is–tiny tennis skirts, short-short running shorts, pretty much everything Serena Williams designs. It’s easy enough to add thigh-high tube socks and stiletto trainers as Sexy Hall of Fame Tennis Player Billie Jean King or Sexy World-Champion Runner Caster Semenya. And even you can have abs like Semenya–it just takes a $12 can of spray makeup, or 150 bazillion hours in the gym.
Order in the court–but it will be disorder when you walk in looking Supreme. What starts out as a nun’s habit can, with the addition of a ruffly scarf and a stern gavel, turn into a sassy judge’s robe. Just add the wig of your choice and a touch of gold to become Sexy Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, or Sandra Day O’Connor.
Ready for a fancy, frisky, fun, feminist Halloween? Guilty as charged!