Friday, October 27, 2006

Halloween for Sluts?

So, my friend (the one who said iPods are making us anti-social, and also the one who hasn't seen The Princess Bride [she still hasn't seen it, even though she had a Princess Bride party at her house three weeks ago...because she fell asleep before Westley was asked to get down the pitcher for Buttercup]) has been ranting about Halloween costumes.

(I'm thinking she should start her own blog...but then where would I get all my ideas for posts?)

She can't find a costume that's not made for a slut, she says. Since when did Halloween become an event where it's all about sex? she asks.

My answer is: what in our society isn't all about sex anymore?

Erotic novels are selling like hotcakes. Movies are getting sexier and sexier, and those PG ratings are being pushed closer to R all the time. Television shows, even at 8pm, have too much implied sex for me to let my kids watch. Music, clothes, ads...everything is sex, sex, sex.

Why should Halloween be any different?

My question is: where do we go from here? Surely we can't get any more sex-focused as a society than we are now...or can we?

I hope not.

So will we come full circle and become a less promiscuous society over the next generation? A less sex-focused one? Ever? Or will we go further? (But, as I said, where else can we go from here?)

What do you think?

(And will someone please give my friend some non-slutty Halloween costume suggestions? She's an elementary school teacher for pity's sake...she can't be a French maid or a harem girl or a wicked fairy at the school party.)


Blogger The Cosmic Kid soliloquized...

I too have had this dilemma, and I've struggled to get around it.

Last year I went as the theatre building I have all my classes in, a pic is here:

I thought it was ingenius. It's easy to do, too...but really only works if the school has a distinguishing trait like the ugly stripes the Frieze building has.

This year I'm going as my set design professor.

In the opposite direction...
I have a friend who's a costume designer and she was so sick of it she decided to take something totally un-slutty, and make it slutty. She was Slutty Broccoli last year. She built a green jumpsuit and every thing. this year she's attaching safety pins to the costume and going as a Slutty Cactus. It's pretty funny.

Thursday, October 26, 2006 11:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Caryle soliloquized...

I found a ton of non-slutty ideas at this site:
I'm going as a magic 8 ball this year. Although, if I wore a short black skirt and a really skimpy black top I could be a slutty magic 8 ball. ;-)
Another one of my friends is going as a ceiling fan.

Friday, October 27, 2006 12:43:00 AM  
Blogger Colleen Gleason soliloquized...

Stephanie, that's hilarious! And I remember those horrid stripes from my days there (although I only had two classes in the Frieze). But they've torn it down now, right?

Carlyle, I love the Magic 8 Ball idea, and I bet you'd make a great slutty one. LOL.

Friday, October 27, 2006 7:31:00 AM  
Anonymous sassymonkey soliloquized...

I think the two most common places I look for characters are books and movies.

Friday, October 27, 2006 7:50:00 AM  
Anonymous marina soliloquized...

I think this is probably the reason I do not dress up anymore for Halloween. I truly want to - I'd love to have fun with the neighborhood kids that come to my house, but you can't do any of that in a costume like the one you have pictured unless you want the neighbors talking the next day.

I feel for your friend. It seems we share the same dilemma.

Friday, October 27, 2006 8:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous soliloquized...

I kinda like the slutty idea! (Thinking The Naughty Librarian).

Last year I went for 80s but looked more like Gypsy. HA!

Friday, October 27, 2006 9:49:00 AM  
Anonymous scifichick soliloquized...

what's really sad are the slutty costumes for teenage girls!

as for me, in the past i have made my own costumes out of clothes i already have or go to Goodwill.. and it's usually a superhero (shocker).

Friday, October 27, 2006 9:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Annie soliloquized...

There are the simple ideas, like Caryle's Magic 8 Ball. Or my Black-Eyed "P" (put a big "P" on a shirt and paint an eye black with face paint).

One year a roommate of mine went as a deviled egg. Bought some white and yellow felt. Cut out 2 large oval patterns in the white and hot glued the edges together, leaving room for head, arms, and legs. On front side, cut out a smaller oval in the yellow and hot glued it on top of the white (and put some batting in between). Took some glue and put red sparkles over the yellow section for "paprika". Bought devil horns, devil tail, and a pitch fork.

Friday, October 27, 2006 10:26:00 AM  
Anonymous N. Mallory soliloquized...

My Ren Fair dress isn't slutty. If I were going to dress up this year, I'd wear it.

You can do cat ears without doing slutty cat.

I do dark angel without doing slutty angel. In fact, I have black wings and horns and wear a black suit pants suit and walk around with my cell phone and palm pilot and ask people their names and check my palm for my "list" and say stuff like "no, not today for you" or "call me if you want to talk life insurance".

Friday, October 27, 2006 10:30:00 AM  
Blogger Alyssa Goodnight soliloquized...

I saw an adorable jellyfish idea on The Today Show--it was for a kid, but the same idea would work for an adult. They just used a clear umbrella, hung with shimmery ribbon strips and attached the same sort of strips to a white, aqua, lavender (whatever) skirt. Very simple, but she might eventually want to put that umbrella down...

What about one of the witches from Harry Potter? Sort of generic, but sort of literary too...

Friday, October 27, 2006 10:50:00 AM  
Blogger The Cosmic Kid soliloquized...

Colleen-The frieze still stands. Apparently they have to remove all the asbestos before they can tear it down or something.
I was across the street from it last week and saw an explosion from inside it, and freaked out. I called DPS and they told me to ignore it. So, I go to look in the windows, and the SWAT team was in there, doing training with smoke bombs and guns without live rounds. It was the craziest thing ever. We were talking about it in class yesterday, and the frieze turns 100 in if they don't tear it down soon it might become a historic building and they'd have to keep it! I would die laughing if that happened.

Friday, October 27, 2006 11:53:00 AM  
Blogger Sparky Duck soliloquized...

Mrs Duck had the same problem. Well part of that problem was that i was not going to allow her to wear some of those getups. Party City did have a few costumes in the Vampire area that werent super slutty, but they were all too big for Mrs Duck. She just has to look really really hard.

Friday, October 27, 2006 12:26:00 PM  
Blogger Carl V. soliloquized...

Shouldn't an elementary teacher be dressing up in the typical prep school/Catholic schoolgirl outfit? Sorry, guess that isn't helping is it.

Friday, October 27, 2006 1:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Gypsy soliloquized...

Anyone who reads my blog probably knows I am all about the sex, but even I can see there's a line that's being crossed these days. Want proof? Stripper poles for little girls.

Friday, October 27, 2006 5:57:00 PM  
Blogger ariberkana soliloquized...

I'm a Brownie Leader, so I've got the same sort of problem.....and after a LOT of thought and consideration (a nurse, a bride, both non-slutty versions, or a Boy Scout), I decided to make myself a costume out of brown kraft paper and be......THE PAPER BAG PRINCESS from the Robert Munsch book!

It's going to be so least, it will be once I've actually made the costume ;)

Saturday, October 28, 2006 11:07:00 PM  

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