It’s October, which means Halloween is upon us. Thus, it’s time for my annual-ish rant about certain costumes.
In past years, I have ranted about sexy costumes. In fact, a number of bloggers I followrant and yell and shake their fists every year. Still, the numbers of skimpy, revealing costumes that objectify women seem to grow, not lessen.
Instead, let’s turn our reluctant attention to those sexy costumes that in some way sexualize children and teens.
What is wrong with people? Who thinks it’s okay to sexualize young girls? Who thinks it’s okay to take children’s characters and twist them in an ugly way? Who thinks it’s okay to fetishize pedophile fantasies?
I’m not casting aspersions on the idea of sexy costumes in general. I understand that there are plenty of people who admire them for various reasons. I don’t particularly understand the desire to be objectified, but I don’t think for all women so I won’t question others’ motives.
(Sexy corn on the cob, however, apparently did not sell well. Not even in Nebraska.)
I take issue with people taking something innocent and turning it into something perverted. I know that there are plenty of people who look at little girls and teens and see things that they shouldn’t see. And apparently there are also people who look at Elmo and Nemo and other beloved children’s toys and see things that they shouldn’t see.
The question is: What, if anything, can we do about this? Let’s brainstorm in the comments.