It’s Time to Stop Slut Shaming Halloween Costumes

I have only been slut-shamed once in my entire life. It was, by a fellow girl, nonetheless, over — you guessed it — a Halloween costume. Apparently, my giraffe print high-waisted leggings and bandeau bra were enough to warrant being slut-shamed at the ripe age of 18. In retrospect, this interaction is funny because the girl who called me this had no clever sort of insult, but instead just straight up called me a slut. So by the end of that exchange, I had two questions: A) why do other girls (not just guys!) slut-shame other girls and B) who gives a fuck if someone wants to dress scandalously?

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If you ask me, Halloween is the one day a year where you can walk out in thigh highs and heels and play into every overtly sexual part of yourself that you might keep on the D.L. on a day-to-day basis. Women are confronted daily because of what we’re wearing, the lack of what we’re wearing, or if we’re not smiling enough — because, you know, some schmuck on the street always needs to make sure that a woman knows what he’s thinking of her (’cause we’d just die without their input, right? Read: heavy sarcasm). Sometimes, though, we cower because this experience can be irritating. I don’t want to fight someone for cat-calling me at 8 a.m. because A) it’s early and B) my body is none of your business. But while it’s been established amongst women that no one  — men, the government, the patriarchy — owns our bodies, why oh, why oh, why do we let other women slut-shame one another?

Any woman would run to the defense of another woman who was just harassed by a man (or, so, I would hope, ladies!), but why do women think they can get away with being just as patriarchal? If this generation is really going to be all about women for women, then we need to get one thing clear, so listen up and listen good: we need to stop slut-shaming one another. Period. There is no excuse for it. If a woman is wearing a costume you think is a little scandalous looking? Leave her be. If you think she looks like Karen from Mean Girls? We all do, but we let her rock because it’s Halloween and she can do whatever she wants because it’s her body — not ours. Halloween is, as Mean Girls states, the one day a year girls can get away with wearing anything, so let’s start getting away with it and let’s stop-shaming each other.

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But, let’s be honest for a minute, we should just leave everyone alone. So your friend wants to wear a full-on nun costume (a not *sexy* nun costume, at that). So what? Don’t say anything. Halloween costumes are a choice, and it leaves us with one full day out of the year to be whoever we want and get a little crazy if we wanted to. So if you want to be the same old you, the most overtly sexual nurse there ever was, or a ghost with a sheet over your head — be who you want and love others for doing the same.

Written by Hannah Smith

Feature Image via Paige Hogan

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