If you choose not to participate in the trend of wearing risqué costumes, more power to you. However, I think it’s dangerous to develop a superior attitude toward other women who want to show some skin. In other words, do your thing, but respect other women who feel confident about their bodies. I recall on a Halloween a few years ago when a woman screamed “sluts!” out a car window as she drove past a group of scantily clad women. For the guys who witnessed that incident, it may have reinforced the acceptability of using those terms. If other women wearing those types of costumes really bothers you, it may be time to examine exactly why it gets on your nerves. Imagine if women complimented each other when they saw each other out in skimpy costumes, and defended each other against sexist, slut-shaming remarks? It would certainly make my Halloween a lot better if women viewed each other in solidarity.
solidarity will be had with any WoC and conditionally with any white women in skimpy clothes NOT appropriated from or parodying other cultures. if you’re going to pull some Dia de los Muertos/Native American ‘costume’ shit, you’re on your own.
Yeah, I’m with this (on defending women wearing risqué costumes from harassment so far as the costumes aren’t racist/appropriative). I mean, I’m grossed out by the oversexualization of shit that doesn’t necessarily need to be sexy (and the fact that the “sexy costume” phenomenon is largely one-sided; you don’t see, say, a Chippendales JFK costume being manufactured) but sex-shaming (and harassing and supporting harassing women dressed “provocatively”) doesn’t have any place in that whatsoever.