Tag Archives: Halloween

Celebrating College Halloween

Leisurely scrolling through Party City’s website for women’s Halloween costumes is incredibly disturbing on so many levels. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself. Try clicking the “School Girl” category and you’ll find costumes titled, “Frisky Freshman” or “After School Special.” Unsettled yet? That doesn’t even cover half of them. We live in an […]

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What not to wear on Halloween

I’ve spent a lot of time writing about ways we can keep Halloween fun and interesting without relying on the tired old sexist, and sometimes racist, tropes. But it’s worth noting that there are a lot of pitfalls out there, especially if you’re in the market for a pre-packaged costume. Here’s my nominees for the […]

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A Q&A with Take Back Halloween

It’s that time of year again. People are putting out pumpkins, the air is peppered with the smell of crisp autumn leaves (or so I remember from my pre-desert days), and the same dull, sexist, racist pre-packaged Halloween costumes are lining the shelves. I don’t remember ever getting a costume that came in a plastic […]

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Charlotte Allen Suggests Last-Minute Halloween Costume Idea: Misogynist Concern Troll

This piece was cross-posted at the Sidney Hillman Foundation Unaccountably, Washington Post The LA Times gave Charlotte Allen space to insinuate that skimpy Halloween costumes cause rape. Allen, a contributing editor at a conservative website called “Minding the Campus” is deeply concerned that the feminist anti-rape activists of SlutWalk and the Halloween-industrial-complex are accessories to sexual […]

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A Halloween Gift for You

October is a time of both fun and gore.   The buildup to Halloween entails stores brimming with spooky masks, big rubber snakes and spiders (if you happen to fear those things), thousands of calories of chocolate piled into small bags, and oversexualized costumes for children. Some of these are fun; some are not. Either way, […]

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A Feminist Goes to a Vampire Party

The invitation was a standard Facebook one. It read: “True Blood’s Sookie, Bill, Eric, Sam, Alcide, Jason, Jessica, Pam; The Vampire Chronicles’ Lestat, Louis, or Claudia; Twilight’s Bella, Edward, Jacob or Reneesme (worst name ever); Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Spike, Xander, Willow, Giles, or (duh?) Buffy; even Bunnicula’s Bunnicula! What do they have in common? […]

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