Why Halloween can be a bad time to be female

Ghostbusters female cast

Remember when the news came out that a Ghosbusters film with an all-female cast was going to be released? The internet basically exploded with people (mostly dudes) moaning about how it was going to ruin their childhood. For example:

The announcement of an all female Ghostbusters reboot is the final nail in the coffin. My childhood can now be laid to rest – Rob @Jeebus_Cristo

@paulfeig thanks for raping my childhood … @melissamccarthy ruins everything she’s in … #Ghostbusters #sinner Daniel Hooven @DanielHooven

Then the film came out, and it ended up being fun and silly and had no impact whatsoever on people’s memories of growing up in the 80s, when they drank Ecto Cooler while watching Betamax and felt like the future had arrived and it was pretty awesome.

It’s not like the film is about lady stuff, anyway. It’s about funny, badass Ghostbusters who just happened to be women. Their femaleness is basically insignificant to the plot.

Anyway, I thought it would be cute for the Popple to be a Ghostbuster for Halloween, so I searched for a costume for her and came across this:

Girl's Ghostbuster costume with a skirt

Why is it necessary to make a girl’s version of this costume? The female Ghostbusters wear boiler suits, just like the men did in the original film – unsexy, unflattering suits that are very practical if you’re planning to splatter ghost goo everywhere. Ghostbusting in a skirt would be ridiculous.

Well, that’s just stupid, I thought. And then I saw the women’s version.

Sexy women's Ghostbuster costume with a short skirt

Ladies, listen.

There’s no reason to dress like the sexy version of something for Halloween. Just dress as…the thing. There are some things – many things, in fact – that shouldn’t be made sexy. A Ghostbuster is one. A Ninja Turtle is another.

Sexy ninja turtle costume

Also Darth Vader. This is very, very wrong. Perhaps not as wrong as a sexy teenage turtle, but still wrong.

Sexy Darth Vader

The Popple will be wearing a normal, gender-free Ghostbuster onesie this Halloween, thus staying true to the films and the spirit of not girlying things up just for the sake of it. As for me – well, I still don’t have a costume, so there’s a very good chance that I’ll be going as a ghost. A very unsexy ghost in a very old bed sheet.

21 Comment

  1. yeah- with four little girls I can relate. Ironically my nine year old’s Harley Quinn Outfit is VERy non-sexist.

    #fridayfrolics

  2. Completely unnecessary as you say and also adds to teen image issues and scary ass men in masks being able to vocalise in an inappropriate way because they are ‘hidden’!

  3. I do agree with this completely, but I used to wear the sexy versions of things, just because i could! (Back in my beautiful, slim days). Although it is terrible, my friends and I wanted to dress up for halloween but we also wanted to meet boys, and so these outfits were perfect! #fridayfrolics

  4. I have to admit I laughed at Darth Vader! But seriously, you have made a very good point here. Why is it that every female Halloween costume is marketed as “sexy” ghost/devil/witch/whatever, when none of these things are meant to be sexy? #FridayFrolics

  5. Yes, why do they do this! WHY? That is not what Halloween is about people! Halloween is not the time for sexy outfits. Halloween is the time for old bedsheets with holes cut in them #FridayFrolics

  6. Those are ridiculous. Plus it’s October. My legs don’t leave the house without 100 denier on! Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

  7. That Darth Vader costume, well. My daughter is going as a ninja, a full body suit where even her face is covered lol. Such a shame they make female costumes in this way, the only thing scary about them is how short the skirt is.
    #fortheloveofBLOG

  8. I agree with everything you say here! ! Both girls and women’s costumes are ridiculous!! I love the sound of your girls Ghostbuster one sit-in nothing else skirts are so impractical for Ghost busting! #fortheloveofBLOG

  9. Absolutely hate the trend for women to dress up as something sexy for Halloween – it’s supposed to be scary !! Obv for women it’s their own choice but for young girls theres no need for the gendering #fortheloveofblog

  10. May you have lots of fun this Halloween. Sexy is not the way forward for little ones. #fortheloveofBLOG

  11. I quite agree, I hate the sexulisation of every-friggin-thing!! Especially for kids!! why is that little girl in the picture wearing makeup even? It bothers me how normal society sees this as :/ #fortheloveofBLOG

  12. YES. I love this! When my brother had a Star Wars party I saw the ‘sexy’ storm trooper/Darth Vaders etc and was like REALLY?! Weird. Also I missed the boat with the first ghostbusters so didn’t watch it until I was an adult, I don’t think a remake could have made it much worse to be honest 😂

  13. It’s crazy how Halloween is the time for women to get out their belts, sorry I mean skirts, and think it’s ok????
    Society has made them think this and I wish it wasn’t so.
    I have dressed up many times in what could be seen as “slutty” but also as Kevin from Kevin and perry and last year I was a construction worker (desperate to show off my 10 week bump)
    Girls costumes do not require short sexiness!!
    #fortheloveofBLOG

  14. I don’t even get the sexy Halloween thing. Scary. You have to be scary. I love that the co’s players have stuck with old Harley Quinn not new Harley Quinn…#fortheloveofblog

  15. Urgh I hate these types of costumes, they look cheap and make the person look cheap too. As you say there’s no reason why women shouldn’t dress as the real thing, and not go to the furst outfit that Google chooses for you Firstly it’s much more realistic, secondly cheaper and thirdly much more scary. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

  16. This is an absolute hoot! Why do they always have to ‘sexify’ (totally a word) everything? Why? You know, its only since I started blogging I have had my eyes opened to how sexist everything is and the lines we are spun by the media etc…These costumes are just another example of turning women into objects. I’d pick a boiler suit every time! #Fortheloveofblog

  17. It really annoys me that everything has to be “sexy” for Halloween! I saw a sexy Lady Bird costume once – I mean, really?!?!

  18. It really annoys me that everything has to be “sexy” for Halloween! I saw a sexy Lady Bird costume once – I mean, really?!?!

  19. Oh my gosh you are totally right! Although I do have to admit in my student days I did dress up as a female version of sully from monsters inc. a furry bikini top mini skirt and arm/ leg warmers! #triballove

  20. Totally agree – why do people feel the need to do this? The sexy darth vadar was super disturbing… Isn’t halloween supposed to be scary not sexy?! #EatSleepBlogRT

  21. Oh good grief! I quite agree! Especially the ‘sexy’ ninja turtle – what the hell is that??

    Thanks so much for joining us on #FridayFrolics. Apologies for my lateness – I have been contending with moving chaos!

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