No one would argue, Halloween has become an excuse for girls to dress slutty without feeling guilty.
The sad fact is… this is starting to trickle down to our daughters.
If you don’t believe me, just take a peek at the best selling costumes from the most popular costume retailers. Here’s Party City’s “Top Costumes” for teenaged girls:
Teen Girls Snow Bunny Costume? Really? It seems to be missing… pants!
Teen Girls Unicorn Costume. It’s just a slutty girl with a horn on her head.
Teen Girls Hello Kitty? I think we’ve strayed a little bit from the cartoon.
Teen Girls Sassy Sailor? What parent would by their daughter a costume with that label?
Teen Girls Glee Cheerleader? Oh, yeah… that’s a role model I want my daughter emulating.
This is a clear case of what the American Psychological Association (APA) calls “sexualization.” It’s when girls value “sexy” as more important than other characteristics.
What are you teaching your girls to value? Are you having these conversations… and if not… who is?