Every blog I follow seems to be covering problematic costumes this week, and you’ve still got one day to read up before the big day! Racist, sexist, fatphobic, transphobic, and appropriative costumes like these don’t have a place in Halloween fun. Let’s see what’s trending this year!
Warning: these links are about costumes that are, as stated, racist, sexist, fatphobic, transphobic, and appropriative; and include discussions of domestic violence, medical trauma, etc. (Also: tastelessness.)
Ray and Janay Rice
Matt Saccaro. “The Year’s Most Tasteless Halloween Costume Just Got Even More Offensive.” News.Mic. 26 Oct. 2014.
Now, in addition to making light of domestic abuse, a new slew of Ray Rice costumes add the inherent racism of blackface to the mix.
(Contains images of blackface and domestic violence “jokes.”)
TCO. “Ray Rice Costumes Emerge During Domestic Violence Awareness Month.” Have You Nerd? 27 Oct. 2014.
Domestic violence plagues our country and yet we seem to be making little to no progress in the struggle to end it. In fact, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, yet I’ve seen little discussion on social media or elsewhere on the topic. Sure the NFL launched a video declaring “No More“, but it feels like PR cleanup after the Ray Rice incident (I really hope I’m wrong and that this campaign generates real change). (Personally, I would love to see the NFL switch their partnership from Breast Cancer Awareness to Domestic Violence Awareness-purple everywhere!)
“Please Put Me In Quarantine: The Sexy Ebola Halloween Costume Is Here.” Jezebel. 26 Oct. 2014.
Lisa Wade. “Men Dressing Up as Fat Women.” Sociological Images. 24 Oct. 2014.
An excellent piece of evidence that femininity is hilarious or ridiculous in U.S. culture, or even frightening or disgusting, is the fact that men use the category “woman” as a Halloween costume. We laugh when we see men dressed up as women because how ridiculous, right? Women do not generally dress up like a generic man on Halloween because adopting masculinity is an everyday things for us. It’s valued, not mocked.
In case you need last minute ideas that aren’t awful, see Sarah Mirk’s “16 Feminist Halloween Costume Ideas” on Bitch Media.