• Mon, Oct 21 2013

Harlotry: Don’t Dress Like A Whore On Halloween

sexy cop and robber halloween costume

Sexy Halloween costumes are a time-honored tradition that dates back to whenever it became socially acceptable for women to traipse around in small amounts of clothes while consuming large amounts of alcohol. This is a great thing! When it comes to Halloween costumes, I think everybody should get as sexy as they see fit. Violating indecent exposure laws is a pretty bad idea, but as long as you stay in the legal definition of “clothed,” whatever, right? And while you’re getting sexy for All Hallows’, you should probably consider a sex worker costume, right? Nothing’s sexier than a sex worker costume, right? It’s the perfect choice for everybody.

Except it isn’t. It’s actually a pretty horrible choice for pretty much anyone except maybe actual sex workers.

“But wait,” you might be saying, “in pretty much every column ever, you’ve been saying that sex work is just a normal job that normal people do. People dress up as sexy firefighters and nurses and nuns all the time for Halloween. How is that okay, but dressing as a hooker isn’t?”

I wish it was realistic to draw a comparison between a sexy cop outfit and a stripper outfit–in a perfect world it would be–but sadly this is not a perfect world. The big difference is, as always, stigma.

There isn’t really a stigma associated with being a police officer, fireman, or nurse. Pretty much everyone except criminals, arsonists, and bug chasers regard these professions very highly. Sure, making them “sexy” is a bit silly and may not be completely respectful to the men and women who actually do have such careers, but Halloween is a silly holiday. Unfortunately in my experience, dressing as a sex worker is a different kind of joke to most people. It’s a joke because they would never dream of degrading themselves with sex work, and, of course since Halloween is a party holiday, it’s a great way to get into party mode.

Everyone knows that sex workers are all crazy partiers!

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  • LynnKell

    Besides, being something-slutty is so unimaginative. So many costumes to end up being a slutty bunny. *sighs*

    • http://toyboxkiller.tumblr.com/ Cate

      This is my issue with most “sexy” costumes. I don’t care how much skin people want to show (for Christ’s sake I’m being Lady Columbia this year in a see-through version of a Roman palla and a strategically draped American flag) but just be creative, people! There are cooler ways to be sexy and scantily clad than to just wear your lingerie and throw on some animal ears.

  • Muggle

    I hate the sexy-whatever costumes because they’re… gross. I don’t really care about how much skin people show, it just pisses me off that women and teenage girls don’t have any real options. Slutty nurse, slutty cop, slutty teacher (!), slutty princess/queen, slutty witch, slutty Bavarian barmaid. If somebody wants to be a nurse, cop, teacher, princess, or witch for Halloween, they shouldn’t have to totally sexify (totally a word! >.>) that line of work. Even if you’re spoofing it, sexifying it is stupid and unimaginative, and I think it does devalue women in those fields. Even the witches. It also sends the message that women don’t matter at all unless they’re sexy. Maybe I’m reading too much into it. :/

    • Marshall Thompson

      What’s not to like? Relaaaaxxxxxxx! :-)

  • Joe

    Whatever.

  • clemdane

    To me it’s ruined Halloween because if you’re a woman you are expected to wear something slutty and the whole fun of dressing up to scare people has been eliminated from it.

  • Pete Koch

    I love the sexy-whatever costumes… her body and her choice…