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When it comes to understanding another person’s intentions or motivations, I like things said exactly as they are meant. I’m not great with underlying messages.

For an example, take this “Halloween’s Just An Excuse To Dress Like A Slut,” which was performed on a Massachusetts radio station this morning. From the title, I already had my guard up considering I’m of the anti-slut shaming persuasion. But in the YouTube description, they describe it as a “satirical look at adult halloween parties.” Obviously, just slapping the word satirical on something doesn’t necessarily mean that it is, but I gave it a watch.

The first stanza is about a college student who chooses to wear a costume with cleavage, leading into the chorus “Halloween’s Just An Excuse To Dress Like A Slut.” Huh. Was he trying to satirize the fact that costumes available for women are usually all marketed as “sexy” versions and those are often portrayed as the only options for women at Halloween?

I mean, maybe that was the intention. I think that warrants critique – though I think that would still rely on a definition of the word “slut” that I don’t believe in. But even if this was the intention, it just didn’t feel super obvious to me. It felt more like the joke was that “women be dressing slutty on Halloween of course,” so let’s sing about it – lest we forget women have every right to wear whatever they want.

Later in the song, I think the intended satire was more present. One stanza is about a man being a pimp for Halloween, and I felt like there was a message about how people may overlook the undertones of sexual violence when picking their Halloween costume. Because yeah, I really don’t think being a pimp for Halloween is appropriate.

But even when I felt I was in on this “satirical look,” other little things about the song just left me feeling weird. Like the comment to a female co-host that she might relate to the lyrics or ending the song with “dress accordingly” which after the song felt like a message to “cover up.”

Sigh, I don’t know. I feel full of mixed messages. Maybe I should just write a very literal follow-up song that is “Halloween’s A Chance To Wear What You Want (But Please Don’t Be Offensive)” for everyone else like me out there just to really hammer that message home.

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(via Halloween Gazette)