Risqué Business: the hyper-sexualization of Halloween costumes


Photo by Nathan Rupert via Flickr Creative Commons

Young women sporting skimpy schoolgirl, Minnie Mouse and nurse costumes

Alex Medrano, Staff Reporter

In “Legally Blonde,” Elle goes as a bunny to a masquerade. The iconic outfit is a corset, fishnets, and bunny ears. The fluffed up headband serves as the only identifying feature of the costume. The scene does show an example of a costume that highlights the body and not the outfit, and looking at anything as a possible sexy outfit.

Halloween has become the time to over sexualize the memes or pop culture of the current year. The horror season also has made it a norm of being the time once a year for any female to dress promiscuously. It has become an excuse for a generation of girls to take a previously-associated-with-children costume like a cat or a witch, and reinterpret as being skintight leather with a hat or a headband and thick makeup.

There are costumes that have been traditionally sexy such as Wonder Women, Jessica Rabbit, or Harley Quinn. With those costumes, it is acceptable to have your butt hanging out. But, the issue of sexing up costumes that either are too innocent or make no sense is my main issue.

The memes of 2016 have become the topic of many a conversation, and one of the biggest was the murder of Harambe. While it is understandable that his death sparked satire and went viral, it is not understandable why someone felt the need to make a “Sexy Harambe” woman’s costume. It makes no sense to make a dead gorilla that was killed, sexy. It seems that the Internet troll gods made meme costumes acceptable.

Or, even the meme of the guy in the red sweater from the second presidential debate, Ken Bone. A picture of him went viral and he gained Internet fame, and so did the ridiculousness. The fetishizing of the man in red attempted gender bending, but in the form of something that’s still something that is skintight and shows off feminine qualities.

Memes are beginning to take over the costume shops, but both displays of these costumes are sex-ified things that were previously innocent.

Cosplaying is becoming increasingly popular and is expanding. Fictional characters from cartoons have been morphed into strange costumes that include Sexy Patrick or Sexy Rigby. It seems that costumes are starting to follow Rule 34 (of the internet), which states that anything you can imagine can be sexualized.

Making any costume sexy has become commonplace for female costumes. If Halloween is your excuse to be sexy, then it should at least make sense instead of being needless. What’s the point of turning Big Bird into a yellow teddie?