What I remember about Halloween as a kid is the task of finding an awesome costume made from stuff around the house, trick-or-treating with my little brothers, and then coming home to watch our dad eat our chocolate bars while he ‘looked for pins and razor blades’. I would then go inventory the rest of my candy and then twitch in my bed while the sugar wore off and sleep set in.
But I don’t remember ever buying a Halloween costume, and I certainly don’t remember asking my mom to sex it up a bit. I don’t think I really put together the whole concept of sexy until 10th grade or so.
Now I am raising my own daugther, there is simply NO WAY that I am letting Smalls traipse around my neighborhood in something that sexualizes her and sends the message to those that view her that very young girls can be seen as sexy. I find that an extremely dangerous thing to do, in fact. My daughter isn’t sexy. She’s five.
Last week she wanted to be Superhero Kitty Litter, this week she wants to be the Headless Horseman. She has no concept of “sexy”, and I am proud of the fact that she is five going on six, not five going on sixteen. Whatever costume we settle on, we will be sexy-free as we walk around the neighborhood begging for candy from the neighbors.
Let’s take a look at how much things have changed from when I was a girl, to now….and what I would find if I decided to sell my soul and buy her a French-maid-formula Halloween costume from one of the porny Halloween shops temporarily inhabiting the strip mall on Main Street…
So what can you do as a concerned parent? Join the experts and other parents TONIGHT – Oct 13th at 8pm CST/9pm EST for a chat on twitter. You’ll have the chance to discuss with other moms and dads about how we can help our kids understand, and successfully fight back against the marketing of sexualized costumes for kids.
Follow hash tag #girlsnow. Add it to the end of your tweet so we can see your question or comment.
Before the chat follow @Nancy_Newmoon, @PigtailPals, @BeABetterWoman, @AudreyBrashich, @DrRobyn .
If you’re not on Twitter you can still participate live on Nancy Gruver’s blog. We want to hear from you!
If you can’t make it live or do not use twitter, the transcript will be available afterward on Nancy’s blog.
The panelists are:
Amy Harman of Becoming A Better Woman
Dr. Robyn Silverman, author of Good Girls Don’t Get Fat
Melissa Wardy of Pigtail Pals
Nancy Gruver of New Moon Girls
Audrey Brashich, author of All Made Up