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Bringing Out The Slut In All Of Us

Oct 07, 12 Bringing Out The Slut In All Of Us

In a mere three weeks, trick or treaters will parade the streets in cute little costumes of bumble bees and animals and vampires and witches and princesses and angels and you name it. These costumes will allow those kids to pretend to be something other for just one night and to convince households to give them candy. But after the streets clear of cute little kiddos in their Halloween garb, out come the adults…and the slutty attire: slutty nurses and maids, sexy princesses, bumble bees, and animals, alluring vampires, witches, and oh so many more.

That’s right. Halloween allows the good girls to play bad. And they do. Some women will take the most chaste of costumes and slut it up. The sweet angel child who begged “trick or treat” years before turns into the sexy angel femme strutting up to the party. A wicked witch with green skin and warts as a little girl becomes the seductive, green enchantress in hot pants and bra, sans the warts.

Dressing up for Halloween gives people an opportunity to be someone or something else. Kids play with this all the time. A little boy dons a Power Ranger outfit and suddenly he’s a Kung Fu master. For women, Halloween provides a venue to stop being such a goody-goody. So often women have to be the role model. They are the mothers and sisters and daughters and friends. They are the support. But on Halloween, they put on a different hat. They shorten their skirts, rip their blouses, glitter their bodies, and strut their stuff.

This is wonderful. So many women spend so much of their time being the perfect everything that they deserve to let their hair down, or tease it up if you will, one night a year. I am usually anti-objectification of women, but somehow Halloween seems different to me. I guess it’s because women choose their costumes. I mean, some even make their slutty costumes. I knew this woman who went to a costume party as a magazine once. She made this incredible little dress out of magazine pages and tape. And it was sexy.

Halloween gives women permission to explore their sexuality in a less judgmental fashion. Everyone’s dressed up, so no one can really judge without thinking about her own threads. In our everyday lives, if we wear something perceived as too short, too low, too tight, or too flashy, we have to deal with the glances and whispers and objectification. Women can’t just freely explore our sexiness in our daily lives without repercussions. But on Halloween, the sexy can come out, and it does. And since everyone is slutting up their digs, the criticism falls behind.

Don’t get me wrong; I do not support dressing sexy on Halloween just for the attention. But I don’t support that in everyday life either. I believe women should own their sexuality and their sexiness, but not because they are objects. Women are sexy and beautiful in all shapes and sizes. We should proudly explore that.

So this Halloween, take that nurses scrub and make it hot pants, turn that long gown into a sexy party dress, and add just a bit more glitter to everything. Be sexy and slutty for just one night. It’s okay.

Image Credit: Jason Stitt / Shutterstock

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous /

    This has to be the dumbest article ever written.

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