Silence slut-shaming: no room for sexism on Halloween

“Halloween is the one time of the year where you can dress like a total slut and nobody can say anything about it.” Mean Girls spoke, and the world takes it as gospel. That’s just how it works, ok?

But times are a-changing (thank fuck). First of all, it’s not okay (it never should have been okay) to call women sluts. Slut is a slur. It’s offensive. Secondly, what defines a slut anyway? Having sex? Wearing revealing clothes? Doing both of those things are okay, and yet ‘slut’ is thrown in our faces like it’s the worst insult imaginable to a woman.

What defines a ‘slut’? 

Let’s assume that by ‘slut’ we mean dressing in a way that shows some skin that the world sees as unacceptable. At what point does an outfit become “slutty”, I wonder? 2cm of cleavage is fine, but 2.3cm and — oh god, you are now a slut and don’t deserve to be respected. Bare thighs = ok – but fishnets? Christ, woman, cover yourself up, don’t you know you look like a slut? Gosh, this slut malarkey is complicated, is there a rulebook so I can avoid being called *gasp* a slut?

Terminology aside: there is no room for slut-shaming in this society anymore

If you are a girl who likes to cover up or dress in a “properly scary” costume on Halloween, that’s cool. You go girl. If you’re a girl who likes to embrace herself as a sexual being and show some more skin, crack out the fishnets and a choker, that’s cool. You go girl. 

If you judge girls based on what they are wearing or think you are better than them because of what you wear or choose to not wear, you are adding to the dangerous, shaming narrative that women’s clothing directly feeds into their integrity, safety, and worth as a human being. And guess what, honey, I’m here to drag you kicking and screaming into this century whether you want it or not.

Anyone who cares whether you’re a sexy cat or not this Halloween is misogynistic, sexist and uneducated.

Girls, boys, whoever you are: wear whatever the fuck you want this Halloween.

Image: Mean Girls; Paramount Pictures

Amy Smith

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