Straight Talk Advice

Nov 14, 2007

Halloween costumes not going to make girls strippers

Dear Straight Talk: What’s with all the slutty Halloween costumes? My 13-year-old’s friends all dressed like hookers. My daughter was in a Renaissance outfit and was furious with me because she felt “stupid” at the middle school dance. She’s still mad at me! Don’t the girls care that they look like prostitutes? I heard that one out of 22 girls works as a stripper these days. Is Halloween where they start training for the profession? — Call me square


Dear Square: You’re traveling on thin ice to mess with Halloween, the favorite holiday of youth. I remember 18 years ago seeing a lot of serial killer costumes, and I thought, wow, is this how people are inoculating themselves against the demons of society? I suspect that today’s costumes provide a similar vaccine for young women whose parents, ironically, bottle-fed them, through the commercial media, on sex. I’ll let the panelists speak for themselves, but between me and you, none are training to be strippers. Next week, I’ll feature additional teen comments that address your concerns more deeply.


From Laura, 21: It’s fun on Halloween to wear revealing clothes and an obscene amount of makeup. If you do that any other time people will peg you as a slut and give you dirty looks. I was a German barmaid this year, but I don’t aspire to be one! The girls who wear slutty costumes have no intention of being prostitutes. Consider allowing your daughter to dress how she wants on Halloween — it’s the most harmless time for her to do it. Plus, a little bit of freedom can go a long way toward preventing rebellion.


From Brittney, 19: One out of 22 girls works as a stripper? That’s a load of bull. Most towns don’t even have strip clubs, and even those that do, they aren’t all over town unless maybe it’s Vegas. At Halloween, girls don’t want to be strippers or prostitutes, they just want to look attractive and fit in. But why would you want to be an ugly witch when you can be a hot witch? It’s sad that Halloween has turned into dressing down instead of dressing up, but if girls want to freeze their butts off in their “hooker” outfits, who cares? However, for a girl of only 13, keep her in her Renaissance outfit. She might hate you, but at least she’ll be warm.


From Nicole, 18: Halloween is a time when girls can show off their stuff without getting in trouble or being looked down upon. This year I was an extremely slutty cowgirl and boy, was it fun! Since I started high school, I’ve always dressed up as a little skank. Don’t get angry, we are just having a good time!


From Mary, 17: SEX SELLS! Girls think it’s cool to dress like that; they are getting the guys to look at them. Everyone does it. Your daughter and her friends are not going to grow up to be strippers. Just relax.


From Justine, 14: At my age, one clique is desperate for boys and thinks they will love them if they dress up as sexy policewoman in three-inch shorts. Then there are the rest of us who still like to dress up “for Halloween.”


From Bird, 17: I couldn’t believe how slutty everything was when I was shopping for a costume! I bought this sexy “mad hatter” costume but instead of fishnets and heels, I toned it down with leggings and flats. The hat said “420/69” on it, so I made the “6” an “8.” To think Halloween is going to make girls strippers is absurd. This is one day a year girls get to do this, and it’s fun to do “pimps and hos.” It’s a new era, we may look the part, we may use those words, but we don’t live it.

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