Why I’m Not Offended By Sexy Halloween Costumes

Leg Avenue is a popular "sexy" Halloween costume designer in the US.

Leg Avenue is a popular “sexy” Halloween costume designer in the US.

Okay,  this is going a bit out of the usual range of topics for my blog, but bear with me, folks.

Please note that, if you are viewing Frag Girl at work today, this blog contains (linked) images that are not work-safe.

Googling "NSFW" yields interesting results!

Googling “NSFW” yields interesting results! Also, funny t-shirts.

This one goes out to the ladies. As a feminist and a woman who frequently criticizes oversexualization and objectification, I wanted to make it clear that there’s a difference between these complaints when they’re made in a legitimate format and when they’re just, well, egregious. For example, if I’m playing a video game and I see a woman in a chainmail bikini (in an environment that is otherwise serious), I’m going to roll my eyes and groan a little. In this case, the exposure is out of place and obviously meant for fanservice. It can occur in any genre, and, unsurprisingly, in real life – look at some of the women who dress up in about six inches of fabric for Comic Con, for example.

Pikachu, what are you doing!

Pikachu, what are you doing!

That said, sometimes you just have to have fun. To diverge from video games for a bit, I love the hell out of sexy Halloween costumes. Usually, they’re hilarious or adorable – just think of the little German barmaid costumes, for example. There is one day of the year where you as a woman (and hopefully of age – if you haven’t hit puberty yet, please dress as a princess instead) can dress up in something completely ridiculous and let loose, and that’s Halloween. Of course, if you saw someone in an outfit of this variety on any day of the week, it would be cause for frustration, but damn, don’t get your hackles up on a holiday that, in the adult portion of America, is celebrated with copious amounts of booze, candy, and bad taste.

After many long years spent in a coma, Link finally afforded the surgery he always desired.

After many long years spent in a coma, Link finally afforded the surgery he always desired.

In short, it’s fine to get upset when you see your gender exploited, but there are times when you can relax and just plain revel in audacity. It isn’t against the feminist code, so to speak, to dress up and have fun looking sexy for once. This is why you won’t see me complaining when I see a gal prancing down the street dressed as a “sexy” whatever on Halloween – as long as nothing illegal is showing.

As an unintentional bonus, sexy Halloween costumes also yield some hilarious results.  Go ahead and check out the Tumblr tag for Yandy, which showcases some of the best of the best.

Sexy Jane Goodall, I shit you not.

Sexy Jane Goodall, I shit you not.

PS -If you ever want a fun drinking game, play “Not A Costume” on Yandy.com (linked content is Not Safe For Work (NSFW)). The goal of the game is to go into any Halloween section of the site and see if you can find something that’s just plain lingerie mixed in, then take a shot. Have at it, persons of legal drinking age.

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