How not to do couples Halloween costumes

How not to do couples Halloween costumes

Can you spot the Pinterest trend?

Exhibit A:


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Exhibit F:


That’s right, the common theme for all of these costume ideas is that the female is the object, and the male is, well, a man.

You might be thinking I’m just another social justice warrior, insistent on pointing out things no one really cares about, and no one should really worry about.

Maybe that’s true.

But my question is, what does this trend in couples Halloween costumes say about our culture?

Does it point to a deeper problem, that women still to this day are viewed as objects, as things that derive their value from their ability to please a man, as a slice of pizza or fried chicken would?

Is this an expression of a cultural issue that goes deeper, to the top of societal power structures? Like last month, when a U.S. Senator based a woman’s credibility regarding sexual assault charges on the fact that she was “pleasing” and “attractive”?

Well, I think it is. I think the fact that so many couples costumes involving a person and an object happen to place the female as the object is a sign. It tells me that we still have a long way to go to learn how to value women. And how to demand value from others.

However, if you are a woman and you want to be a chicken for your Colonel Sanders or maple syrup for your elf, or a slice of pizza for your delivery guy, by all means, do it.

I just wonder why, and I think you’re selling yourself short.

Help me out:

Can you think of a better couples Halloween costume than the jokers up above?

Leave your idea in the comment box below!


This post was written by Jody, lead writer at Strait Writing. If you are looking to improve your writing, schedule a coaching session and get practical tips on how to take your writing to the next level.

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