Hallowe’en? I’m Scared! Because I Find I Agree With Calgary Feminists!


Grinning Halloween lantern vector illustration.

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I always enjoyed Hallowe’en (notice I can spell it properly, please!) as a kid in a North American small town. We’d get dressed up as witches and ghosts and trek up and down our street for candies, fruits and the occasional nickel. Nobody was worried about children going out after dark in those halcyon 1950s days.

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But this report from modern Canada came as something of a shock….a sexy leopard costume for a three-year-old, complete with fishnet stockings? And a ‘mac pimp daddy’ costume for eight-year-old boys…?

Frankly that’s disgusting! I thought when I first read about, ‘hey, this must be a bad joke,’ or at least hyperbole, but Pam Rocker, of Calgary, says she and a friend actually saw such things on sale in a costume shop.

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 Pam Rocker

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Gals clad thus are not likely to upset me – if they are over sixteen!

But a toddler? What the hell is wrong with whoever designed, created and put such a thing on sale?

Pam is involved in a ‘feminist theatre company in Calgary called Urban Curvz, ‘ an involvement that would tend to make me wary of her.

But I have to applaud when she asserts that her group is ready to fight back against what they say is an increasingly sexualized holiday.

Sex has nothing to do with Hallowe’en. It’s first and foremost a day, or night, for the kids.

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sexy red indian Nice costume – for adults!

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Sure, adults can enjoy parties and grown-up girls can get tricked out in all kinds of yummy gear, but for God’s sake, not little children.  

Proper witches, like we became on All Hallows Eve back then, were ANYTHING but sexy. They were horrid old hags, as portrayed above, and the ghosts wore plain white sheets. That was enough, and we had loads of fun.

We were 5, 6, 7, years old, and sex was something we were hardly aware of, or talked about. Cowboys and Indians in summer, building snowmen -oops,-snowpersons! –  and snowball fights in winter. Us little guys liked toy soldiers, our female friends played with dolls.

Surely kids can be allowed to be kids?

So good for Pam the Feminist with her Take Back Halloween!

Having said that, it sounds like she’s going a bit far with a feminist costume contest! Especially when she starts rabbiting on about how the costumes will not gender stereotype and maybe actually empower women.”

C’mon, Pam, just let them be good old-fashioned ghosties and ghoulies. 

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/feminist-group-calgary-seeks-back-015859057.html