It’s Halloween, and your kids care about one thing: CANDY! How much can I eat before I throw up? Let’s find out!
Parents–especially Pinterest parents–seem to have far more on their minds. Does my kid look cute? And more importantly, does my little girl look
sexy sassy? Does she look pretty and girly enough? No? IT’S TUTU TIME.
Spot the difference:
Strength versus beauty, because little boys should be strong, and little girls should be “super sweet.” LOVING the thigh-highs.
Evidently, the traditional spidey suits are just too masculine and unpretty for little girls, who need to show off their narrow little waists and plenty of skin.
I have a few ideas about who might be responsible for little girls and their parents becoming obsessed with looking pretty and feminine at such an early age,
but that’s a tale for another time.
On Pinterest, there are pirates, and then there are girl pirates. Cookie monsters, and girl cookie blue things. Ghosts, and… umm… whatever this is. Girls are different than boys! They’re cuter, weaker, and they should wear clothing that’s only suitable for sitting and walking. For girls, there’s no real swashbuckling, monster-ing or scaring allowed.
I don’t know why Renee, below, thinks that you have to put a tutu on a “boy costume” to make it a “girl costume.” To paraphrase Marya Dillon, one of Pinfuriating’s Facebook fans, since when did girls need a tutu to be a superhero?
It’s easy to argue that gender is a construct when you see costumes like this, and realize that parents sort their children into masculine/feminine clothes and activities as soon as they’re old enough to talk.
What will little girls think tonight when they see themselves in costumes designed for posing in pictures, while their male friends sport outfits designed for play? Teaching girls that they’re made to sit pretty while boys have all the fun can lead to all sorts of self-esteem issues when they grow up.
When you teach your girls that Halloween is about being cute and “super sweet”, sassy Spidergirl can turn into sexy Spiderslut when they grow up. Trick or treat!