I agree with Gigi's assessment that it's not a good idea to dress up your kids as miniature prostitutes, but then a philosophy professor, Harry Brod of the University of Northern Iowa, chimes in with his broad advice.
"Males are supposed to be powerful. ... At Halloween, power takes a violent suit. It is not represented by the business suit," Brod said.Oh no, not toy guns and swords!
Boy's costumes seem to encourage violence and gore, he said. Superhero costumes are among the most popular, and they often are accessorized with weapons, like guns or swords, he said.
What's the harm?So, dressing up as the Hulk or Spiderman promotes violence against women, children and men? Walking the neighborhood with a sack of candy while wearing a cowboy hat, will encourage the boy to run home and smack his sister? On the other hand, wearing a three-piece suit and carrying a briefcase promotes harmony with the universe. But that's probably too close to gender stereotyping, so they shouldn't do that.
These costumes speed up gender identities and encourage what might not be acceptable gender roles, he said. In addition to men's violence against women and children, the primary victims of violence are other men, Brod said.
A sad world we live in.
*** We at the BTR household do not celebrate the pagan holiday. You may do as you choose.