Well, to start with, we could not dress our elementary-aged daughters in costumes like these for Halloween:
The Mo' Midriff Little Pop Star Costume:
The "Drama Queen Major Flirt Girls Costume" (Their real marketing title):
The Cheer Leading Vamp Costume:
I mean, really. There was a time when Halloween was not a holiday for sexist stereotype indoctrination, but a night when all kids could dress up as brain-eating un-dead goblins from Mars. Where have the good old days gone?
Instead of passing our young girls the fish nets and knee-highs this year, maybe we could have the kids research Amelia Earhart and dress up as aviators. Or perhaps we could have a few Marie Curie kids running around in lab coats. Or Queen Elizabeth kids, even. At least let them dress in the firemen and doctor costumes, for Pete's sake.
UPDATE: Jezebel noticed this too, and points out the ironies of parent-provided stripper costumes with their usual eloquence. They have also posted the worst example of stripper costumes for kiddies. Also, Strollerderby breaks the issue down for us with these words:
It's nothing new, but it still irks me to no end that from a very young age boys are given role models who use their minds and bodies to do something useful, something productive, while girls are taught to leave their minds at home and use their bodies to attract attention. Even while wearing masks.Yeah, it sorta irks us too.
UPDATE II: In response to popular demand, we've posted some of our ideas for kiddie Halloween costumes here.