The Daily Show’s October 22 episode had a satirical bit with Kristen Schaal about sexy Halloween costumes for women. Kristen commented on how much progress has been made over the years, how in the past women were limited to dressing up as sexy secretaries or sexy meter maids. Nowadays, she said, women have a whole range of sexed up costumes available to them: sexy attorneys, sexy pirates and even sexy food. Kristen always has a way of making me laugh and feel sad at the same time.
A possible antidote for dressing up as Super Sluts might be found on Jamie C. Moore’s website. Her photos of her daughter dressed as some of the most fascinating and heroic women of our time are lovely and thought provoking. She lists a few quotes by these iconic women as well, including one I particularly like, which is attributed to Helen Keller. “What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.”
Please take a look at Jaime’s May 9, 2013 posting on her website, http://www.jaimemoorephotography.com/2013/05/09/not-just-a-girl/
It might be too much to hope for, but next year it would be great to see zero Miley Cyrus costumes and – dare I hope? – a Sally Ride or two.