It’s Halloween, which honestly is an entomologist’s favorite holiday. Stores are filled with costumes and swag covered with insects and spiders. It’s also the one time of the year (outside of cons) that you can dress up as an insect and no one will look at you funny.
I am incredibly frustrated, though, by the array of costumes being marketed to women and girls. Pretty much EVERY costume is a “Sexy ______”. Seriously, how the hell is this a ladybug? This is just not practical for a predatory insect–this chick is never gonna catch any aphids in those heels.
Having worn costumes like this, I can tell you it is not much fun. You have to worry about your boobs falling out. You worry about falling off of your shoes. I want a costume I can dance in. I want a costume that is clever. I don’t mind being sexy, but I think sexy comes from being smart, not from letting everyone look at my buttcrack.
Would I feel that way if I wasn’t at the half-century mark in age? I don’t know, but even when I *was* young and Hawt I didn’t dress like this. Here’s a costume of mine from 1987–I went as a parasitized tobacco hornworm. At the time, I was averaging nearly 200 miles/week on my bike. You could have bounced a quarter off my ass, I was so buff. And I wasn’t really letting it all hang out then. It’s just not me.
On the other hand, I really do envy women that *can* dress like this and be comfortable. One of my favorite parts of SkepchickCon is looking at the costumes. I have no idea what this woman is dressed as, but OMG do I like it. There is an entire website devoted to people dressed in Leia’s Metal Bikini, and a PSA video about Slave Leia Costume Fatigue. The Sexy _____ costume is definitely here to stay.
What about you? What are you going to be for Halloween? Do you feel comfortable letting it all hang out, or are you more modest?