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It’s Halloween! From spooky to sexy, there are so many ways for all ghouls to celebrate, and there’s something in this holiday for everyone. However, for a lot of us, Halloween means harassment—on the streets, at parties, just walking outside in costume. We’re expected to look sexy, even if that’s not our thing, and we see a lot of costumes that steal from other cultures and races for the sake of creativity.
We think there should be an alternative. This year, we’re launching HOLLAween—a safe space where you can dress up and be free to be who- or whatever you’ve chosen this year. HOLLAween is a costume party free from victim blaming, slut shaming, and cultural appropriation. That means that if you want to be a “sexy nurse,” by all means, strut your stuff! If “scary nurse” is more your thing, don’t be pressured to squeeze into something skintight. If you’re thinking that a “sexy geisha” or “scary genie” might be up your alley, you may want to reconsider.
If you’re unfamiliar with cultural appropriation and why it’s uncool, that’s okay—but this season is the time to learn! Here are some links about what it is and why it’s particularly problematic at Halloweentime:
Dressing up can be fun, safe AND empowering—bring on HOLLAween!
image credits: Hollaback! Boston