If you're looking for a feminist halloween costume, it can be tough to trudge through the masses of 'sexy' this and 'slutty' that and find something that wouldn't put your grandmother in a coma upon sight.
So, I did some trudging for you. I searched through endless sites claiming to have 'feminist' options, and found a few key costumes to give you some ideas!
1. The National Organization of Women created a list of feminist costumes that would haunt McCain's House of Horrors. Many of these costumes are still very relevant to the current election. My favorite is the Safe-Sex Pusher: with the tagline, "If birth control is made illegal, where will you get it?" Check out their website for a few more clever ideas!
From NOW's website
Keep reading for more ideas!
2. Next I stumbled upon a fabulous website called Take Back Halloween. It's tagline is "For Women With Imagination" and it is a website devoted to feminist halloween costumes! The costumes are broken down into four categories:
Check out the website for a ton of great ideas, from many cultures!
3. Catwoman. To quote an article from BUST Magazine: "Yes, technically she’s a sexy kitty, and yes, the costume is skintight, but let’s not forget that Catwoman is a total badass. She does what she wants, she kicks Batman’s butt, and she lives alone with a bunch of cats." I'm all about this! Of course, you can interpret the catwoman costume however you like (i.e., it doesn't HAVE to be skintight leather), think black jeans, studded belt, and a tank top. Throw in ears and a whip and you're good to go! Or, you could take it even further and be Catwoman's alter ego, Selina Kyle, Michelle Pfeiffer version:
4. Nancy Drew. Jezebel recommends this one, saying: "Break in that sweater set you bought for internship interviews and go as a sleuth". You could even grab two friends as Bess and George! Nancy Drew was definitely one of my favorite books growing up, and she's a great role model for young girls.
There's a lot of history around the Nancy Drew books as well, specifically women's history. The Nancy Drew legacy largely influenced many young girls as they were growing up, hopefully encouraging them to be curious, ask questions, and be independent. There have actually been studies done on Nancy Drew and her history as well as influence on girls. If you remember her as fondly as I do and are interested in learning more, read Judith Kaplan's Article.
5. Lisa Simpson. Another gem from Jezebel's list, I agree with the description that she's "One of the most underappreciated female role models out there. She's smart, stands up for what's right and can wail on a sax".
Everytime I hear my sisters talk about watching the Simpsons, I appreciate the strong young girl character they can identify with, just after cringing at just about everything else in the show.
6. Lucille Ball. Everyone Loves Lucy!
7. In light of the recent presidential debates, you could also go as "Fired Big Bird" or a "Binder Full of Women". Check out this article for tips on how to create a political-commentary costume. And of course, Hillary Clinton is always a classic.