15 Men's and Women's Halloween Costumes Reveal Some Scary Sexism

It's a well known fact that most women's Halloween costumes are what we shall euphemistically call suggestive. And not call, say, slutty-as-all-get-out. But hey, this is how the world works right? And there's no way you could possibly dress as a shark if it wasn't a sexy shark. Unless, of course, you happen to be a man.

Because as uncomfortable as it is looking at all the hyper-sexualized Halloween costumes in the women's section of your local Halloween outlet store, it gets even more uncomfortable when you compare them with men's options for the supposedly same costumes. And thanks to the Tumblr "Fuck No Sexist Halloween Costumes" you have plenty of opportunity to compare. Here are our favorite/least favorite examples.


Not too terrible I guess. Her skirt is way too short, but in the grand scheme of things, if that's as bad as it — Oh but wait.


Seriously guys, seriously? I've seen pictures of women in the Navy. That is not how they dress. Not even a little.


Why, why, oh why would you make a sexy Shrek costume when half the point of the Shrek movie is that he's not sexy but he's awesome anyway? And why have this stick figure woman model the costume when Shrek and Fiona are some of the few big-bodied movie characters in existence?

S.W.A.T. Team

Ummmm...okay...I'm not sure we're thinking of the same S.W.A.T. I think the 'S' in the girly version stands for stripper.

Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo, what happened to you?


Aren't angels supposed to have long, flowing, white robes? I distinctly remember something from Sunday school about long, flowing, white robes. But I guess that was just the boy angels.

Jack from 'Nightmare Before Christmas'

One of these costumes looks like Jack. The other looks like a goth in pin stripes. Even when costumes are overly sexual, shouldn't we at least expect them to look something like whatever they're supposed to be? Oh, I forgot, it doesn't matter what women are supposed to be. It just matters that they're hot.


So...these owls don't even look anything alike. Are we sure they're supposed to be the same thing?


Based on the state of these costumes, I'd say that our society is still using its caveman brain quite a bit.


I don't care if it looks like she's on the moon. That suit is not even a remote replica of something that will keep you alive in the vacuum of space. She's not just a sexy astronaut, she's a dead astronaut.

Hugh Hefner

I appreciate the gender bending...or I would if it wasn't so sexist.


Clearly, women can be monsters, they just can't be unattractive. It doesn't matter if the monster you're dressed as is scary, you must, must be sexually appealing at all times.


Oh come on! Bananas are phallic. There are so many ways to sexualize this for a man! But I guess objectifying men would be out of bounds. Eye roll.

Darth Vader

"Luke, I am your inappropriately sexy mother."


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