Why We Shouldn't Support A "Sexy Halloween"

Why We Shouldn't Support A "Sexy Halloween"

Don't let society tell you what you ought to look like on a kid's holiday.
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Every October, BuzzFeed, and Cosmopolitan bombard me with articles that read "20 DIY Halloween Costumes" and "Sexy Halloween Costumes," and it has led me to think why Halloween has turned into an opportunity to sexualize and objectify women.

Of course, this article should not be misconstrued as a rant utilizing men or the patriarchy as a scapegoat, since the "sexy Halloween" phenomenon exists because it has the approval of both women AND men.

I wonder why every women's Halloween costume catalog features a majority of revealing clothes as if revealing clothes are what the culture demands of women during Halloween.

Why do we forget the creativity, spontaneity, and innovation that Halloween used to glorify?

As a child, I remember carefully planning my Halloween costume. I wanted to be original, and I most certainly did not want another kid in the neighborhood walking around in my costume. I remember coordinating superhero t-shirts with my friends in middle school, thinking that our idea was so clever.

Now, less than six years later, I notice a vast difference between what I and what today's middle school/ high-schoolers find "normal Halloween apparel".

Today, I see girls who wear black crop tops, jean shorts, and high-rise socks amidst the cool autumn breeze of late October, calling themselves "Cats."

I see girls who use scissors to demolish any plain white t-shirt, then splatter fake blood all over themselves, calling themselves "Zombie Girls"; should I believe them? Or should I think that the only reason they destroyed their old white t-shirt was to provide a costume that shows off their bra and whatever else is underneath?

Are there ulterior motives to implementing "sexy" Halloween costumes as the "norm" for young girls?

I wish Halloween wasn't a holiday that encouraged the sexualization of women. Instead, I think you should be that original, creative, and innovative person you strive to be. Don't let society tell you what you ought to wear on a kid's holiday.

Cover Image Credit: thedebrief.co.uk

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.


2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."


3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.


4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."


5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."


6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."


8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)


9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.


10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.


11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.


13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.


16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."


18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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10 Essential Fall Pieces That Every College Girls Needs To Add To Her Wardrobe

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I don't know about you but I absolutely LOVE fall. It's perfect weather, cuddle season and did I mention the cute clothes? Please console the list below to make sure you're all set for the upcoming fall activities:

1. Tall Riding Boots 

Neutral colors are the go-to.

2. Infinity Scarves

Like a blanket around your neck, c'mon.

3. Comfy Cardigans

Alright, this one is literally just wearing a full blanket.

4. Anything Flannel

Typical but still comfy and cute.

5. Leggings 

Pair with a sweater and that infinity scarf and you got yourself a perfect fall outfit.

6. Jean Jacket

7. Vest

When you need to bundle a little, but not too much.

8. Sweatshirt Dress 

9. Heeled Boots 

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10. Beanie 

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