Craig Daily Press, 2008) business owners note differences in the types of costumes that girls and boys want for Halloween. Girls, according to the article, have been buying fairy and princess costumes, while boys favor scarier fare: "Anything to do with horror movies", said Kmart assistant manager Tonia Coates.
The Boston Globe (2008) reports that the popularity of revealing costumes is declining for girls ages 6 - 14. "For the first time in years," according to the Globe, consumers are "seem to be demanding more fabric for their cash." According to a column at MSNBC (2008) entitled "Sexy Little Devils", this can only be to the good: "studies show that the oversexualization of girls correlates with depression and eating disorders."
I'm all for covering up at Halloween. I'm from New England. It's freaking cold at the end of October! Sure, when I was a kid, I wanted to have beautiful, lightweight costumes, but they were usually combined with a heavy coat, so they never got seen. The best New England Halloween costumes I ever saw were based on a painted cardboard box, and could be worn over a snowsuit, if necessary.
Still, there are few things that make me crazier than the phrase "studies show". We've looked at a lot of studies about depression and eating disorders, and I haven't seen anything mentioned about "sexy nurse" costumes. A quick search this morning didn't find anything, either. What do you think?
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