This cartoon got its inspiration from my girlfriend. She suggested that I do a cartoon about the promiscuity of Halloween costumes for women. Apparently part of the criteria for women is that Halloween costumes have be “sexy,” and she did not think that she was the only one annoyed by this. It fit with their personalities that Sarah would have no qualms about dressing up as a “sexy vampire” for Halloween, while Lily would be less than enthused. Chuck’s reaction is, of course, typical. It’s disappointing that more men aren’t bothered by this, and can’t get past their more base reactions to realize that this is just another way women are sexualized. It doesn’t do much to encourage men to treat women as equals.
Wow, I sound like a total feminist.
Let me put it this way… it’s great that women can look good and feel good. It’s part of being feminine, and they don’t call women “the fairer sex” for nothing. But when that becomes what defines women, it’s unhealthy for men and women alike. In terms of Halloween specifically, when the primary goal and message for women is that they “dress sexy,” it puts undue pressure and anxiety over what should just be a fun holiday. Plus, from my perspective, it takes away from the creativity that makes Halloween great. When so many women dress up as “sexy vampires,” it gets old (as if the whole Twilight thing wasn’t old already) very fast.
Ralph as Mario should be pretty obvious, but those that aren’t fans of Harry Potter might not recognize Chuck’s costume. If you’re one of those people who haven’t read the books and only watch the movies, you might want to stop reading now. Chuck is dressed up as Dobby, who gets killed in Deathly Hallows by a knife thrown by Bellatrix Lestrange. It’s pretty much the saddest moment in the series, so I thought Dobby with a knife in the chest would make a good Halloween costume. It’s funny and ironic and horrible all at the same time.
This cartoon didn’t turn out in the IDS as well as I’d hoped. It looked fine when I greyscaled it in Photoshop, but on newsprint it’s a little too dark for my liking. I’ll have to keep that in mind when I saturate the background in color in the future.
What do you think of Halloween promiscuity? What do you think of the cartoon? Let me know in the comments!