One of my daughters recently asked me why I never let them go trick-or-treating. I told her that I was trying to raise her up with an outward focus, to prefer others before herself, as the Lord commands us. Going door-to-door demanding candy from strangers did not fit with that vision. I now have another reason…
The Washington Post reports that the “hottest trend in costumes, retailers say, is sexy” and that the trend is targetting 11 year olds or younger.
The Halloween costume trend is not only leading to tense mother-daughter standoffs, but it is also part of a far larger worry that young girls are becoming sexualized.
I must admit I saw this happening when I was in high school (early 80’s) but never in 8 and 9 year olds. The story is disturbing in general but this made me sad:
Megan Smith, 16, perused the costumes at Party City with her father, Dan. She first tried on the Prisoner, a slinky spandex number with a little button at the throat and open chest like a ’70s disco halter dress. She settled on Raggedy Ann, a blue mini dress so mini that the lacy underskirt barely dusts the bottom of the fanny.No one does scary costumes anymore, Megan said.
Blame that on the teen movie “Mean Girls,” she said, quoting a line verbatim: “Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.”
Her father laughed nervously. “They’re all a little risque, and I don’t like that,” he said. “She’ll be wearing shorts underneath.”
Megan rolled her eyes
The poor girl despises her dad and herself:
Prov 15:32 Whoever ignores instruction despises himself,
but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.
If Dan ever reads Proverbs 5 to his son, will he be cutting his eyes at his daughter?
5:20Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman
and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?
21For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the LORD,
and he ponders all his paths.
22The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him,
and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.
23 He dies for lack of discipline,
and because of his great folly he is led astray.