I first realized that Halloween isnt what it used to be when I overheard an earnest discussion between two young women at the costume store on whether it was better to be slutty angel or slutty monarch butterfly.
While I had to pause for just a second to admire the specificity of the butterfly costume apparently the swallowtail is kind of a prude so dont even GO there doesnt it seem a bit odd that everything has to be slutty?
Im the slutty canary in the coalmine warning you that when you shop for your Halloween costume this year, be prepared for a lot of slutty (fill in the blank) including Slutty Panda Bear. It is a short black and white furry costume with fishnets and a black and white mask. Its not slutty so much as weird. Paired with a bamboo whip, there is a whole Fifty Shades of Grey vibe to it that is a bit unsettling.
What next? Slutty reverse mortgage specialist? Its all a bit silly, isnt it?
Walmart got blasted recently for stocking a Naughty Leopard costume for toddlers. Yes. Toddlers. Everybody whined loud about it and Walmart took it off the shelves. Dont worry. They left the guns and ammo. This is America after all. I saw the Naughty Leopard toddler costume, a short frothy little purple and black thing, and I have to say it wasnt that bad. I agree with some who said that it was a language problem with the labeling because the costume came from China, which was going for naughty-playful not naughty in the eyes of the perv who cant be closer than 50 feet to a playground.
I totally get that. Language is everything, right slutty Walt Whitman?
For instance, I bought a Snuggie a few years ago and had to laugh at what was written on the box: Snuggie Make Hot the American Woman.
Maybe we can blame the craze for all things slutty on, wait for it, How I Met Your Mother, and its famous Slutty Pumpkin costume. But probably not. After all, Ive heard several teens lately admit to craving slutty brownies. I had one when offered and while it didnt remind me of a prostitute, it was definitely over the top, ramped up with obscene amounts of chocolate chips and gooey caramel. So slutty now means over the top, not necessarily promiscuous.
While things are definitely sluttier at the costume store this year, its not a new concept. I still remember many years ago asking the Princess babysitter, who was all of 15 at the time, what she was going to be for Halloween. I was expecting witch or ghost but she didnt even pause: Im going as a slut.
I didnt exactly know what to say to that so I think I just said something like: Youre fired.
I guess Im more of a swallowtail than a monarch when it comes to stuff like that.