I thought this was brilliant! It's a column by Dan Savage, the sex columnist, in Seattle's Stranger - read it in its entirety at the link & excerpts follow below, with the intent of preserving some of the 'meat' of the article. I have added a "sexy Pokemon."
He starts by talking about whether a "sexy cadaver" costume for females is rather too "PC" in some minds - since the male is usually clothed and the female nearly nude in many costumes.
The girl gets a black, skintight, miniskirted body bag (!) complete with a zip-up-and-over-the-head hood, while the boy gets a baggy black lab coat with the word "coroner" printed on it, presumably worn over street clothes. There's nothing sexy about "a man whose job is to deal with dead people looking at a sexy dead stranger," Lilith wrote in an October 2008 post at Feministing.com, "an online community for feminists and their allies." No argument from me there, Lilith, and I agree that there's definitely a "power dynamic being displayed" when a woman dresses up as a sexy cadaver for a man on Halloween and lies down on an autopsy table, per the photograph from the catalogue. There's nothing sexy about that.
You know what else isn't sexy? The grousing you hear, even in the offices of TheStranger, when ads for "sexy" Halloween costumes start appearing in early September. People I know to be reliably pro-pleasure lefties—people who are all for recreational sex and legal drugs and strap-on dildos—sound like religious conservatives when Halloween rolls around. A children's holiday has been transformed into an opportunity for stupid straight people to dress up in revealing outfits and make sex-crazed spectacles of themselves in public. And isn't that just sad?
Nope. It's awesome—and long overdue. I'm often asked—confronted—about gay pride parades when I speak at colleges and universities. Usually it's a conservative student, typically someone who isn't happy about my being invited to campus in the first place. We gay people like to pretend that we're all about love and marriage, the conservative student will insist, but look at your pride parades! Look at those guys in assless chaps and all those bare-chested lesbians dancing! Just look! The exchange almost always ends with this: Conservative student: "Straight people don't flaunt our sexuality like that. We don't have straight 'pride' parades."
Me: "You should." And it seems clearer with every passing Halloween that straight people do.
1. Shania Twain perfected her twang in Nashville but is from Southern Ontario.
2. Ministry's lead singer is from Chicago and has a high voice but the vocals on some of their songs were done by an English girl with his same name - Al Jourgensen. It was also a synthpop record!
3. The Rolling Stones tried to sing with Nashville accents on "Dead Flowers," "Honky Tonk Women" and "Country Honk."
4. Keith Urban is from New Zealand and talks like it but sings with an American twang.
5. The Killers are from Nevada but try to sound British.
6. Lily Allen went to posh London schools but effects a working-class Cockney dialect.
7. Green Day are from Oakland but sometimes effect as close as they can come to Brixton UK accents.
8. Matisyahu morphs Hasidic Jew with Jamaican but is went to school in Eugene Oregon and was born in Pennsylvania.
9. Amy Winehouse is a Brit but tries as hard as she can to sound like she is from somewhere like Alabama. This tradition goes back to Dusty Springfield and other imitators of Philly, Motown etc.
10. The leader of Guided by Voices is a former teacher from Ohio who is obsessed with the Who and uses a fake British accent.
11. Vanilla Ice continually changed his biography from street fighter to trigonometry whiz to Rasta.
12. Tom Jones is son of a Welsh coal miner but sounds like he was raised on the Vegas strip and admits the influence of Elvis.
13. Jay Reatard of the indie Memphis scene is the king of bad English accents and loves to try to sound like an English punk. He has been compared to a cartoon character.
14. Snow is white and from Toronto but claims he picked up his Jamaican "patois" in prison. Canadian prison.
15. "Marky" Mark Walberg is from Boston but seems to have lost his "mean streets" accent over time.
16. Silverhair were from Australia but had a Kurt Cobain imitator for a singer.
17. Joey Ramone sometimes tried to use a British accent instead of his tick Queens one.
18. John Fogerty was not "Born on the Bayou" - he came from Berkeley.
19. Eric Clapton is not from the Mississippi Delta but from the UK. It was not uncommon in the '60s for British white bluesmen to emulate their black American blues heroes.
20. Thin Lizzy were British and tried their hardest to sound like American classic rock, right down to bad songs such as "The Boys Are Back in Town." Many Americans are shocked to learn that these guys weren't even American.
Global Warming Denier Costume: Black and white feathers and a big bucket of sand: insert head. Catch phrase: It's a little muffled because of the sand, but it sounds like "I don't see any problem!" Why it's scary: Because more Americans believe in haunted houses than human-caused climate change.
Mantra Maid Costume: Matching fair-trade organic yoga outfit, not an unsightly bump to be seen. Perky ponytail. Double jointed hip sockets, soothing voice. Catch Phrase: "Beautiful!" Why it's scary: Because even though you know yoga is not a competitive sport, this person is so darned perfect. Grrrrr.
Clean Coal Guy Costume: Pigpen meets Bernie Madoff: sharp suit, slicked-back hair, stovepipe hat emitting puffs of toxic smoke alternating with streams of poisoned, um, water. Catch phrase: "We gotta lot of coal and it's CHEAP!" Why it's scary: Because it's proof that spin doctors can make anything sound like a good idea. (see also: Relax, CO2 Is Good For You)
Food Cop Costume: Large recycled box of all-natural, local vegetables; flax-seed earrings Catch phrase: "Your body's a temple--do you know what's in that candy bar?" Why it's scary: Because like Mantra Maid, Food Cop reminds you that you could always be doing better, and that macaroni and cheese out of a box is more sinful than sloth, lust and avarice combined.
Polar Ice-less Dude Costume: Dress like a large glass of water…it's too warm to freeze. Catch Phrase: "I'm melting…meeeeelting!" Why it's scary: Because it's coming true. Apathy Chick: Costume: Sweatshop-made designer togs, keys to Hummer around her neck, baby seal fur ear muffs. Catch Phrase: "Whatever." Why it's scary: Because nothing is more frightening and dangerous for us right now than not caring.