It's comes as no surprise that Halloween has become a holiday full of exploitative and objectifying costumes for women, but this growing trend doesn't have to continue.
Cue the lovely staff at New Morning Foundation...
At New Morning Foundation, a feminist entity that paves the way to a more equal and brighter future for reproductive health, we pride ourselves in making statements. And we pride ourselves even more with our Halloween costumes, er, Halloween statements.
Let's begin with what I know best: my own costume.
In the early 1900's a French philosopher by the name Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre was born. Sartre was a founding parent (not father, this isn't a story about patriarchy, ya dig?) to the philosophy of existentialism and "leading 20th-century figure" in Marxism. He believed that "existence preceded essence," or that we as beings derived our morality from our ability to choose and make ourself, thus a prominent supporter of feminism.
Jean-Paul wasn't alone in his support of feminism - far from it. Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir, or just Simone de Beauvoir, was an even larger force of feminism. You may know her from her analysis of women's oppression, The Second Sex. She and Sartre had an, let's say, interesting relationship that gave way to countless published works and literary prizes. De Beauvoir was an intellectual, philosopher and activist that helped feminist and progressive movements across the globe.
Who better than to represent these icons than myself and Eme Crawford? *if you noticed a touch of humorous sarcasm, you're right*
And this matrilineal expression continued with another "icon" of mid-century feminism: a physical manifestation of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique.
Not happy with your societal-coercion of suburban life as a housewife? Neither is Ashley Crary.
You may recognize her stylish costume from Anne Taintor's meme's expressing a 'fed-up' attitude toward gender inequality. Yes, Ashley is a meme. So ahead of her time. *yes, another attempt at satirical sarcasm*
Working women? Not something that came easy or overnight. Just like Ashley's concept, this was birthed from the struggle that women before the second wave of feminism faced: a dissatisfaction of society's view of women.
And to be frank, this is something that is still a problem today. Women only get paid, on average, 77 to 87 cents to that of what a man makes. Are you okay with this? I'm sure as hell not.
I give you: a working woman bringing home the bacon.
That's right, a cute baby in a pig costume. The level of "adorable" is sickening *there goes that deft attempt at humor* and deserves the spotlight we're giving it. Nothing better than a powerful mom to be a role model for her daughter - or her piglet.
Next we have cats. And yeah, they're sexy cats. Have a problem with it? *I know you don't, I'm just teasing you* Feminism doesn't just mean that we are fighting for the right for women to be treated as equals to men, but that they can be whatever and whoever they want to be. And if Emily and Katie want to be super rebellious and empowered, fierce wildlife then THEY CAN BE THAT.
But if you have been around the internet for the past few years, you might have come across Women Against Feminism, and the parody, Cats against Feminism. So Katie and Emily bring you Cats against Catcalls! They don't take your crap, and instead they dish it back.
Pussy riot. This need no further explanation, but instead needs a slow clap. *This. is. a slow. clap.* Way to go Sarah, you just became the edge-iest person in the building.
And if you don't have any idea who Pussy Riot is, then go back to 2011 and read-up on your Russian protests about feminism, lgbt rights and Vladimir Putin, damn it.
And let's end it with your standard MODERN DAY SUPER WOMAN. Emma doesn't need to go hog-wild on a costume because she knows that a real super hero is anyone who stands up for what they believe in, and works to fight social injustice. Tip of the hat to you Emma.
But of course, she's styling her Wonder Woman shirt, because, you know, it's awesome.
So what's the moral of this story, or blog? That we at New Morning Foundation take every opportunity to be the best FEMINISTS we can be, and we are NOT afraid to show it.
Sure, we've got those silly people 'in the world who are 'against' feminism because they don't understand what feminism means, but we're here to school you and help you join the movement. And I'd like to leave you with a little definition of what a feminist is, something featured in Queen Bey's latest album:
"Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes."