I always thought food, beverage, inatimate objects and various humorous costumes were designed for both genders! A girl I used to work with even came as a banana two years ago, when the above article was written! Apparently people think that these are now for men only. But I see no reason for that. All of you women out there who've been bothered by the lack options other than "sexy this-or-that" did you ever consider this: If I went into a store and bough a banana or beer can, would someone tell me I can't wear those because I'm a woman? Would they tell me to get a "sexy___" instead? If I want to do this ever, I will! If a man can humorously put on a dress, then there is no reason a woman can't wear a beer can costume.
At least most people believe the tourist costume is a unisex one. Almost ever site that sells this one has both a man and woman modelling it, with the woman on the left side of the photo:
“Decades after the second wave of the women’s movement, you would expect more of a gender-neutral range of costumes,” said Adie Nelson, the author of “The Pink Dragon Is Female: Halloween Costumes and Gender Markers,” an analysis of 469 children’s costumes and how they reinforce traditional gender messages that was published in The Psychology of Women Quarterly in 2000.
While researching “Pink Dragon,” Dr. Nelson found that even costumes for little girls were gendered. Boys got to be computers while the girls were cupcakes. Today, there are bride costumes for little girls but one is hard pressed to find groom costumes for little boys. Additionally, Dr. Nelson said, the girls’ costumes are designed in ways that create the semblance of a bust where there is none. “Once they’re older women it’s just a continuation of that same gender trend,” she said.
Good point about angels for boys. Angels are almost always personified as females. and girls have plenty of opportunities to be devils, even though many she-devil outfits fall into the racy variety.
And from this blog:
I hope she answered the "where's the monsters" query with "Apparently Target thinks only men can be monsters -- isn't that stupid?" (referencing this article)
Very stupid indeed! And another commenter says:
...I'll add that there's no reason this woman (or the kids' dad) couldn't buy her kids a boy's costume -- a monster, or gorilla, or what-have-you. Or even make her kids a costume.
Yeah, there is no reason she couldn't do any of this!