I’ve been seeing a lot of posts lately about what women can dress up as this Halloween while also taking a feminist stand. These are all great, and they combat those over-sexualized costumes that have become mainstream. But, I had the question, why are all these costumes for women? Men can be feminists too, of course. So, if you’re a man and you want to support your sisters’ fight for equality this Halloween, here are some costume ideas for you.
- A stay-at-home dad.
Wear dad-like clothing (polo shirts, khakis, penny-loafers). Find some dolls, and better yet, a toy stroller. Make sure to pay lots of attention to your pretend children throughout the night. Don’t be a dismissive, emotionally distant father. When someone tries to carry on a conversation with you, look much more enthralled with your child. Conjure up as much love you possibly can in your eyes as you look upon your child’s smiling face. From time to time, dismiss yourself to change your child’s diaper, but do it gladly. And apologize for the wife not being able to make it to the party, because she had to work late.
- Human embodiment of sexual consent.
For this you need a shirt with a pocket. Place a wrapped condom in that pocket so it is sticking out a little bit. Then put a sign on that shirt that says, “Would you like to have sex with me?” People may be taken aback by your directness and may even take offense, to which you explain that a direct and to-the-point approach in asking for sex is far less creepy than playing mind-games to try to get a woman into the sack. For anyone who still finds your costume off-putting, tell that person that he or she is promoting our patriarchal society. This is a way to support the women’s movement and maybe even have sex that night.
- A vagina
- A not-so-macho man.
You can do this one in a variety of ways. You can wear a soft sweater, carry a puppy, wear anything with floral print or actual flowers. Pretty much wear anything that goes against the typical dominant male stereotype and call yourself a “not-so-macho man.”
- Victoria Woodhull and Frederick Douglass
This would be good for a couple’s costume. Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for president and her running mate was Frederick Douglass. She did it, not in the hopes of getting elected, but to spark a movement, which she did. This was before women could even vote and without her, we may not have gotten that right so soon (relatively).
There you have it. Five options for male feminist Halloween costumes. If anyone is daring enough to try these costumes, tweet pictures @oshitbritt.
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