Monday, October 22, 2007

Normal Costumes--- Anyone????

I've recently been made the "activities chairperson" in our ward. This basically means that I'm responsible for planning a bunch of parties and get-togethers for our church. Unfortunately for me, the previous person in charge of this endeavor was amazing, (shout out to you Rachel) so I have a very hard act to follow. ( As a side note, if at any time you attend a terrific activity, whether with your own church or elsewhere, I would love to hear about it. When it comes to this sort of thing I am all about plagiarizing other's great ideas!) ....

...On to the real reason I am writing about this. Most every year I make my family's Halloween costumes. I just like doing it. (In some way, I think it connects me to my own childhood and especially to my Mom. My Mother was, and is, an amazing "costume developer." If it was Halloween, or you had a presentation for a class, or a school assembly to perform in , she was your gal. It's an amazing gift she has. You need to be a mad scientist? An Indian Chief? A bunch of grapes? A disco freak? Odds are my Mother had just the thing you needed hiding in her closets of wonder- and with the help of her magic sewing machine, within minutes you had the most fabulous, often outrageous, ensemble to delight everyone.......so every time I try and make a costume for my own family I think of her and all those great "dress-up" memories she gave me. I want my kids to have those kinds of memories with me- and thus, when it comes time to be a Jedi or whatever- I get out the goods and start to create.)

Now- back to the beginning- since I have found myself in charge of things, like Halloween parties, I have also found myself with far less time and energy to make my families' costumes, so I decided I would just do the normal thing and buy them. In fact, I was really looking forward to how easy this was going to be. I went to the local Costume Superstore and found adorable attire for the kids and even my husband. Now- onto myself. Where could I find a fun costume for me? It should be in the women's section of the costume store. But, I was soon to discover something very disturbing...

....In the year 2007 a woman, and a mother, such as myself cannot buy a costume in the store. Why, you ask? It seems the only costumes sold for an adult women are for "babes,"- or what I would call "women for sale." For example, would you like to be nurse? Sorry- your only option is to be a "naughty nurse." Perhaps you would like to be something cute like "Holly Hobby?" Sorry again- you're only option is to be the ultra, super slutty, Holly Hobby. What is going on here?

I do not have a problem with "bedroom costumes." They certainly have a place in any fun, healthy, and married (had to throw that in there) relationship. But, that is what they are- bedroom costumes! And that is where they should stay. What self-respecting woman, or mother, wants to parade around like a royal slut for the public? It would seem that costume makers are convinced that this is what the American woman wants. "Party City" has all of about 2 women's costumes that consist of more than a bra and loin cloth! I felt like I needed to shield my 5 yr. old's eyes from the display shelves. Was this Party City, or some sort of porn shop!

I am getting pretty fed up with living in a society that has so completely demoralized woman that we can't even show up to our own church Halloween party as a regular vampire! Oh no- a woman of today would never want that- she wants to be a "hungry like a wolf" vampire- if you catch my drift! Ugh!!

So-it's back to the sewing machine for me and if I never find the time to make something I can wear without shame, I will just have to be plain old Amanda.

Atleast I can keep my self-respect.

11 comments:

holly said...

Amen! I get really tired of all that crap too. By the way, I think I am offended at the ultra, super slutty Holly remark. I may be ultra, not certainly not SUPER slutty! ;)

Ben and Laura said...

I completely agree! I got so fed up with trying to find Superhero costumes for Girls Camp. They were all "Sexy Catwoman" "Bedroom Wonder Woman". Alas, I had to resort to a full body black unitard (which was not pretty!)!

Becky said...

I SO SO SO agree with you -- and if you had to go as "plain old, Amanda" - that would be just fine - because we would all know that you were dressed up as a cool, super hip, beautiful MOM and awesome activity planner!

lisapow said...

I will play devil's advocate here. If I looked like that tall blonde in the picture - you better believe I would wear that. Except not to a church halloween party (I am not sure why the church celebrates this odd holiday anyways?) But, an adult party for sure!

Jenni said...

Here Here, although I am surprised that you even found decent stuff for little girls...all I have seen lately are Prosti-tot and How-to-be-a-Ho costumes for the little girls.

Amanda Neilson said...

"Prost-tot?" That is so hysterical! And sooo true!

Denise said...

Amen and amen.

Jenifer Mac said...

Hi Amanda, Leslie turned me onto your blog and I love it. You are so super creative, something I am not so it is facinating for me. Thanks for all the tips... Jenifer McAninch

Denise said...

Oh and btw, Lisa your devil's advocate defense is no good. You DO have that body.

lisapow said...

"don't judge me" :)

Anonymous said...

LOL. I prefer to cover myself entirely and don a pair of wings and little headband antenea. Not creative, but if you can't go as a modest human, then go as a bug. For fun, I dress my girls up as bugs as well. Now I just need to get my husband to agree to be a bug catcher rather than Zorro - my fault for sewing a black satin cape for him to wear.

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