HOLLAween: No Shame, No Blame

It’s Halloween! From spooky to sexy, there are so many ways for all ghouls to celebrate, and there’s something in this holiday for everyone. However, for a lot of us, Halloween means harassment—on the streets, at parties, just walking outside in costume. We’re expected to look sexy, even if that’s not our thing, and we see a lot of costumes that steal from other cultures and races for the sake of creativity.

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We think there should be an alternative. This year, we’re launching #HOLLAween— where you can dress up and feel free to be who- or whatever you’ve chosen this year. #HOLLAween is now a HOLLAday free from victim blaming, slut shaming, and cultural appropriation. That means that if you want to be a “sexy nurse,” by all means, strut your stuff! If “scary nurse” is more your thing, don’t be pressured to squeeze into something skintight. If you’re thinking that a “sexy geisha” or “scary genie” might be up your alley, you may want to reconsider.

We need you to help us spread the word that that #HOLLAween in Baltimore is not about having to dress sexy or characterizing a culture. We can do better! YOUR MISSION: share, email, post, or tweet us your awesome costumes this year. Whether they are fun, scary, sexy, spooky, feminist, historical, fantastical, creepy, political – whatever! Just make sure you feel comfortable and empowered in it (and not at the expense of anyone else).  Of course, if you are street harassed while in costume, we want to hear about that, too!

If you’re unfamiliar with cultural appropriation and why it’s uncool, that’s okay—but this season is the time to learn! Here are some links about what it is and why it’s particularly problematic at Halloween-time:

Dressing up can be fun, safe AND empowering—bring on #HOLLAween!

This was originally posted on the Hollaback! Boston site. They’re hosting an awesome event to throw down for HOLLAween, so if you know anyone over their way, tell them to RSVP to the party!

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