10/17 Update: Warning–This post is meant to be humorous. Apparently many people have somehow been offended, lol. I pass no judgment on one’s preferred Halloween wear. None at all. Seriously people, chill. 🙂
Also, by “Darwin” I mean “Evolutionary Theory.” “Darwin” just sounded punchier, like we could blame one dude. I don’t know how a few comments thought I meant “Social Darwinism.”
For those who don’t mind my ill-advised/ham-fisted attempts at humor, read on.
Sure, you can use the economic explanation – these costumes exist because they sell. That however does not get at the root of the issue. Nor does the line, “for one day a year I get to dress like the hooker I always wanted to be, but couldn’t.
Think about it. Why do women dress provocatively? Think like a scientist. Don’t think about values, morals, or dress codes. Just think science.
Women dress provocatively to attract potential mates.
In fact, research has shown that women dress more provocatively during ovulation – and they may not even realize it.
So what does that have to do with Halloween? Well, despite the powerful force to reproduce, we must not quite be doing enough. Hence, sexy Halloween costumes, and more potential mates attracted. That’s 12 peek times a year that potential mates could be attracted, plus 1… making it that much more likely one’s genes will be carried on.
Don’t even get me started on the pseudo-feminist jargon about how Halloween is a time for women to be independent and stand up for themselves. The irony. They’re not being independent and powerful. They’re just acting in ways that make it statistically that much more likely they will reproduce.
Heaven forbid a woman’s cycle and Halloween fall in the same time frame. Watch out!