Jessie: This year Halloween was the one night I didn't have class or homework and had a night off; I didn't have to feel like a frumpy mess, and I could dress up and put on a wig and have fun. I didn't have any time to plan a costume, so a friend and I went to a wig store and put on some colorful makeup; I dressed in an all black outfit: literally black pants, a black jacket, and black combat boots. But this new form of slut shaming still finds a way to make women feel objectified even without their dressing provocatively. Now if you are a woman and you dress in a non-scary outfit on Halloween, you are subject to just as much ridicule as if you were wearing a bikini to church. The implications of this become ridiculous when put in the context of a society that practically mandates women to care about what they look like the other 364 days out of the year.
Jessie: This was the comment I woke up to the day after Halloween. “Drunkrockerguy” is not a friend of mine on IG or anywhere else. He sought out my picture and left this comment for me- a stranger- for the sole fact of making me feel shitty, explicitly for how I look. If this was an isolated incident I could chalk it up to him being some dumb chump, but unfortunately these dumb chumps are everywhere- in fact, they’re running our country. You may not look at this and think “wow, agent of the patriarchy”, but that’s exactly what this is.