Naughty Leopard

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Alissa_Sal's picture
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Naughty Leopard

To preface this, let me just say that having a daughter (particularly a teen daughter) is really hard in this area!!! I had no idea! DH and I are hosting a 16 year old exchange student this year, which is clearly a little out of our skill set, being used to raising small boys. Anyway, yesterday our exchange daughter decided that she wanted a Halloween costume, so DH, not even thinking about the potential pitfalls, gamely drove her to a costume shop. Not long after, he started texting me, basically saying that he was in way over his head and that I was going to have to take over. The problem was that every costume was like "Sexy Policewoman" or "Flirty Nurse" and he could not figure out how to get her an appropriate costume and also wasn't willing to stand there and let her try on different costumes while he judged them to figure out if they were too short or too low cut. Completely unprepared to deal with any of that. He wanted her to wear a giant hot dog costume!!!! LMAO Like any 16 year old girl wants to wear a hot dog costume to school!!! LMAO So, he brought her home to me, I took her back out, we had to try on like 7 different costumes, I had nix like 4 of them, and she finally ended up with one that is cute but acceptable. Sheesh, T just wanted to be an army guy!!!

Anyway, in the spirit of that struggle, here is the debate. Biggrin

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Do you think that the word "naughty" in the name of a costume for small girls is inappropriate and sexualizing? Assuming that you otherwise liked the costume, would you let your young daughter go as a "Naughty Leopard?"

KimPossible's picture
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Well the costume doesn't look inappropriate so i probably wouldn't let the words written on it prevent me from buying it if my child really wanted it. I mean, the words aren't ON the costume itself.

But i do think the choice of words is poor. With so many sexualized costumes for Halloween and the typical adult use of the word....its just not a good choice.

ClairesMommy's picture
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The costume is kind of cute, and I have no idea why they'd call it "Naughty Leopard". Stupid. Perfectly good costume but stupid marketing. Yeah, it should get yanked. Maybe the word 'naughty' is used to describe misbehaving children, but in terms of Halloween costumes the word totally sexualizes little girls. I've never seen a boys' costume labeled "Naughty Transformer" or "Naughty Fireman", and not that they should, but most definitely the word reeks of sex when it's used on these girls' costumes.

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I feel the same. I'm not sure if it is extreme enough to pull it from the shelves, but is a poor choice of words for a little girl's costume.

As far as the Halloween costumes they have out there for women, I feel your pain. My 18 year old DSD has an extremely hard time finding an appropriate costume without a super short mini skirt and fish net stockings. It seems like they would sell more costumes if they marketed to a bigger audience because then maybe more women over the age of 20 would dress up.

KimPossible's picture
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Well the costume doesn't look inappropriate so i probably wouldn't let the words written on it prevent me from buying it if my child really wanted it. I mean, the words aren't ON the costume itself.

But i do think the choice of words is poor. With so many sexualized costumes for Halloween and the typical adult use of the word....its just not a good choice.

AlyssaEimers's picture
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I would not let the name bother me if it was not on the costume itself and I otherwise liked the costume.

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The costume is fine. For me, the name would throw me off from buying it though unless I was stuck for a costume. Ick factor for me.

Alissa_Sal's picture
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I don't know if it needs to be pulled, but I agree that the name alone is icky enough for me (given the history of sexualizing "naughty" costumes on Halloween that I wouldn't buy it for my daughter unless there just weren't any other costumes that we liked. Like, if it's between "Pretty Ladybug" or "Adventurous Panda" or "Funny Teddy Bear" or "Naughty Leopard" I'm NOT buying Naughty Leopard.

ClairesMommy's picture
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"Alissa_Sal" wrote:

I don't know if it needs to be pulled, but I agree that the name alone is icky enough for me (given the history of sexualizing "naughty" costumes on Halloween that I wouldn't buy it for my daughter unless there just weren't any other costumes that we liked. Like, if it's between "Pretty Ladybug" or "Adventurous Panda" or "Funny Teddy Bear" or "Naughty Leopard" I'm NOT buying Naughty Leopard.

Yeah, we bought "Pretty Ladybug" this year for Claire. The costume is adorable, at least on the package. When we got home and she put on the entire thing it was like theme night at the strip club. We'll see how it looks with 4 layers and a turtleneck on underneath, or it's Cinderella again.

mom3girls's picture
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It is so hard to buy costumes for teen girls that are not totally sexualized. My 13 year old made her own costume so that it was appropriate. I also noticed that the costumes had tighter tops and shorter skirts for my 11 year old (she wears between a size 8 and 10 so not even teen sizes)
I hate it, and I wish more parents would demand more childlike costumes

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I hate hate hate the choices for young girls. As others have shared, at ages 8+ the micro skirts and low cleavage (before they even HAVE any!) begins. Yeah - just what I want to send my daughters up to the house of strangers saying "TRICK or TREAT!" in! Argh.

We primarily make our own now but it is frustrating to say the least!

In public high schools do they allow the kids (esp the girls) to wear some of these costumes? I'm really not trying to be prudish but the majority of the teen costumes look as if they should be ordered from a XXX-rated lingerie catalog.

ftmom's picture
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All you ladies with teen girls. It is too late for this year, but this is an awesome website of classy womans costumes that you can `create` yourself. There are goddesses, glamor girls, queens, etc. She shows picks of the ladies and then sources the costume pieces (mostly from amazon I think). She doesnt sell anything directly, but gives a ton of ideas broken down for woman who dont want to look so s....exy when dressed up.

Take Back Halloween!

AlyssaEimers's picture
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On a related aside, we had a harvest party to go to tonight that had a costume contest for the children. As I was getting Caitlyn ready I found her costume was too small. I had less than an hour to come up with something. She went as a Christmas Present. A box with holes for the arms and head with an open bottom decorated in Christmas wrapping paper (she also had leggings and a turtle neck on) and a red bow on her head. It ended up being very cute even though it was not planned.

MissyJ's picture
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Kyla - thank you for the website link. I've bookmarked it!

Bonita: The girls look adorable! Love the best present ever!

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"MissyJ" wrote:

Bonita: The girls look adorable! Love the best present ever!

Thank you.

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I'm totally late to this one. :oops: I'd honestly rather buy something called, "Naughty Leopard," that actually looks decent than something called, "Pretty Ladybug" that's super low-cut with a short mini skirt. I don't like the labeling of "naughty" for the reasons Alissa gave, but on Halloween night no one's going to be reading the label, kwim? I have a similar complaint about things labeled "princess" instead of what they really are; a couple of years ago Tiven's costume was called, "Spanish Princess," when it was really a flamenco dancer, and I saw a geisha costume labeled as "Asian Princess," and a freaking pumpkin with a skirt attached was labeled a "Pumpkin Princess." :rolleyes:

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It wouldn't put me off buying the costume. In my DDs eyes, naughty means not doing as you're told so that's fine by me!

xx

Edited to say, your story about your DH made me LOL!