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Forget about razor blades in your kids’ apples or needles in their candies, because there’s a new bogeywoman in town this Halloween and her name is Sexy Devil. Perhaps you’ve met her in past years under one of her many aliases – Sexy Police Officer, Sexy Superhero, Sexy Cowgirl or Sexy Witch. She’s the costumed lady who works it no matter what her fantasy profession, and she’s in danger in of being judged right out of town, by conservatives and feminists alike.

But are sexualized Halloween costumes really that bad? (Note, we’re talking women’s costumes here. Because yes, it is deplorable when little girls’ costumes get painted with stripper stripes).

Halloween has always been an intense spectacle, a celebration of fears and fantasies both. So while it’s fair to say that yes, dressing as a sexy slice of pizza (an actual costume) demonstrates that the objectification of women marches on, it’s also fair to say that Halloween is about living out fantasies, no matter what their origin.

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Good girls get to be bad, bad girls get to be Wonderwoman and we all get candy. We dress up to embody what frightens, excites and interests us; we dress up to show our pop culture prowess or propensity for puns; we dress up for laughs and looks, but most importantly we dress up for fun.

So if a grownass woman wants to strut her stuff one night (or any night) of the year, we say game on, sister!