The other week I went to a party with the costume theme: “when I grow up..” It seemed pretty straight forward. However upon conversing with a fellow supermarket employee ( a male) about what I should dress up as I was a bit shocked. These gender generalisations were confirmed later by google images when googling costume ideas.
Shannon: Hey Pat, what should I dress up as to this party I’m going to? The theme is when I grow up..
Patrick: A sexy nurse
Shannon: Umm.. Or, I could go as a secretary or business-woman.
Patrick: A hot, short-skirted secretary
Shannon: A policewoman?
Patrick: A stripper policewoman
Shannon: A spy or FBI agent?
Patrick: Lara Croft tomb raider oh yeah!
Shannon: A footballer?
Patrick: Nah, that’s too manly.
Shannon: Right.. Well how about I go as a prostitute then?
Patrick: That could work.
In case you’re wondering I ended up dressing up as a flight attendant (no mile-high jokes please). But yes there was all of the above occupations in their sexualised form at the party. There was even a few girls who wore shirts proudly with the word “Hooters” on them. Is this a sign of sexual liberation of young women, or just women buying into the social belief that they are just sex icons and doing what seems to be expected of them?