So we hope you enjoyed our last txt msg rvw of Whip It! In theory, we would keep doing it for all the movies we see… But we don’t actually go out to that many movies. Instead we present you with a txt msg rvw of a recent Dan Savage article from the Stranger (Seattle’s alt-weekly), Happy Heteroween. Basically, Dan postulates that halloween has become the straight equivalent of gay pride, a night where straights folks can get wasted and flaunt their sexuality as much as they like and hopefully get laid! Oh, and everyone that bemoans sexy halloween costumes is kind of a party pooper that hates sex.
*Special note: we both really love Dan Savage! We also love discourse and feminism, hence this critical review.
Nickey: So, dude, tell me your thoughts on Heteroween! Legitimate expression of sexuality, or just another way to oppress the ladyfolk?
Gaby: It’s like the spice girls- could be a platform for liberation, but ends up being a gross capitalist baby t party.
Gaby: Like I rarely feel like girls are actually expressing themselves. I always want dan savage to be right and I get so sad when he is wrong.
Nickey: I agree. How is a white girl in a Poke A Hottie costume doing anything good for the world?
Nickey: Like, I guess it’s good if you feel sexually liberated by wearing a stripper outfit one night a year, but a really unfortunate number of costumes are really regressive and offensive. Am I being oversensitive when I say a sexy lawyer woman’s costume just seems to diminish women in the workforce?
Gaby: Aw man I was hoping we would disagree and have a battle of the minds! Everyone knows that is blog ratings gold!
Nickey: Ok well… I mean, I’m all for being sexy! I love mini skirts!
Gaby: I think it’s good if you actually can somehow put it [sexy halloween sexual liberation] to use in your real life, like now you are sexually liberated all the time… hmmm sounds like we should have interviewed more people before this txt conversation.
Nickey: Ha ha.
Gaby: I just want to believe but don’t believe that one night is enough to change someone from object to subject.
Nickey: This what I want out of heteroween: more straight boys in short shorts!
Gaby: Slutty prince eric from the little mermaid? I could get behind that.
Gaby: Also i feel like the critique of slutoween is just more of people yelling at girls over the internet.
Nickey: Dan Savage seems to have this overly rosey view of what it means to be involved with straight culture. Like somehow halloween when straight folks get to objectify each other, but it’s still mostly men objectifying women. Hence why I want more boys in short shorts.
Gaby: Well it’s still only about acting out fantasies of the dominant culture. Oh dan!
Gaby: This convo could be more nuanced if i was not eating tostitos with my left hand.
Nickey: So is there any way to be pro AND anti slutoween? Can I hate the concept but still be fine with girls trying to be sexy and get laid?
Gaby: I think so. Like when you jerk it to porn that is made for like a sensitive frat boy.
Nickey: You’d think dan, of all people, would recognize when something doesn’t leave room lots of kinds od sexuality. Halloween is not GGG*!
Nickey: Heteroween just wants you to give it a blowjob before passing out!
Gaby: ha ha yes.
*GGG= Good, Giving, and Game. It’s an acronym Dan made up to represent what an ideal sexual partner should be.