Gaby and Nickey: txt msg rvw- Happy Heteroween

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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.heteroween

*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.

Nickey: Agreed!

Gaby: Also i feel like the critique of slutoween is just more of people yelling at girls over the internet.


The "pocahottie" costume. Halloween- a time of year when it's ok to be a racist jerk!

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. Ha.

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.


5 Responses to “Gaby and Nickey: txt msg rvw- Happy Heteroween”

  1. 1 April
    November 6, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    I’m on the fence about sexy costumes as well, and somewhat see it the way Dan does–so many straight people feel it’s their one day they can dress in just enough to be legal in public, and get away with it without harm to their reputation.

    And at the same time that I hate racist sexy costumes, and roll my eyes at cheesy “sexy witch!” costumes; I saw Barbarella the other day and at one point thought: “Oh hey, that would be an *awesome* Halloween costume next year! I could buy half of it at American Apparel and make the rest for cheap!”

    I generally go for non-sexy costumes, but I also dress fairly sexy when I feel like it the rest of the year. Plus I’m super-lazy, so usually 90% of my costumes are done with clothes I already own.

    My half-assed conclusion: I don’t think women should feel obligated to dress sexy on Halloween, and a lot of the costumes are eye-rolling, but I support women feeling sexy and dressing sexy whenever they want, and that includes Halloween.

  2. 2 crystal
    November 6, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    it’s no different than any other day of the year, just a tad more colorful. sexism vs feminism vs dominant society vs my ability to choose my wardrobe and behave (sexually) in whatever manor i see fit whilst trying not to over analyze how these decisions are influenced by sexism vs feminism vs dominant society……yup, just like any other day.

    i do typically dress quite whorish for halloween, for my own jollies despite the knowledge that it would appear to be a thoughtless act of surrender to objectification.

    also, it’s nice to know that there are others who enjoy dan’s column so much that they are stricken with disappointment on that 1 in a 1000 columns on which they just can’t agree with his point of view.

  3. 3 Simone
    November 6, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    “heteroween just wants you to give it a blow job before passing out.” PURE GOLD!

  4. November 7, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    i’m really enjoying this new gaycondo feature! sharp and timely!

    anyway, blahblahbblah i am so sick of everything being labeled as “female sexuality” or “female power.” it is the easiest way to write off objectification. not that i don’t enjoy dressing like a ho, but there are complex social reasons involved!

  5. November 8, 2009 at 11:31 am

    When we live within a phallocentric, and subversively misogynistic culture, it’s hard to parse out the motivation behind the costuming. Are they putting on a costume because they want to have a good time and feel sexy (get laid), or because they are participating withing a pejorative hierarchy that values women only insofar as their sexual organs are easy conquer?

    The difference seems to arise out of the gap in perspectives. Any given individual may just want to have a good time, but objectively the way in which they tacitly value a “good” time is necessarily colored by the sexist discourse of their culture.

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