Halloween is coming soon, and kids are deciding what they want to be when they go trick-or-treating. Some boys and girls dream of being police officers, and retailer Party Time, with 850 stores nationwide, has both costumes in stock. Here they are.
Party Time describes the boy cop as a "protector of the peace who has it all under control." They describe the girl cop as "sassy and sweet." Her uniform features handcuffs, fingerless gloves, a short skirt, black stockings and boots with high heels. At least one Mom, attorney Lin Kramer of Savannah, GA, protested on Party City's website, "I am absolutely appalled that your business reinterprets girls' innocent and well-intentioned dreams into this costume." Her complaint went viral, and the company replied, "we appreciate the insight and will consider your feedback for the future,"but then removed their comment. Later, she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "The underlying message, intentional or not, supports the antiquated gender stereotype that girls are to be seen and not heard, as well as the inappropriate suggestion that girls are to be valued only for physical and sexual appearance." Hope your Halloween is free of gender stereotypes!