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The worst Halloween costume of 2011…so far


anna rexiaHorrible news: This is a totally real costume being sold online this year. It was also supposedly up for grabs in some stores until a few hours ago, when the the Village Voice, nay the world, got wind of it.

The only thing more depressing than the fact that anyone would dream up the Anna Rexia costume, a skeleton tube dress belted by measuring tape, is the fact that anyone would buy it.

There are other questionable costume and apparel that has been made and is being pushed in various store.  Recently JC Penney’s had to pull.

A few months ago, the Internet was up in arms over a white David & Goliath T-Shirt that read, in pink bubble letters, “I’m too pretty to do math.” Then there was the one with “Future Trophy Wife” written on it.

But many parents think this one is worse.

I'm too Pretty to do mathThe long-sleeve T-shirt that J.C. Penney pulled off its website today amid plenty of parental outrage read: “I’m too pretty to do my homework so my brother has to do it for me.” And, judging by the description of the shirt on the J.C. Penney website—”Who has time for homework when there’s a new Justin Bieber album out? She’ll love this tee that’s just as cute and sassy as she is”—it seems like the company didn’t have a problem with the shirt until customers started to complain.

Thanks to major clothing retailers, parents struggle to teach  girls that beauty isn’t everything, that they don’t have to play dumb in order to be popular, that women can  be both smart and pretty.  But, even though studies show that girls are as good at math as boys, even with beautiful movie stars earning Ivy League degrees in between blockbuster hits, the stereotypes persist—thanks in large part to messages like the one on that “cute and sassy” T-shirt marketed to girls age 7 to 16.

While there is sure to be more terrible Halloween Costumes this year, this is a horrible/great start.

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