and Amy Frock, both of Livermore, don the costumes they will
wear to a Halloween party. Kernan is a sexy firefighter and
Frock is a sports referee with a Playboy logo. Halloween Web
sites and stores offer an array of racy costumes for women.
(Jay Solmonson - Staff)
Women visiting http://www.buycostumes.com/
can find a variety of racy guises to try on for Halloween.
There's the Seductive Evil Queen, who's holding a tempting,
glowing red apple, her ample bosoms pushed up high, a fishnet
clad leg jutting out from the slit in her dress.
They could also become the Show Me Your Can Can girl, the
Lusty Lieutenant, the Open 2 Anything Adult or the Mile-High
Stewardess, where turbulence is good.
Of course, the more traditional witch is also available,
but Halloween Web sites and stores are offering a huge array
of ways to bring out the inner sex kitten.
So when a women trades in the innocent Dorothy from "The
Wizard of Oz" for the Sexy Dorothy, who wears a short blue
gingham dress with white, thigh-high stockings, is she
slapping feminism in the face or just having some fun?
Lauren Tarne, marketing director for Halloweenmart.com, the
company that sells both versions of Dorothy, said women are
just enjoying themselves.
"They want to not be themselves for a day," she said.
To spice things up, Halloweenmart.com just added costumes
licensed by Playboy this year. (Hugh Hefner is very popular
Two young women from Livermore second Tarne's opinion and
are looking forward to dressing up for a Halloween party.
Kari Kernan, 28, will don a sexy firefighter outfit — a
black leather, one-piece, long-sleeve, short dress that shows
off some cleavage.
Kernan said, "so you can get away with anything."
Kernan's friend, Amy Frock, 31, said a woman dressing sexy
is "appropriate for any adult-themed (Halloween) party. I'm
not going trick or treating in it," she joked.
Her black and white, short-sleeved shirt for a sports
referee costume is a laced up on the sides and bears the
Playboy logo — she bought the outfit from the Playboy
Frock, a mother and nurse who said she'll enjoy not wearing
scrubs for the day, said, "I think it's empowering to get in
touch with your feminine side."
**Debbie Mandel Qoute**And that's exactly how women should view Halloween, said
Long Island-based author and radio host Debbie Mandel.
"I really believe we need to honor our different
identities," Mandel said.
Mandel, the author of "Turn on Your Inner Light: Fitness
for Body, Mind and Soul," a book about stress management and
self-confidence, said women can sometimes suppress their
"We can become too sexually starved," she said, even when
"there's a hunger inside to be yourself."
However, Debra Condren, a psychologist and author of
"amBITCHous: A Woman's Guide to Reclaiming Ambition as a
Virtue," strongly disagrees.
"I think it's a bad idea. Halloween or not, it's how you
are presenting yourself," she said.
Condren said exotic Halloween costumes are an unconscious
backlash against feminism and harms a woman's self image.
"There's nothing wrong with looking attractive, but you
don't need to cross the line so you look like a pole dancer,"
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