Because there is nothing funnier than a person, disadvantaged by the perfect storm of race, class, gender, and body-size being forced to give lap dances to feed herself (source):
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To their credit, they have a section of "plus size" costumes that look, to my surprise, like actual costumes, but made for plus-sized people (as opposed to, I don't know, "look, you could be a tomato! Or a basketball!"). The "Fairy Tail [sic] Princess", for instance, is just a straightforward Snow White costume. And much I might hate the oversexualizing of Halloween costumes, at least there are some "sexy" costumes for plus-sized people.
I don't know if that actually makes up in any way for the "FATTIES" category of costumes, and it sure as hell doesn't make up for the lap dancer in particular.
First off, I am not defending this costume. It's horrible and anyone who would wear it has a problem.
But is it a fair generalization to call men (and women) who go to strip clubs perverts?
I also like that the costume is so much darker in color than the skin of the woman wearing it. At least they didn't put it on a white woman!
anyone who can't see that this costume is a racist, sexist mockery of black women (whether skinny or overweight) is a fucking idiot.
"But is it a fair generalization to call men (and women) who go to strip clubs perverts?"
Great! I can get my misogynistic & racist holiday shopping done at the same place! A real time saver.
Wow, nice way to unfairly characterize sex workers, there.
Are there really fat lap dancers? That seems surprising, given that fat people are not supposed to be sexy. Or is the idea that it's so ridiculous that it's funny?
Neither here nor there. The fat lap dancer is oppressed by gender, race, class, and fat. Four oppressions, not three. Also, I'm pretty sure that is a man wearing it.
I'm not sure I agree with your implied assumption that lap dancers are always forced...
That said, the costume is disgusting and that appears to be a man wearing it.
what the hell is wrong with you people? this costume is hilarious
Hey Nick, since this blog is for analyzing images, care to explain WHY it's funny?
because its a guy dressed up in a fat stripper costume. its funny because its absurd. i seriously doubt its meant to degrade poor black women. its not meant to be taken as a serious comment on society its a cheap costume.
I went and looked around the site, and not only is there not a lightskinned version of that costume, the model appears to be the only black person on the site, and the only picture of that model.
It makes me wonder if they had it on a white man and someone thouht, okay, that's even too racist for us, better change that.
I don't see any reference to perverts.
At some point I stated that I like the sight of naked men adn someone called me a pervert, when I argued about this, we looked it up and low and behold, it was accurate. I realized then that the problem is the assumption of negativity associated with perversion. I am now a pervert and proud of it.
This is the only time I've ever seen a costume (or dress, for that matter) with flesh-colored panels that are anything other than pink or light tan, AND OF COURSE IT'S TO MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THEY'RE MOCKING DARK-SKINNED BLACK WOMEN. Aughh.
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I gotta say that body size is in no way secondary here. Just like race, class, and gender, it's integral. After all, the joke IS the fatness...and the man-dressed-as-woman thing. That's not saying that without the fatness the costume isn't still offensive, but "man dressed as disgusting fat woman who thinks she's sexy (who is typically marginalized by class, race, or ethnicity)" is a prevalent theme in Halloween costumes. I do an class exercise on intersectionality and fat Halloween costumes. Perhaps I'll send it along.
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