The Anti-Defamation League has posted online instructions for parents on how to make certain Halloween costumes for their children are not “overly gendered.”
“‘Girl costumes’ predominantly focus on dresses and being pretty, such as princesses or fairies. Even superhero costumes ‘for girls’ include skirts, instead of the more practical pants for crime-fighting,” is one of the warnings included in the list of no-nos.
A commentary at the Gateway Pundit explained, “The Anti-Defamation league was founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry. The organization was historically a leading voice against anti-Semitism in America.
It called the costume guide by the ADL “ridiculous.”
“The guide also railed against the typical ‘offensive’ costumes that use ‘cultural appropriation’ or ‘cultural stereotypes,'” the report said.
On social media, the ADF warned, “Halloween is a week away and you and your family might be brainstorm costume ideas. Check out our resource for reminders about how and why to avoid cultural appropriation, cultural stereotypes, and costumes that perpetuate gender norms.”
Halloween is a week away and you and your family might be brainstorming costume ideas. Check out our resource for reminders about how and why to avoid cultural appropriation, cultural stereotypes, and costumes that perpetuate gender norms. https://t.co/BWW8FFTpkG
— ADL (@ADL) October 24, 2021
The ADL teaches, “Many children and families don’t realize that their costume choices are potentially hurtful or offensive. For example, a child who may be interested in Native American stories and history wants to dress up as a Native American person. Consider it an opportunity to talk with them about how Native American dress is not a costume. Instead, it is an essential part of identity, unique to each different tribe with their own customs and ways of dress.”
It warns “blackface” is “offensive,” and dressing like a “Mexican” generalizes a group of people. Also, no “hobos” or “rednecks,” as those costumes depict “people from low-income households…”
And, the instructions say, to make certain that little boys and girls know their choice of costume may be hurtful.
“Many children are attracted to traditional gendered costumes, think girls who love princesses or boys who are obsessed with action heroes. When that is the case, it is best not to reinforce that these are the only appropriate options available. Engage in conversations with young people about gender stereotypes and discusses messages that companies send through marketing and advertising.”
Teachers are told the “learn” about their students’ religious beliefs “before introducing Halloween topics.”
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