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With Halloween this week, I thought I would send out some more resources regarding Halloween costumes: 
  1. For those of you that were not here last year, I have re-attached the list of resources sent out (HalloweeenResources.doc) and the resource from the Aboriginal Ed Committee (CultureIsNotACostume.pdf). What follows are some new resources not shared last year:
  2. I am Not A Costume Campaign:
  3. Student, Vy Nguyen, sent this piece from Teen Vogue about cultural appropriation:
    In the first video feature of the "Don't Do It Girl" series, 6 women address cultural appropriation at Halloween and explain why their culture is not a costume.

  4. In light of the recent Megan Kelly incident, The Conversation did an excellent piece outlining the history of blackface and minstrels. Often people's intent is not to be harmful; however, they lack the larger cultural and historical understandings. The goal is to educate, not to shame: 
Once again, another racist incident about blackface has made headlines. This time it surrounds NBC host Megyn Kelly, who apologized both on air and in a memo to colleagues after her on-air ...

5.   If you are teaching The Handmaid's Tale, the controversy around Yandy's "Sexy Handmaid" costume would make for rich discussion of irony, or potential satire (if you are feeling generous)?  Or, you could just have a larger discussion about why so many women's costumes are made 'sexy', and the way that Halloween amplifies gender divisions. The Representation Project has some great pieces on this. For example: or more generally:

A few of our interns look for Halloween costumes at a local pharmacy. I started to think about the impact of young girls being encouraged to dress up as sexy kittens while young boys are pushed towards hyper-masculinity and aggression.



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