Summer is officially over, and you know what that means: People are gearing up for Halloween. Jezebel commenter TrulyOutrageous was shopping online for her daughter’s costume when she came across this adorable lion costume at Party City.
Cute, cuddly, lifelike, wholesome, and for boys. Here is the girl’s version:
That sexed-up little number doesn’t look anything like a lion. “This little lion has the cutest roar!” reads the description. The boy’s description says, “This little lion makes a really loud roar in this look.” Girls are coy while boys are ferocious. The girl version is less than half the price of the boy version, probably because it’s made of half as much material.
There is no reason there should be two radically different versions of a toddler animal costume. The lion is far from the only example (look at the leopard!). Of course, one can buy the “boy” costume for a girl — which is what I would do for my hypothetical daughter — but it’s upsetting that there is a demand for separate girlie (i.e. sexy & skimpy) animal costumes at all. Guess they have to be prepared for the day they’ll wear this: