Halloween is more than sexy

Carlton Skinner, Staff Writer
November 7, 2014

Halloween has come and gone, but before the ghosts and goblins are too far from your mind, let’s discuss something particularly ghoulish: America’s fascination with “sexy” costumes.

Sexy Halloween costumes by themselves are not inherently problematic. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to get dressed up, show off and have some adult fun.

“Halloween offers women (the) potential to take proud, public ownership of the sexualization narrative, ‘I know I’m going to be sexualized, and so I’m going to play along,’” said Jill Peterfeso, assistant professor of religious studies, in an email interview.

However, in many cases, sexy Halloween costumes are the only choice available for women in stores. They become problematic when women are essentially forced into them by a consumer market with little else to offer.

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Internationally renowned speaker lectures on campus

Allison Stalberg, Staff Writer
November 7, 2014

“Raise your hands if you’ve heard Islamic feminists are an oxymoron.”

These were the opening words of internationally renowned Islamic feminist Amina Wadud’s lecture.

On Oct. 28, at 5 p.m., in Hege Library’s Carnegie Room, both students and professors raised their hands. The room was so full many sat on the floor. They had all come to hear Wadud speak.

Chair and Associate Professor of English Diya Abdo, who teaches the Interdisciplinary Studies course Arab and Islamic Feminisms, invited Wadud to speak at Guilford. When Wadud responded, Abdo was overjoyed.

“It made me so happy, and it felt surreal that I would actually meet her in the flesh,” said Abdo. “She immediately flashed me the biggest smile and gave me a huge bear hug.”

Born as Mary Teasley in an African-American family in Bethesda, Md., Wadud is not Arab as most Muslims are stereotyped to be. Her father, whom she looks back on with great admiration, was a Methodist minister.

Wadud converted to Islam while in college and dedicated much of her life to a pro-faith perspective on feminism, writing books such as the “Qur’an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman’s Perspective” and “Inside the Gender Jihad: Women’s Reform in Islam.”

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