Mommy, why do the girl superhero costumes have skirts? #I've got a parenting question!#big kids#gender#videos August 27 2012 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Offbeat Home & Life runs these advice questions as an opportunity for our readers to share personal experiences and anecdotes. Readers are responsible for doing their own research before following any advice given here... or anywhere else on the web, for that matter. Photo by JD Hancock, used under Creative Commons license. Avital, author of the blog The Mamafesto (among many other things!), had a conversation about gender and Halloween with her five-year-old son yesterday — without even meaning to. They had just arrived back home after a family trip and had a stack of Halloween costume catalogs waiting for them. Her son started flipping through the pages and then made a surprising discovery that he had a lot of questions about: And SERIOUSLY. A skirt would most definitely get in the way of all the crime fighting and ass kicking, wouldn't you say? You can read more from Avital at The Mamafesto. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS Family planning is personal: I'm learning to stop asking questions about what other people are doing NEXT What do you do with YOUR fruit stickers? Show/Hide comments [ 18 ] Kuddos to that smart little guy for seeing and understanding something that some adults seem to miss. As a fangirl it made getting costumes difficult, my mom would just make me the real version I wanted anyway cause skirts on a kid at the end of October in Oregon would make for one very cold and possibly wet child. And she knew I was a tomboy anyway who wouldn't be caught dead in a skirt. But seriously, way to go little man, you made me smile. Reply I don't remember cat woman or wonder woman ever wearing skirts. That would definitely hinder their fighting abilities. Reply Unless the skirt has some sort of advantage, like it will start twirling around and deflect bullets! Reply Actually, this is the original Catwoman costume, and I kind of totally want one. But, yeah, it looks much more practical for convention cosplay than for actual crimefighting. lol http://www.comicshistoryguy.com/catwoman_1940s.jpg Reply Actually, Wonder Woman originally wore a skirt for the longest time. Here's issue one: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/da/SensationComics.jpg Reply Cute video, but at the end, he concludes that the costumes are presented that way because it would make girls want to buy them. It would have been cool if his mom had mentioned that not all girls want to wear skirts. Reply Yeah, I think she was trying to emphasize that at 5 he realizes girls are being marketed to like this. Like, the costume catalog people know if they put skirts on girls then girls will want to buy them, because society tells girls they should wear skirts. I imagine the conversation went on longer but the way it ended is very intentional. Reply What a smart little man. I love it when he says "One the OTHER hand." Reply I don't think a skirt would get in the way at all — several super heroes wear skirts or dresses and still save the day. It has more to do with what one is more comfortable in than only one set of clothes being good for the job. Very few super heroes are dressed for the job – it's far more about image and identity than what's best to save the day – personally I think the skin tight clothes often used would hindered far more in my eyes in my eyes than any skirt. I find it sad that the mentality that someone can't do XYZ in a skirt — they rarely say it about men in kilts or historical men before trousers were really used (they haven't been around that long, quite a lot of history happened without them and people had a more active lifestyle just fine). Reply Hit the nail on the head! Reply Probably top of the list for impractical clothing clearly chosen for the look – capes! Especially the huge billowing ones worn by the likes of Batman and Superman. Might look awesome when you're swooshing around the city (and Batman sometimes has it rigged to turn into a glider) but when you're trying to walk or turn or sit or…pretty much anything they get tangled and caught on everything! Which is odd considering in at least some versions Superman's costume is made by his mother. I don't care how invincible you probably are, you can guarantee your mum will insist on something safe and practical, with pockets and a warm lining for visiting the Fortress of Solitude. Reply I think skirts are somewhat used to enhance a woman's curves – even a super powered, crime fighting woman… and its much easier to distract a bad guy with a skirt before you punch him in the face… hey, if a guy is going to stare, then why not use our sexuality/hotness for some good… 🙂 Reply so, first, that is quite cool – and the way things are marketed to girls drives me *up the wall*. but…as a femme, i have to say that there's not much you can't do in a skirt (and a flowy skirt provides a *lot* more freedom of movement than most jeans). also, i can provide photo evidence that you can wear a toolbelt over a skirt very functionally. lastly, as someone who is at least a bit modest, i would much rather fight villains in a skirt than in spandex =) but as a fangirl, i think the costume should reflect the comic accurately, which these don't. Reply Slight devil's advocate moment here: while obviously the skirts are not authentic to the superheroes outfits, the authentic superhero outfits are all designed to be revealing in OTHER ways. I mean, Wonder Woman was in a leotard — in some ways, the skirt is LESS sexualized. (Although definitely more gendered.) So while I'm totally onboard with the critique of these costumes, it's not like the "authentic" superhero costumes are chaste potato sacks. Reply Same goes for the men. I'm always a bit confused when people complain about the female costumes being revealing while the men are apparently find just because it goes down to (at least) the wrists and ankles. The fact that they may as well be wearing body paint because it conceals absolutely nothing apparently doesn't come into it. Reply I imagine flying in a skirt is not very polite. Reply Actually, the thing that bothered me the most was the caption above Batgirl that said, "I'll be the cutest girl in Gotham!" WTF?! Am I the only one who thinks that's a little messed up? These superwomen are supposed to be empowering, not "LOOKIT HOW PRETTY I AM!" I'm pretty sure Batgirl or Supergirl didn't prance around saying "I'm the cutest girl in Gotham/Metropolis/wherever!" That said, I think the costumes should be authentic…what's the point of them otherwise? If you really want a dang skirt, then go buy one. Reply Best said by a 5 year old boy! LOVE IT! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.