The 17 Most Feminist Halloween Costumes For 2016

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Hang up your black cat costume, because Halloween’s about more than your shortest, smallest outfit. It’s a time to be someone you’ve always wanted to be.

In the regular world, Halloween is when children dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In girl world, Halloween is the one night a year girls can dress like a total slut, and no other girls can say anything about it.”

We all remember that iconic scene in Mean Girls, where Cady Heron tries to explain and understand Halloween. She shows up to the party as an “ex-wife,” wearing a bulky, uncomfortable wedding dress and smothered in blood. Her friends, on the other hand, are dressed in lingerie and sporting some sort of animal ears, so they can actually call it a costume.

When did this become Halloween? Why is it expected that I wear my shortest shorts and my lowest top? Tired of being a sexy black cat? Exhausted of seeing nurse costumes that look farther from nurses than anything? Sick of being told to be a housewife by all your friends?

Well, I’m channeling Cady Heron for Halloween, and if you want to join me, here’s a list of badass ladies who will bring the entertaining back to Halloween. Swap out the sexy for the fierce, and pick a costume that’ll show your inner feminist.