Two sizes too small: body image and the fashion world

As the chill of October comes to a close and the suburban streets light up from the orange glow of jack-o-lanterns, it can only mean one thing: Halloween is here. With this yearly holiday comes the tradition of dressing up. From Wonder Woman to the Walking Dead, the choices are unlimited—unless your waistline exceeds 32 inches. According to Statistics Canada, the average waist circumference of a Canadian woman between the ages of 18 and 79 is approximately 34 inches. For males, the number is higher, sitting at around 37 inches. When comparing these numbers with sizing charts on numerous costume websites, the largest sizes available without switching into the plus-size section are only suitable for women with waists of 32 to 34 […]

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Editorial: Think twice about offensive costumes

Recently, the McGill University student union issued an apology for photos on their Facebook page featuring students who had blackfaced for Halloween.  Regardless of your own race or culture, it’s important to look at the historical background of another group when you’re dressing up. Blackfacing is the practice of someone who is not black painting their skin to appear black, which began in the entertainment industry.  Before black people were allowed on stage, white people would paint their faces black and imitate black people in racist portrayals. Every Halloween, at universities all over Canada and the U.S., people dress up as blacks, aboriginal people, and hispanics. Dressing up as another culture, and trying to imitate their cultural identifiers, is racist. Even […]

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