thoughts on halloween

27 Sep

i’m considering being a baiana for halloween. if you don’t know what that is, you should look it up. my brief summary/understanding is this: baianas are an integral part of Brazilian Carnaval, who represent the history/roots of Brazil, and especially Brazilian people of color. They are large and loud and proud and sort of the mothers of the festivities. Me dressing up as one is not meant to be exploitation of the culture, but rather a celebration of the role baianas play in Brazilian culture and carnaval. Any thoughts on that? I’m wondering about racial components to this, as I have white skin, and it might not be appropriate for me to dress as a baiana? does this feel too much like person with white skin exploiting people/culture of color? Here’s a picture of some baianas in their fanstasias (costumes):


Also, there is a party on campus called fetish, where everyone dresses up/embodies a fetish. Does anyone have ideas on what I should be/do and how I should execute that idea? ❤


3 Responses to “thoughts on halloween”

  1. Carrie September 29, 2010 at 5:49 pm #


    I think the halloween idea might be fine, because you are at Grinnell surrounded by mostly understanding people. However, a holiday that is mostly used for slutty outfits might not be the best place to try and celebrate a culture. But I love the picture/idea. I don’t think the color of your skin should stop you from doing it. I think if you wear it, you should go all out and not alter it at all, but it should pretty clearly be a celebration and not a mockery.

    As for the fetish party, I’m too jealous to come up with any real ideas right now. (Easiest idea, wear ridonk heels for foot fetish. Most simple idea: put a name tag on that says “My 18th birthday was last week!” (barely legal), or maybe just go as yourself but in a very skanky outfit. OR, draw a ton of attention and create a lot of drama and go with a strap-on on.)

    • annanettie September 29, 2010 at 7:04 pm #

      All great ideas 🙂 Thanks for the feedback…I really do love it when people/you comment. ❤

  2. molly s. October 1, 2010 at 5:00 pm #

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