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Is This "Ho Wig" Offensive?

Is This "Ho Wig" Offensive?

The long march to Halloween has begun, because dubious costume wigs are popping up on a ton of shopping sites. While looking in Drugstore.com's Halloween section, I was taken aback by this BuySeasons Ho Wig ($20). I don't like the term in general, I had no idea that fluffy black hair and red lipstick were such a crime, and I really never imagined that a marketer could look at a piece of fake hair and think "Hey, that's a wig for somebody who wants to broadcast to everyone that they're a marginalized, dehumanized figure for Halloween. She wants to be dismissed, essentialized, and treated horribly — Ho wig! Women will love it!"

What do you think? Am I overreacting, or was this thing in extremely poor taste?

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eshellmoyer eshellmoyer 7 years
I do think it's offensive, but also, given the current state of Halloween and the target demographic, "women will love it," is not entirely un-apt. The only creative costume I saw on the Lower East Side last year was Ms. Pacman, otherwise I saw a lot of costumes that have more offensive names, or sexually suggestive labels and such on the costume.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 7 years
I see people like this everyday! I'm sure some of them are ho's.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
I don't think it's offensive.. but I also don't think a certain hair style makes a ho. In the last 20 years the lines between what prostitutes wear and what counts as appropriate attire have been completely blurred anyway.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
OMgoodness every second of every day someone's little feeling are getting hurt. Grow up, lighten up and learn to laugh.. When did everyone become such a sissy? It's getting rather old. Why don't you ask a "HO" if she's insulted?
Nadia24gv Nadia24gv 7 years
I guess naming it the "Ho" wig was a little less offensive than calling it the "Megan Fox" wig.
vmruby vmruby 7 years
How in the world is this wig ho-ish....LOL And no, this does not offend me in the slightest.
PirateKitty PirateKitty 7 years
Guess I'm a ho too then!
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
Misogynistic, yes. That wig doesn't represent anyone from the show, "The Hills".
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
It's sad but I know that what the manufacturer was probably thinking was any woman looking for a slutty or whore-ish outfit would love to add a "ho-wig" to her ensemble. What I don't get is why women use Halloween as an excuse to be able to dress so inappropriately. If women weren't so bent on dressing so tastelessly, the manufacture probably would have called it a black wig instead. Maybe the women are living out secret wishes to be able to dress like a slut?
Rigor-Mortis Rigor-Mortis 7 years
Yeah, it is misogynistic. But moreover, why in the f*** do women dress like day shift hookers on Halloween? FFS, people! It's HALLOWEEN, It's supposed to be scary!
tarynitup tarynitup 7 years
It's offensive. It won't keep me up at night, but it's another example of misogyny. Why not just call it a brunette wig and let the wearer decide what look it's appropriate for? Another Halloween wig that I hate is the cave woman wig that's an afro. How ironic considering cave people were European.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
if anybody is seriously offended by this, they need to lighten up. a lot.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 7 years
Geeze Bella...taking this a bit too seriously are we? They do pimp colors and hats and what not. Certain combos do broadcast a certain image, whether it's deserved or not.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
The funny thing is that my hair looks exactly the same! Only bright red! But yeah, it's just hair, who cares what it's labeled.
weffie weffie 7 years
it's not a funny joke, but i don't think it's worth getting upset over... besides, if it were really a "ho wig" it would be made of aubrey o'day's hair hahaha
skigurl skigurl 7 years
the wig itself isn't that ho-ish but it could be paired with the outfit/makeup shown or some other ho ensemble..for those who find it offensive, it's halloween, lighten up!
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