Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Dress your tween daughter as a "sassy squaw" this Halloween
My sister-in-law, Laura L., shared this picture from a Facebook. I'm used to Halloween being a celebration of awkward and/or offensive stereotypes, but "squaw"? Seriously?
The term was once common for indigenous North American women, entering English as a loan word from the Algonquian languages, but is now usually considered a derogatory (by some, even obscene) term.
This costume is marketed by inCharacter. Here it is in their catalogue:
The company also makes "adult" versions, but omits the "s" word:
The "Sassy Squaw" costume is also for sale at Amazon.com, Sears.com, ebay's Shopping.com and Buy.com (where it was renamed "Sassy Indian Maiden Costume") along with a number of other stereotyped native costumes for girls.
To my First Nations nieces, and all Aboriginal women: I am sorry this shit is still happening.