Explaining The Sun’s Page 3 to Americans
I can’t really remember how this conversation came about, but when you start explaining (not condoning, just explaining) The Sun’s Page 3 to Americans, which lands on a soft-porn daily basis on the breakfast tables of many British homes, it all seems quite bizarre and outdated.
‘So, it’s a picture of a woman with her boobs out in a newspaper?’
‘And people just read this and look at the picture?’
‘And it’s sold in shops?’
“Top shelf, though?’
‘How very European.’
Trick or Treat
Americans keep asking me if Halloween is the same back in the UK as it is out here.
My answer is ‘nope, not in the slightest’.
And these fabulous British gents confirm it. 🙂
Fun and sexy Halloween style
It is that time of year again when the kids get excited at the idea of Trick or Treating and adults have a chance to dress up in outfits they would not normally consider during the rest of the year. Yes, it’s Halloween.
I’ve already had one Halloween party, and three more to go this year! Yes, really! So, what will I wear?
Have fun with costumes
There are two types of costumes for Halloween – those that have to do with horror and those that have nothing to do with it. With the former type, Halloween outfits have become a challenge, with party guests trying to outdo each other in the sophistication of their costumes. In the latter, partygoers simply have a choice to dress up in the costumes they have always wanted to wear, whether it is in homage to a favorite actor or musician, or in outfits that show off their wild side.
Celebrating Halloween is a great reason for having a party, especially as no one expects such an event to be a formal affair. Forget the little black dress that gets rolled out for other functions. If you are going to a Halloween party, you are going to have to put some thought into what you are going to wear; and for many, this is the most fun part of holding or going to a Halloween party – but where do you look for inspiration?
Movies can provide you with plenty of ideas for costumes. Sci-fi films will have some great and unusual costumes such as those worn in The Fifth Element or The Hunger Games. Think retro and go back to the 70s and 80s by dressing up as Wonder Woman or Supergirl. Always wanted to be a princess? Watch Disney animated films for costume ideas such as Ariel from The Little Mermaid or Rapunzel. Alternatively, come up with your own creation. You can be a phoenix or a peacock with the application of feathers, and a fairy or pixie with the addition of wings. Beautiful!
Is the party a fun time for adults? If so, then you should see it as a chance to go sexy (I’ve seen a lot of this so far this Halloween season! It is now common for women to dress up as sexy versions of police officers, nurses, firefighters, and even, if you can believe it, sexy zombies. Is there such a thing? Sexy Halloween costumes all seem to have one thing in common – short skirts, bustiers and knee-high boots. You can browse club dresses and sexy clothes and find the one that suits you best.
Is the party a homage to the supernatural? If so, a bed sheet for a ghost costume is not going to cut it. Instead, dig out some old clothes and distress them to look even older; suggest dust and decay by sprinkling them with talcum powder. This also works for an undead or zombie costume. If you are planning to wear makeup to complete your costume, ensure that you buy brands that are suitable for the face, as you do not want to be paying for buying cheap face paint by a breakout that lasts for days.
You may be demure the rest of the year, but a Halloween party is a chance to show off your fun and sexy side, so make sure you make the most of it with a sexy Halloween-inspired costume. Fact.
America: Page 3 bad. Sexy Halloween costumes (even for kids): OK. Sometimes, even after all this time, I don’t get America.
Andy: this!!! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/23/men-sexy-womens-halloween-costumes_n_6035558.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000022&ir=Weird+News
I have no idea what to do for my next three parties! Help!
For costume ideas check Pinterest.
Here in oh-so-Catholic Austria, commuters, children, or anyone who picks up the paper can view soft-core porn as well on p.3 of one of the daily commuter papers, and scantily clad women (and sometimes men) on p.3 of the other daily commuter paper. A year or so ago one of the modern art museums was hosting an exhibit on “Naked Men,” and the poster affixed to all of the kiosks around town showed three soccer players wearing nothing but their socks and shoes. And in front of the museum? Well, see for yourself! 🙂
Oh hahaha! Good old Europe letting it all hang out! 😉