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Why be Sexy Big Bird when you can be Hatshepsut?
Take Back Halloween is bucking the "sexy" trend with costumes inspired by great women from history and mythology.
Launched in 2010, the site is a free how-to guide with instructions on how women can dress up as famous queens, goddesses, and other figures from history.
“The response has been phenomenal,”
Take Back Halloween offers costume designs for Hatshepsut, the “female king” of Egypt, as well as Jezebel, Boudicca, the Queen of Sheba, Nzinga, Fu Hao, and dozens of others. Goddesses include Greek favorites, like Athena, as well as the Egyptian Isis, the Maya Ix Chel, the Aztec Chalchiuhtlicue, the Norse Freyja, and the Celtic Brighid. The “Notable Women” category covers an enormous range of women, from Enheduanna—the Sumerian poet who is the first known author in world history—to physicist Lise Meitner, the discoverer of nuclear fission.
And the site is still growing. This week Take Back Halloween launched a Kickstarter campaign (http://www.kickstarter.com/
“We get hundreds of requests for new costumes,” says Scoggins. “We get emails all year long. There is a real demand for this.”