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Professors complain about kids' costumes


IOWA CITY (AP) -- Scholars say they are seeing a troubling trend in Halloween costumes for children, with some for girls being too sexy and for boys too violent.

University of Iowa associate professor Gigi Durham tells of a 5-year-old girl a few years ago trick-or-treating in a tube top, gauzy miniskirt, high heels and makeup. She said it brought to mind child prostitution.

Durham, who studies the premature sexualization of girls, says dressing up is fun and should be safe. She suggests parents set boundaries about what is appropriate and explain why.

University of Northern Iowa philosophy professor Harry Brod says boys should also be careful about the costumes they wear. He notes boy's costumes, particularly the superhero ones accessorized with weapons, seem to encourage violence.

Brod encourages parents and children to consider making their own costumes rather than buying one off the rack.

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