Costume Roundup: Scanner? I Hardly Know Her! 4

How do you know when our existence crosses into “dystopian satire?”

When “Sexy TSA Agent” costumes become commonplace.

I know I’m totally overanalyzing the “Slutty Professional” costume, but at the heart of it, each costume can be summed up as, “I do a very basic, common job … with sexy results!” What works about the costumes is the absurdity involved. Most drill sergeants are not wearing cropped tops and miniskirts. There are few meter maids that will exchange sexual favors for getting out of parking tickets.

But TSA agents do actually have the authority to make people strip. A TSA agent’s job entails groping dozens of strangers an hour. The scanners were inspired by a teenage boy’s dismay upon discovering that the x-ray glasses in the back of  MAD Magazine don’t actually see through clothes.

And more importantly: if we’re mining unsexy government jobs for slutty costumes these days, surely there are better options than TSA screener. For instance, what about  the sexy sanitation worker, “Junk in the Trunk Trudy?” The trashy court reporter “Rita It Back?” Or my favorite, the slutty DMV employee “Latisha B. ThatsformCYouHavetoFillOutFormDGoToWindowFourPlease.”

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4 thoughts on “Costume Roundup: Scanner? I Hardly Know Her!

  1. Reply Emily May 8, 2012 10:42 pm

    This is a fantastic and insightful post. Although I’m sure that wasn’t the makers’ intent, these costumes actually normalize and approve of government surveillance and physical violation. I know that gets me in a celebrating spirit.

    • Reply Amanda May 12, 2012 6:15 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad you liked it … and that I’m not the only one who’s disturbed by this costume.

  2. Reply Natalia Apr 21, 2014 9:48 pm

    Thats hilarious-just a month ago I posted on my FB about this. Why not have a sexy janitor, or a sexy hospice worker, or sexy McD’s employee, etc?

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