My first mistake was typing ‘girl’s’ before ‘pirate costume.’
A pirate is a pirate, right? The costume should be straight forward. Eye patch, hat, maybe a parrot on the shoulder.
But when Libby decided she wanted a pirate party for her 4th birthday, I stupidly searched for a gender-specific costume online.
The results were not so much pirate as they were wench.
The toddler section was cute, but too small for Libby and still very… pinkified.
Later, I decided to search for something for myself. Here’s what came up under ‘women’s’ pirate costumes.
And so on, and so forth. None exactly appropriate for the host of a 4-year-old’s birthday party.
Dear online shopping world: Why can’t we just be pirates instead of sexy-pouty-butt-flashing wenches? Each to their own, but all I ask for is options. O.P.T.I.O.N.S.
The only real female pirate I’ve ever heard of is Anne Bonny (March 8, 1702 – April, 22, 1782).
She was an Irish woman who operated in the Caribbean and was said to have disguised herself as a man. Apparently, the disguise part isn’t actually true and she took part in combat alongside her shipmates who knew and respected her as a woman.
I wonder how she would’ve managed sword-fighting, plank-walking and swash-buckling in stilettos and fishnets.
This seems far more sensible.