I arrived at my friend's home in Westlake Village on October 19 at 9:00 p.m. for her Halloween party. The party's attendees were mostly upper- to middle-class white persons over the age of twenty-one who were a mix of male and female college students. I was unable to witness gender discrimination among attendees from various racial and cultural backgrounds at the party because of the lack of variety in those groups. As I got to my friend's house, I saw that the living room and kitchen had been lavishly decorated for Halloween.To provide an example, there were carved pumpkins on top of the kitchen counter, dark purple and orange lighting throughout, cobwebs and ghostly photos all over the walls, and a table full of candy apples and Halloween treats. The air was strongly scented with cinnamon and pumpkin when I first walked inside the house. My buddy Susan did a fantastic job, in my opinion, of creating an aesthetically frightening environment for a college party. The environment was intended to be gender-neutral, not to emphasize masculine or feminine traits. Susan was dressed like a gorgeous nurse with her legs and breasts on display when I first saw her. Like my acquaintance, I noticed a consistent trend of girls wearing provocative costumes, which ranged from the everyday baker to the crazy clown. Personally, I was shocked to see sexualized nuns and scarecrow costumes.

Susan said that girls are supposed to look alluring at parties, especially ones with a Halloween theme, to draw men, when I asked her what motivated her to wear this costume. "If you don't dress up for the event, you risk being evaluated by everyone," she argued. You cannot wear a hideous dress to a Halloween party that conceals your assets.You must appear hot as hell. Susan held the opinion that in order to appear attractive to men, she needed to live up to gender norms of beauty. The girls in the party shared a common pattern in that they all believed that dressing extravagantly was required to uphold gender roles and achieve female beauty. Most of the girls had straightened hair, heavy makeup, and sweet or citrus scents on their bodies to draw attention. When I questioned the partygoers why they chose to dress in this particular style, they responded that it was vital to appear good in order to blend in, displaying awareness of gender norms in order to fulfill gender expectations and prevent peer rejection. Some people believe that using feminine items to adorn their bodies makes them feel like real women rather than failures. Men also face pressure from society to conform to gender stereotypes, but unlike women, who are always under pressure to be beautiful, males are free to display themselves as they see fit without fear of social rejection.