A mom's "open letter" to Party City went viral after she objected to the company's interpretations of costumes for young girls.
Lin Kramer singled out the toddler section of Party City's website, comparing the police officer costumes being sold for boys and girls (photo above).
Kramer criticized the company for offering an "antiquated" view, arguing that there are 16 occupation-themed costumes for boys, but only three for girls.
While Halloween costumes are undoubtedly about "make-believe," it is unfathomable that toddler girls and boys who might be interested in dressing up as police officers are seeking to imagine themselves in the incongruent way your business apparently imagines them. Toddler girls are not imagining and hoping that they will grow up to become a 'sexy cop' --- which is clearly what your girl costume suggests; rather, young girls, just as young boys, see and admire their family members and neighbors offering service to their communities and delight in the idea of doing the same. I am absolutely appalled that your business reinterprets girls' innocent and well-intentioned dreams into this costume.
Party City wrote back, briefly thanking Kramer for her feedback and saying they would consider it for the future.
Read the letter in its entirety: