Glenn Beck on Tuesday joined forces with an unlikely group of women to fight the sexualization of children's Halloween costumes.
"The producers decided to put together a little pre-interview package so you can see ... how diametrically opposed we are on issues," Beck said on his television program. "Because if we're this far apart, but we can come together and spend an hour and be decent human beings with each other and say, 'we've got to stop this!' then we can solve pretty much any problem."
In the package, Dr. Janni Aragon, a political science professor at the University of Victoria, said she is "absolutely ready for Hillary," and has a mask of Hillary Clinton's face and posters supporting Clinton's 2008 campaign in her office.
Pam Rocker of "Take Back Halloween" said her only exposure to Beck has been on "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report," which admittedly didn't leave her with the most positive view.
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Beck has long advocated finding people you can agree with on opposite sides of the political spectrum, even if it's only on one issue. Combating the sexualization of children's Halloween costumes joined left and right on Tuesday on The Glenn Beck Program.
"[We're] taking all of their self-esteem and self-worth and making it into their body, and teaching our young girls that's all they are: an image of their body," Beck said. "That's despicable to me."
He showed the audience a selection of Halloween costumes, pointing out the difference between the girls' and boys' costumes. If you want to be a male police officer, you are typically given blue pants, a shirt, and a walkie talkie. If you want to be a female police officer, Beck said, holding up the miniature garment, you are given a short dress with a leather collar, handcuffs and fingerless black gloves.
"What message is that?" Beck demanded.
"I think one of the things that we see, Glenn, is that boys are able to run and play with their costumes, and with girls it's about looking cute," Aragon said, explaining how horrified she was when -- while shopping for a swimsuit for her toddler -- she came across padded bikinis.
"Why would I want to have my toddler, my preschooler, wearing padded bathing suits?" she asked. "So it's not just Halloween costumes. It's hyper-sexualizing little girls' bodies."
Other women on the panel were Abigail Jones, a senior writer at Newsweek, Stephanie Giese of Binkies and Briefcases, and Meredith Spidel of Mom the Year.
Jones said it is important to remember that "marketing is not necessarily concerned with social responsibility."
"The companies, the people behind the marketing ... are not necessarily looking out for your daughter's well-being," she remarked.
Beck agreed: "The invisible hand will create anything. If you're not a moral nation, if you're not a nation that cares, the companies will create anything. This is a problem with us. This is a real problem with us."
"Halloween is the last stop on this train," Beck continued. "This is happening through all of our society. ... It's the media, it's what we consume, it's 'that which you gaze upon you become.' And we are gazing upon trash. We're getting all of our self-esteem from trash, from lies. It's all about sex, money or good times."
Rocker said that in sexualizing women -- and especially young girls -- "we are stripping them down to one thing, which is how they look."
"When we look at what that leads to ... it leads to dehumanizing," she said. "And anytime we dehumanize anybody, they're more vulnerable to violence, which is huge. 90 percent of the violence in the world is against women. So if we're taking them down to one thing, and they're something to be obtained or controlled, that is what is most disturbing to me. And it just comes out as a symptom in these costumes."
"If you want your daughter to be a self-respecting adult," Spidel concluded, "then help her now."
More from the segment, below.
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