These two Ebola Halloween costumes demonstrate Patricia N. Limerick’s idea that an ideological frontier is defined not by factual data but rather by distorted and decontextualized rhetoric.
The costumes are both deflecting attention away from the virus by making the matter of the Ebola virus trivial.
This is one of the mechanisms by which the real threat of Ebola is sidelined therefore making adequate response less likely, similar too the ways in which Ebola has been associated with deviance and Africans rather than a general public health issue. Instead call for such as immigration denial, quarantines, and flight cancellations, all of which are inadequate response to a virus because of the misrepresentation.
Focusing on a sexy costume a deviant continent of origin or racially-motivated scapegoat attention is deflected from a health care system that is inadequately prepared because of continuous funding refusal, this all serves to reinforce a policy that diminishes social spending by vilifying individuals not policy.
Why do you think the female Ebola nurse’s outfit is over sexualized while the man’s is not?