A Sexy Handmaid’s Tale Halloween Costume Is Being Roasted By Everyone, Including Margaret Atwood
Online fashion retailer Yandy has had to pull its sexy Handmaid’s Tale outfit from their store after pushback online from all over the place — including from Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood.
The costume, named “Brave Red Maiden Costume” on Yandy’s site due to copyright restrictions, features the handmaid’s staple white cap, as well as a tight fitting red dress and red cape.
In the original novel and recent TV adaption, handmaids are sex slaves that are required to repeatedly bear kids.
After a few US news outlets jumped onto the story, Yandy quickly responded by removing the costume from their site.
“Over the last few hours, it has become obvious that our ‘Yandy Brave Red Maiden Costume’ is being seen as a symbol of women’s oppression, rather than an expression of women’s empowerment,” their statement read.
“Our initial inspiration to create the piece was through witnessing its use in recent months as a powerful protest image.”
In the US, protestors recently dressed up as handmaids in opposition to president Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
Protesters wearing Handmaids Tale robes outside of the Supreme Court confirmation Heading for Brett Kavanaugh this morning pic.twitter.com/ZAKajK3Dy7
— Lauren Gambino (@laurenegambino) September 4, 2018
But some believed selling the sexy Halloween costume showed poor taste, given the character comes from a dark dystopia.
Whoever came up with this costume idea should get sent to the colonies. https://t.co/r51X4dYR4e
— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) September 21, 2018
We’re now beyond satire. “Sexy” Handmaid’s Tale outfit. There’s nothing like fighting the patriarchy by sexualising a show about misogyny and rape. ht @bustle pic.twitter.com/aTaAsc0Zhf
— Zoe Margolis (@girlonetrack) September 20, 2018
Our society doesn’t take the rape of real women seriously, why should they take the rape of fictional women seriously? https://t.co/aiKMn0N3xJ
— Molly Sanchez (@SeriousMolly) September 20, 2018
Others took the opportunity to laugh about such a product existing.
The website that sold the Sexy Handmaid's Tale costume also has a Sexy Anonymous NYT Op-Ed costume pic.twitter.com/eM8wMFjzMI
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) September 22, 2018
Yeah when I read @MargaretAtwood in college, I ran right out & bought those shoes. https://t.co/nRxk7lTgci
— Tammy Paolino (@CP_TammyPaolino) September 21, 2018
And then even the character’s creator, Margaret Atwood, got involved.
No, I can't put a stop to it..@MGM or @HandmaidsOnHulu might say something; but, after appearing at so many protests, the outfit is out of the box by now. Not sure this version will sell many, however. Who exactly would wear it, and on what occasions? Anyway the shoes are wrong. https://t.co/18HeMONM9t
— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) September 21, 2018
Moral of the story: maybe don’t sexualise dystopian sex slaves.