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In Today’s ‘WTF’ News; Be a Sexy Rape Victim for Halloween

by | September 23, 2018

There are questionable costumes, and then there is this never-ending disaster. Halloween costume makers, Yandy released a head-scratching costume of The Handmaid Tales. A dystopian world, where women are objects, raped to reproduce, and have zero body autonomy. 

In vying for the scariest of costumes, they decided to go with their website motto of ‘Own your sexy’, and revamp the character, Offred who is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian and theocratic state that has replaced the United States of America. Because of dangerously low reproduction rates, Handmaids are assigned to bear children for elite couples that have trouble conceiving. Offred serves the Commander and his wife, Serena Joy, a former gospel singer and advocate for “traditional values.” Offred is not the narrator’s real name—Handmaid names consist of the word “of” followed by the name of the Handmaid’s Commander. Every month, when Offred is at the right point in her menstrual cycle, she must be held down to a bed and raped by the Commander while Serena sits behind her, holding her hands. Offred’s freedom, like the freedom of all women, is completely restricted. She can leave the house only on shopping trips, the door to her room cannot be completely shut, and the Eyes, Gilead’s secret police force, watch her every public move.

But, yeah,  Yandy, totes sexy….

Credit: Image from yandy website

“An upsetting dystopian future has emerged where women no longer have a say,” the product description reads. “However, we say be bold and speak your mind in this exclusive Brave Red Maiden costume featuring a red mini dress, a matching cloak with an attached hood, and a white bonnet headpiece.”

They aren’t including the tights to complete the look, nor are they including any self-awareness, or recognition that the Me Too movement is in full swing, where women everywhere have decided to take a stand against sexual abuse.  

Naturally, every single person with eyeballs and a modicum of intelligence weighed in on why this is a horrible, terrible, no-good idea.

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Sexy? 

After getting brutally roasted for hours online, Yandy removed the Brave Red Maiden costume from its site. Which led us to believe there would be a lot of red faces all round, and some re-training of staff on sexual abuse. Yet, you’d be wrong, so, so wrong. Their statement was clearly written by the same tone-deaf creators of the costume. They went on to include their motto of ‘Own Your Sexy’, and that they are supportive of women’s rights. to that, we say. L.O.L

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. This is unfortunate, as it was not our intention on any level. Our initial inspiration to create the piece was through witnessing its use in recent months as a powerful protest image.”

Really, Yandy. Really? 

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