Enter the sexy “Handmaid’s Tale” Halloween costume that sent Twitter into a tailspin this week. Had feminism retained any of its edge, these revealing renderings of the handmaid’s uniform would have been standard issue at their protests all along. Instead, so many feminists were offended by the costume, it was pulled from the virtual shelves.
“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,” read a statement issued by the vendor.
Yet it’s Yandy’s version of the costume that’s actually clever, an alien concept to its humorless and dour detractors. The costume’s overt sexuality functions as a direct rebuke of Gilead. Primed to see everything as an attack, and to attack everything, however, feminists failed to recognize that, and eliminated a tool they should have weaponized.