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Nothing Says “Missed the Point” Like a Line of Sexy Handmaid’s Tale Sleepwear

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Apparently, there is at least one business that saw the bright red robes of The Handmaid’s Tale, that immediately recognizable uniform of sexual slavery, and thought to itself: “We’re gonna market the crap out of that.”

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Sleepwear company Lunya has announced their new limited-edition set of red silk pajamas, dubbed “The Offred.”

The comments on both the site’s Instagram and Facebook range from “I love the color!” to “What the hell were you thinking and did you even watch the show?” I’m strongly leaning towards the latter.

In speaking to i09, the company said the idea is the product of their fandom, which, really, just makes no sense at all. A spokesperson said, “We’re big fans of the show here at Lunya and named the color after Elisabeth Moss’s journey as ‘Offred.’ We’re with the resistance!”

Just on a factual level, their call to “join the resistance” by putting on a Handmaid’s outfit is contrary to the basic plot and larger themes. And on a deeper level, the celebration of the constant, systematic rape these characters suffer is in extremely poor taste. Even by calling the line “Offred,” the name identifying her as literal property (rather than June, her actual name), is glorifying the idea of Gilead’s dominance and ownership of women.

Look, if consensual sexual partners want to work through a kind of Gilead fantasy, no one here is going to kink-shame that. But for a company to reduce the sexual slavery depicted in the show and book to a lingerie design, with a glaring lack of understanding of what it is they’re promoting, that’s unacceptable. Please, don’t sell Handmaid lingerie, don’t make “sexy Handmaid” Halloween costumes, just … don’t.

The outfit is available on Lunya’s website, though the red color is labeled “Scarlet,” not “Offred.” The Facebook and Instagram posts still remain up.

(via i09, image: Hulu)

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Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.

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