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'Sexy' Handmaid's Tale outfit pulled after online backlash

By Russell Hope, news reporter
An online lingerie retailer has apologised after withdrawing a "sexy" version of the outfit made famous by the Handmaid's Tale TV series.
US firm Yandy.com was widely criticised for its 'Brave Red Maiden' costume, made up of a red mini dress, red cape and white hat, all inspired by the Emmy award-winning TV drama starring Elizabeth Moss.
Based on Margaret Atwood's book, it portrays a bleak future in which a falling birth rate means women are forced into surrogacy as sex slaves.
'Sexy' Handmaid's Tale outfit pulled after online backlash

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The costume sparked controversy. Pic: Yandy.com
The model in the photograph on their website was wearing high heels and the product description read: "An upsetting dystopian future has emerged where women no longer have a say.
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. pic.twitter.com/SFnoK80VAH— Nathalie Gordon (@awlilnatty) September 21, 2018
"However, we say be bold and speak your mind in this exclusive Brave Red Maiden costume."The firm, which was accused of, amongst other things, being "tone deaf" and "sexualising misogyny and rape", then withdrew the item and issued an apology.
pic.twitter.com/0w5NQS438g— Yandy.com (@Yandy) September 21, 2018
"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," its statement read.
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