So uh – we don’t mean to alarm you, but Handmaids are literally wandering through the streets of Sydney today, and it’s unsettling as hell.
If you’re not familiar with Margaret Atwood‘s iconic 1985 novel ‘The Handmaid’s Tale‘, it takes place in a dystopian future under fundamentalist Christian rule where nuclear war has severely impeded humanity’s ability to breed.
Handmaids, in their red-and-white uniforms designed to constrict movement and prevent any accidentally lusting (note the blinders?), are forced into sexual slavery to provide rich, barren women with bubs.
And today, they’re roaming the streets of Sydney:
(Credit: SBS On Demand / Facebook.)
— Stephanie Whitelock (@s_whitelock_mc) July 5, 2017
— SBS Australia (@SBS) July 5, 2017
— SBS On Demand (@SBSOnDemand) July 5, 2017
— Trisha Carter (@TrishaCarter) July 6, 2017
The stunt is of course to promote the fact that ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is available on SBS On Demand from today. The television adaptation has been getting rave reviews from the United States, so you should absolutely give it burl in this writer’s opinion. Additionally, the Handmaids are handing out copies of Atwood’s classic, i.e. one of the cornerstones of feminist literature. If you can, get yer mitts on one. It’s extremely good.
Photo: SBS On Demand.