Angery about dress

Tweetstorm (30 Apr. 2017) on the show’s costuming, despite my previous attempt to convince myself I’d only address the show after my first read of the book.

Content warnings: This post is relatively lightweight, but continues to be about a forcibly repressive, misogynistic society, and makes reference to sexual assault and victim-blaming thereof, as well as more general discussion of sexuality.

Reminder: You — yes, you! — can make this discourse sustainable.
Image: A promotional still for Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Elisabeth Moss wears a featureless red dress with a wide circular neckline, fitted sleeves, and a fitted torso. Her sleeves are pushed up to mid-forearm. She’s in a bedroom, and wearing a white bonnet without wings. She looks resigned, a feeling I can relate to.
Image: A group of women in dresses like Moss’, with white shoulder bags and the winged white bonnets that obscure their vision, stand in front of an old-looking wall. It is unclear whether they are the cast of the show or political cosplayers.
Images in the tweet are of groups of women in the same red dresses, white bonnets, and white shoulder bags, in various (modern) public places. Some stare at the ground; some stare at the camera.
Image is of a white woman in a white empire-waist dress. The stillness of the photo is accentuated by the way the cloth folds and hangs so as to obscure that she is a person with leg-style movement.

Thread continuing from quoted tweet:

[A small note for the future: I will link to an elaboration on the tweet below when it exists. Because oh boy, it is going to exist.]
A clip from the show. Elisabeth Moss is wearing a (for once well-executed) cloak over her red dress, along with the winged white bonnet.
A group of people (probably all women); two are dressed as Handmaids, with dresses fitted tight to the ribcage and then extending to a full skirt, and the customary wide neckline and winged bonnet. The other five are dressed in modern-day clothes and pose, smiling enthusiastically, against the blank-faced Handmaids as scenery. Again, it is uncertain whether they are official actresses or cosplayers.

Family dinner got in on the Discourse:

[Placeholder for elaboration on that hint goes here.]

Martin and I, perhaps unwisely, have resolved to watch the show. He hasn’t read the book, which may be valuable.

Given this is what we managed to do with three episodes’ worth of repetitive-if-eerie promotional images…

Well. I already knew I was signing on for a lot; I knew because I couldn’t stop it.


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There’s more screaming at the Engines and at my Twitter.