— ABC News (@ABC) July 24, 2018
Vice President Mike Pence’s second visit to Philadelphia this summer was again met with protests, this time with a dystopian theme.
People dressed as handmaids from the novel-turned-Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale joined protesters outside of the Union League Monday evening. Pence was hosting a fund-raiser at the club for fellow Republican Lou Barletta, who is running against Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.).
Samantha Goldman, an organizer of the protest, said before the event that 100 women had signed up to dress as handmaids. Over the past few weeks, they have been meeting in living rooms and coffee shops to sew the scarlet-robed costumes and make white bonnets.
Handmaid-themed protests have gained popularity in recent months from Washington, D.C. to England and Ireland. In March, women in Texas wearing Handmaid’s Tale garb protested legislation limiting abortion access before the state senate there. In May, women in Missouri held a similar costumed protest.
I don’t know about all of you but I think this kind of protest is brilliant.
The visual effect of something like this is riveting, and it drives home a message without even really needing to hold up placards.
What’s more, you can almost imagine Mike Pence looking out over a sea of women cosplaying females trapped in a totalitarian society where they are only valued for their reproductive abilities. and thinking “Something about that just seems so right.”