HUNTINGTON - Dressed in scarlet robes and white bonnets, handmaids stood in silence with their heads down in front of Republican U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins' 5th Avenue office Wednesday evening as men read select passages comparing fiction to reality.
The Huntington chapter of the West Virginia Women's March organized the protest for the first anniversary of President Donald Trump's election. Five women and nine men participated, as did one young girl.
The women's uniforms were based on their fictional counterparts in the book and Hulu series "The Handmaid's Tale" by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, symbolizing how women could lose rights if U.S. lawmakers are not held accountable for the things they say and the legislation they try to pass. The men compared passages from the book to real quotes by Trump and current members of Congress.
In "The Handmaid's Tale," the Republic of Gilead is a theonomic society that men construct by overthrowing the U.S. government and indoctrinating people into a totalitarian, hyper-patriarchal set of religious beliefs. Women in Gilead are forced to live in a social system that proactively disadvantages and oppresses them based on their sex and reproductive capabilities.