In a week we'll finally start to see what has happened to Offred / June in season two of Hulu's adaption of Margaret Atwood's feminist dystopian classic, The Handmaid's Tale. The first season ended in the same way the novel did, but the TV series will take us further on in the story, possibly inspired by the revelations of the book's epilogue.
I really cannot wait, though there doesn't seem to be a confirmed UK airdate just yet! To celebrate The Handmaid's Tale's return, I've been on the look out for a few goodies created by some wonderful small businesses to share with you. I don't think anyone will be surprised that many of them are inspired by what is probably the most famous bit of text / quote from the book and TV series, "Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum / Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down".
Praise be, bitches.
Fable & Black are one of my first stops when I want something new and literary inspired, and I love there take on the "Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down" quote. You can also get this quote design as a badge, key ring, pocket mirror, a mug and a coaster.
Inspired by both The Handmaid's Tale and a popular current feminist saying, this Not Your Babe enamel pin takes the iconic image of the handmaid in her red clock and winged hat and turns it into a symbol of freedom perfect for your jacket's lapel.
Fight against the patriarchy of Gilead while drinking your morning coffee. I love this hand-lettered and illustrated mug by Kathy Weller. The white and red really evoke the stark clothing the handmaid's wear in the book and TV series. You can also get this design as a t-shirt.
I've been thinking of getting a demin jacket for the spring and summer, and want something large for the back of it. Maybe Golden Gems' massive back patch inspired by The Handmaid's Tale would work perfectly.
I love how ADaesthetic have incorporated the iconography of The Handmaid's Tale, from the all-seeing eye to the stars and flowers in this embroidered, iron-on patch.
I love the simplicity of Jane Mount's book pins, and her ode to The Handmaid's Tale is no different. With the book pins, and the illustrations they are based on, Jane Mount is trying to capture the essence of a book in less than an inch square.
Another of my favourite online stores for book lovers is Literary Emporium. Recently they have released a new collection of dystopian enamel pins, and this striking red and white pin is their ode to Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. I'm very happy to count this as one of my most worn pins. You can also get it as a t-shirt, and if you're looking for more feminist goodies, check out their Feminist Collection.
My own little ode to The Handmaid's Tale and Margaret Atwood's other feminist novels, this art print was inspired by the Women's Marches. All too much recently, especially with Trump's ascent to power and the fact that so many white men seem to see themselves as an oppressed group, we've had to fight that much harder for women's rights. Let's not allow Gilead become a real place.
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