|Who can resist||the chance to climb|
|into another skin?||Into myth-spit|
|caricature?||A sideshow mockery|
|A technicolor||chicken-feathered ghoul|
|ripped||from a century of|
|For $30 a pop||there are Indian maidens|
|princesses||warriors like a million|
|born||in family lore and|
|rolling||in forgotten graves.|
|with their||bloodred robes|
|opened||like a mouth|
|like a slur||kept alive|
There was enough public outcry when costume retailer Yandy released its "sexy" take on “The Handmaid’s Tale" costume that it was ultimately pulled from their catalog. In a 2017 interview with Cosmopolitan, the same retailer stated it would not pull its racist costumes depicting Indigenous women, due to a lack of controversy and public outcry. So, here are my questions, for retailers and consumers alike: why are fictional women a higher priority than Indigenous women? Whose dystopias reflect whose realities?
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Tiffany Morris is a Mi'kmaw writer from K'jipuktuk (Halifax). Her horror fiction and poetry have appeared in Eye To The Telescope, Augur, Room, and anthologies from Clash Books, among others. Find her at tiffmorris.com or on Twitter @tiffmorris.