A photoshoot showing a gay couple and the surrogate carrying their child has gone viral on social media, with some comparisons The story of the maid.
The woman, whose TikTok name is @newyorksurrogate, posted the photos to her account last week with the caption, “We did a ‘maternity’ shoot and it turned out amazing!”
The video garnered more than 4 million views and over 600,000 likes and thousands of comments, but the user has since disabled them.
But a still from the video, showing the surrogate in a red maxi dress cradling her baby bump while standing behind the couple in the background, was shared on Twitter over the weekend.
“This is some Handmaid stuff,” Bethany Mandel wrote alongside the picture in a tweet that has racked up more than 11,000 likes.
“The visuals of this are insane,” wrote one Twitter user in response.
“Can someone please put a white bonnet on the undercover abandoned pregnant woman acting as a uterus-on-legs-for-privileged-males,” added another.
Mandel’s commentary references Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel adapted into an acclaimed Hulu television series in which fertile women known as “handmaids” are forced to bear children for the ruling class in the dystopia of Gilead.
The story of the maid was brought in in response to many real-world events, including Friday’s stunning Supreme Court decision, which was overturned Roe v. Calf, which is expected to result in abortion being banned in about half of US states.
The red robes and winged white bonnets worn by the maids have also been adopted by women’s rights activists as a symbol of protest in recent years, with some wearing the outfits at demonstrations they have orchestrated roeis autumn.
However, the surrogate in the video has defended the shoot in videos posted to her account, saying it was her idea to be in the background of the photos.
“The maternity quote unquote, shooting was actually my idea. After all, it was something the fathers wanted too. They just hadn’t thought of it. They’re super happy we did it,” she said in a video.
“But I preferred to be in the background or to be out of focus. If you google surrogacy photoshoots, you will see something like this. It’s about the fathers. It’s about the baby. It’s not that it’s not about me at all, but it’s less about me. Thats how it works.”
In another video, she explained that she is not the birth mother of the baby she is carrying and that the couple is not adopting.
“I live in a state, New York State, that allows prenatal orders. So that means before the birth we get an order from the court that establishes the parents, those two fathers, as the legal parents and I’m not,” she said.
“So that was determined before birth. No adoption is required.”
She added: “I’m not the birth mother. In this surrogacy, these two fathers, one is the biological father and they used an egg donor to provide the egg. I’m just the bearer. So it’s not my egg, so don’t assume.”
news week contacted her for further comments.