Gilead is a fictional place. But if it exists, it’s found in a country like Saudi Arabia, where women are trapped under sharia law and punished for wearing miniskirts.
Both feminists and fundamentalists try to build a comprehensive account of womanhood using a radically incomplete set of parts.
Learn to sew.
Abortion advocates have been dressing up as handmaidens from “The Handmaid’s Tale” to protest restrictions on abortion in statehouses in Texas, Missouri, and now Ohio.
What if it already has happened here, and we didn’t notice because we focused on ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’s’ religious hang-ups rather than its comments on the intersection of politics and sexuality?
Even though I expected from ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ a battle cry for the resistance movement, instead the program supports an inheritance of life that enhances the plot.
The film doesn’t really do full justice to its source material. But it’s still highly watchable, and succeeds as a powerful conversation starter.
Margaret Atwood’s novel condemns the fundamentalist vices of the Right, just as Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ addressed perilous tendencies of the Left.
I was most excited to see Evelyn Waugh, author of Brideshead Revisited and Scoop, one of my favorite novels ever, sneaking in at #97.
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