The coronavirus crisis is being used in order to further limit reproductive rights and bodily sovereignty in the United States. Reading Atwood’s novel through the lens of the novel coronavirus makes it feel like there’s no real novelty here.
“I’m a child of an immigrant and a child from poverty. I’m a woman who’s been through various forms of abuse. I know that those mind games of making something beautiful out of ugly is what I do for a living. I want the world to feel that.”
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The thumbnail of Retro Reports’ mini-doc for The New York Times, “The Fight Over Women’s Bodies,” is a still shot of women dressed in red robes and bonnets a la the concubines in The Handmaid’s Tale.
Any dystopia that I try to imagine to write about as part of a science fiction future draws from a documented history of the abuse of women in nearly every culture.
The parallels between Margaret Atwood’s dystopia and our own reality have become crystal clear—and Handmaids across the country are rising up to sound the alarm.
More than 30 years after its original publishing, as our own government systematically strips rights from women, we revisit Margaret Atwood’s vision in The Handmaid’s Tale. We heed her warning.
At the heart of Margaret Atwood’s book lies a biblical story that provided blueprints for a patriarchal dystopia.