Let’s Talk About “The Handmaid’s Tale”

A great alternative viewpoint of the Handmaid’s Tale.

Politically Slanted

This week Hulu released the first three episodes of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Based on the book by Margaret Atwood, the series is set in a future dystopian United States which is now called Gilead. The country has been stricken with an infertility crisis and population is rapidly declining. The women who are deemed fertile have been rounded up and forced into sex slavery to bear children for the elite rulers whose wives are barren.

The patriarchy and theocracy have taken over in a return to traditional values and women’s roles in society have been reduced to bearing children, cooking, cleaning, shopping and remaining meek. They are not allowed to read, travel alone and there are eyes watching them everywhere to make sure they behave.

The main protagonist, Offred (played by Elizabeth Moss), was once a successful, happily married woman with a daughter but after the infertility crisis, the original Constitution…

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