Mercatornet: The Handmaid’s Tale: more sci-fi than believable dystopia

Posted By on May 15, 2017

The current Hulu remake of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, is getting rave reviews. But I passed on it.

Handmaids projects a Christian theocracy — the Republic of Gilead — that has replaced American democracy, and consigned women to their most reductive biological roles as forced breeders in a mysteriously infertile society. I’m interested in artistic dystopias — the word always associated with Handmaids — but science fiction, the genre to which this story more correctly belongs, isn’t for me.

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One Response to “Mercatornet: The Handmaid’s Tale: more sci-fi than believable dystopia”

  1. SusanneT says:

    I think the author is missing the point.

    This book was written by an ardent feminist who deliberately sought to discredit and ridicule the principles of Godly womanhood and the patriarchal Christian family by turning the Christian moral principles of modesty, submission and openness to the gift of life in marriage into symbols of misogynistic oppression.

    The devise of society wide infertility and the rape / fornication of handmaid and husband combined with the encumbent humiliation of the wives is all part of that narrative.