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#300686 - 04/14/17 06:10 PM The Handmaid’s Tale is a chilling expansion on Margaret Atwood’s novel
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In recent months, The Handmaid’s Tale — Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel about a patriarchal future where fertile women are a tightly controlled commodity — has become more of a symbol than a piece of fiction. From a “Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again” sign at a protest to women protesting a restrictive abortion law in costume, it offers a form of protest that cuts straight to the misogynist thread in American populism. Hulu, which will premiere an adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale on April 26th, couldn’t have asked for better publicity.

But The Handmaid’s Tale is more than a political jab. In the first three episodes provided to reviewers, it’s a dystopia that manages to stand out in a television landscape already full of apocalypses and oppressive imaginary societies. It’s a colorful TV series about a woman negotiating domestic drama, and judging from its initial installments — all three of which will be released simultaneously on April 26th — it might be one of the darkest shows on television this year.

In both book and series, The Handmaid’s Tale takes place in the near future — in the book, the 1980s, and on the show, in the late 2010s. A fertility crisis has paved the way for Christian fundamentalists to seize power in the United States, founding a rigidly patriarchal theocracy called Gilead. Under Gilead’s police state, households are composed of high-status Wives; domestic Marthas; and the titular Handmaids, fertile women who are forced to bear children through ritualized sexual encounters with the household’s male “Commander.” One of those women is Offred (Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss), an ordinary 21st century working woman who’s now living in a surreal nightmare.

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#300688 - 04/14/17 07:37 PM Re: The Handmaid’s Tale is a chilling expansion on Margaret Atwood’s novel [Re: Golem]
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for Robertson it may be surreal, but for me I see the truth of it in the near future
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#300694 - 04/14/17 11:16 PM Re: The Handmaid’s Tale is a chilling expansion on Margaret Atwood’s novel [Re: rporter314]
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Originally Posted By: rporter314
for Robertson it may be surreal, but for me I see the truth of it in the near future

It's a work of fiction. The Christian Dominionists, Christian Reconstructionists, Chalcedon Foundation, etc, don't amount to much.

Now, I could tell you about something similar that exists right now, but I don't want to be called a bigot.

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#300699 - 04/15/17 01:11 PM Re: The Handmaid’s Tale is a chilling expansion on Margaret Atwood’s novel [Re: Golem]
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I am thinking of an extrapolation from the religious kernel as a driving force ... an example would be akin to Nazi Germany and its quasi-religious public gatherings ... watching the short fat nut in Korea and his loyal subjects ... does something like that exist in America?

Watching Mr Trump during the campaign sent chills down my spine ... but he is the blunt sword .... watch Sen Cruz work a crowd ... pure televangelist ... he makes religious extremism appear to be main street America

the extrapolation is far more sinister than mere religious quackery .... it is a gossamer veil long perpetrated to enhance religious positions prior to imposition. Consider the effect of the NRA campaign from 1978. Upon reaching the SC the conservative majority sided with an argument antithetical to the Founders intention. Likewise we will soon have religious cases presented to the SC based on 1st amendment considerations, also not the intention of the Founders, and who would believe the conservative court would vote against (Christian) religion? Consider Citizens United. etc

The foundations have been laid out for right wing theology to form the future foundation of government regulation and control of its citizens. There are people behind the curtain and they do not have your best interest at heart.
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