Published On: Thu, Jul 11th, 2019

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ has a black people problem and its name is June

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Dystopian fiction is by definition a showcase of the worst case scenario. To write it, creators must take horrible realities and stretch them to their logical, if pessimistic, conclusion. In a lot of ways The Handmaid’s Tale does dystopia fairly well — it draws upon modern misogyny, extremist pseudo-Christian ideology, and observable human rights abuses and imagines a world where all of society is governed by those terms. 

The problem with writing a dystopia is that worst case scenarios are subjective. Everyone’s nightmare looks different to the person standing next to them. Margaret Atwood, who wrote The Handmaid’s Tale book even has a quote that speaks directly to this concept: “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”  Read more…

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