Why I'm afraid of the Handmaid's Tale


Now, this has been everywhere now and I'm a tad annoyed it took me so long to get on board. The Handmaid's Tale  is one of Charlie, Distracted's favourite books and she has been telling me to read it for years but I didn't pick it up until October last year. Fast forward to 2017 and everyone's talking about it again.

If you're not sure about what the Handmaid's Tale is (well, you should read it anyway), It's set in a Dystopian Future where women's money, livlihoods and, eventually, identities are stripped from them, all in the name of the 'greater good'.


The Republic of Gilead (former USA) is under the control of a Totlitarian Government, having overthrown the Democratic one before. The country is erily the same yet not at the same time. Spies (The Eyes) are watching every movement you make. There has been a drop in fertility and therefore a drop in childbirth. The women are blamed entirely for this. For their 'promiscuity', their general lifestyles, for being gay and so much more.

You look at situations like this and think 'that will never happen in the West'. What is shocking, is that makes it more shocking. It doesn't take away the reality of the world outside of our little corner. There are places in the world where FGM are practiced, women in Saudi Arabia were allowed to vote for the first time in 2015, there are countries in the east where women can't leave the house without their husbands and they can't drive. But it'll never happen in the West, never in our little bubble. Seeing it on our screens and hearing these things in English words make it real for us too, not just something halfway across the world.

I look at the handmaids tale and I realise that I already have more rights and priveledges than even my Grandmother before me (maybe even my mum, in some respects) and there's always a little niggle in the back of my head thinking 'what if they change their minds and this is all taken away?'. It's not an unrealistic thought to have, especially considering the state of the world right now.

My boyfriend doesn't really understand my feelings on this as it seems to farfetched. I think it could be too close to reality before we know it. That thought terrifies me.

We don't know when, how or if it would start bnt it would have happened before we have realised it. Everything we know and love can be swept away from uner our feet and we won't even see it coming.

Has the Handmaid's Tale impacted you as much as it has me? 

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