Imagine a world in which women are infertile and life depends on a select few to carry the ultimate task of bearing the children of the future. How would they be treated? Who would be in power? How would their life be valued in comparison to others?
These are questions one might face if we were to fall into such a disaster. In the world of the television series The Handmaid’s Tale, this is the exact premise. Most women have become infertile due to chemicals and such and now only a few are capable of bearing children.
This kind of world paired with a very hostile political climate cause for great tension and drama within this show. During a planned attack on Congress, most of the government was wiped out and as a result the country fell under Marshall Law. After this it was decreed that because of the chaos and infertility, due to the dire fate of humanity, women would be forced to relinquish their income to their husbands and/or next of kin and no longer would be allowed to work. Women would be forced based on their class division to either be basically trophy wives, servants, or hand maids (if they were capable of birth but not upperclass). Anyone goes against the tyranny would be subject to severe conditions.
To be gay for example would be considered one to be a gender traitor and therefore liable to receive punishment.
To be gay, defiant, a male feminist or anything else that would go against the new regime is under law possible to receive treatment or worse.
The Handmaid’s Tale paints this scary image of a future government that has become so backwards and basically cultish into a very graphic (albeit just a show) reality.
The Handmaid’s Tale has existed since the 80s and was written by Margaret Atwood, a Canadian author. The show has made some changes; For example taking creative liberties to give more background information for other characters to create more depth and changing the location and time period. But the story is still at its core the same dystopian nightmare it was before.
Considering the current climate of the United States, it’s a scary thought to imagine this as a possibility of where our country could end up. This version focuses more on the infertility and gender factors whereas other adaptations have had more focus on race as well as gender.
As the season pans out we will see more of how this future will unfold for Offred as she tries to survive a cruel new world and save her daughter from a terrible fate she’s come into. We’ll get more into this as the season unfolds.
7.5 out of 10, orange you glad this isn’t the world we live in?