Is the Handmaid’s Tale A Prediction?
In The Handmaid’s Tale Americans — and women especially — were gradually stripped of their rights, with little protest.
A small march here or there.
Is “The Handmaid’s Tale” a prediction?
Author Margaret Atwood is commonly asked that question.
Let’s say it’s an antiprediction: If this future can be described in detail, maybe it won’t happen.
With that in mind I have been heartened to witness and participate in the marches and town halls that have energized the American people since Trump’s election. Beginning the day after his election… roaring the day after the inauguration… and continuing in town halls everywhere.
As New York Magazine describes it,
In 1913, 8,000 women marched on Washington the day before Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration to demand the vote; in 1970, 20,000 women took to the streets to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. On January 21, somewhere between 3.2 and 5.2 million people participated in women’s marches in states and cities around the country.
That’s not an increase simply in line with population growth; proportionally, nearly 50 times more Americans demonstrated on behalf of women in January (2017) than did in 1970.
We are having an effect.
Yes, election day was a wake up call.
Hoping for better vision in 2020.
Posted on May 12, 2017, in politics/class inequality, reproductive rights, sexism and tagged Is “The Handmaid’s Tale” a prediction?, The Handmaid's Tale, women's march. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.