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9th Jun '16 11:12:17 PM Morgenthaler
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14th May '16 3:13:38 AM Lanthorn
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In 2017 Creator/{{Hulu}} will debut a miniseries starring Creator/ElisabethMoss as Offred.
27th Mar '16 8:52:05 AM mlsmithca
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* SocietyMarchesOn: In TheEighties, when UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan seemed like the new eternal master of American politics, backed by a wide array of MoralGuardians and (seemingly) a huge tyrannical SilentMajority, the novel seemed frighteningly plausible. A few decades down the road, not so much. ([[{{YMMV}} Or maybe not,]] given some of the reactionary backlash against gay rights in the name of "religious freedom" as of 2016...)
* StateSec: [[strike: None]] [[BlatantLies All are safe]] under ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the]] [[FacelessEye Eyes]] [[SecretPolice of]] [[CorruptChurch God]]''.

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* SocietyMarchesOn: In TheEighties, when UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan seemed like the new eternal master of American politics, backed by a wide array of MoralGuardians and (seemingly) a huge tyrannical SilentMajority, the novel seemed frighteningly plausible. A few decades down the road, not so much. ([[{{YMMV}} Or (Or maybe not,]] not, given some of the reactionary backlash against gay rights in the name of "religious freedom" as of 2016...)
* StateSec: [[strike: None]] [[BlatantLies All are safe]] under ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the]] [[FacelessEye Eyes]] [[SecretPolice of]] [[CorruptChurch God]]''.
27th Mar '16 3:32:36 AM WillBGood
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* SocietyMarchesOn: In TheEighties, when UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan seemed like the new eternal master of American politics, backed by a wide array of MoralGuardians and (seemingly) a huge tyrannical SilentMajority, the novel seemed frighteningly plausible. A few decades down the road, not so much.

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* SocietyMarchesOn: In TheEighties, when UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan seemed like the new eternal master of American politics, backed by a wide array of MoralGuardians and (seemingly) a huge tyrannical SilentMajority, the novel seemed frighteningly plausible. A few decades down the road, not so much. ([[{{YMMV}} Or maybe not,]] given some of the reactionary backlash against gay rights in the name of "religious freedom" as of 2016...)
15th Mar '16 3:14:03 PM julio144
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** Speak for yourself. In fact, the state of American politics in 2016 makes the novel seem even more [[http://www.feedyourneedtoread.com/feature/gloria-steinem-on-the-handmaids-tale/ plausible]].
13th Mar '16 11:03:56 PM MsChibi
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* VirginInAWhiteDress: The virgin daughters of Gilead wear these until marriage, when they switch to blue (Wives) or multicolored (Econowives)
24th Jan '16 10:21:32 PM shamblingdead2
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* GirlOnGirlIsHot : Discussed. Moira refers to Jezebel's as "butch paradise," and the women can have sex, if they want.
--> Hell, they encourage it. Besides, it sort of turns (the commanders) on.
24th Jan '16 9:31:12 PM shamblingdead2
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** Speak for yourself. In fact, the state of American politics in 2016 makes the novel seem even more [[http://www.feedyourneedtoread.com/feature/gloria-steinem-on-the-handmaids-tale/ plausible]].
24th Jan '16 9:25:33 PM shamblingdead2
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** Many of the characters also have meaningful names. For example, Frederick means "Peace Ruler." Nicholas means Victory of the People (good name for a rebel). The Marthas are named for the biblical Martha (which means "Lady"), who cooked supper and fussed over guests while her sister Mary listened to Jesus. Moira is an Irish form of Mary, which means "bitter" and has many Biblical connections. In the first chapter, we're given the name [[spoiler: June. June is the month of marriages and named for the goddess Juno, who rules marriage and childbirth but is also a military symbol]].




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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield : The story is set in an unnamed American city, but certain clues point to it being Cambridge, Massachussetts.
16th Jan '16 3:14:08 AM Anddrix
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* LiteraryAllusionTitle: The book is named in the fashion of the stories from ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales''. [[ViewersAreMorons In case you didn't figure this out, it's explicitly spelled out in the epilogue]].

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* LiteraryAllusionTitle: The book is named in the fashion of the stories from ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales''. [[ViewersAreMorons In case you didn't figure this out, it's explicitly spelled out in the epilogue]].epilogue.
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