History YMMV / TheHandmaidsTale

19th Feb '17 6:24:57 PM jake38
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* {{Anvilicious}} / SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Religious fundamentalism can be just as oppressive as other forms of tyranny, and women deserve to be treated as equals.

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* {{Anvilicious}} / SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: {{Anvilicious}}: Religious fundamentalism can be just as oppressive as other forms of tyranny, and women deserve to be treated as equals.
5th Jan '17 3:12:36 PM Avenging-Hobbits
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* HarsherInHindsight: The destruction of the government is blamed on Muslim terrorists initially, giving far-right forces an excuse to declare martial law, suspend the Constitution, and institute their own perverse version of fundamentalist Christianity.
5th Jan '17 3:11:32 PM Avenging-Hobbits
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* {{Anvilicious}} / SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Religious fundamentalism can be just as oppressive as other forms of tyranny, and women deserve to be treated as equals rather than {{Baby Factor|y}}ies.

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* {{Anvilicious}} / SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Religious fundamentalism can be just as oppressive as other forms of tyranny, and women deserve to be treated as equals rather than {{Baby Factor|y}}ies.equals.
2nd Dec '16 4:18:19 PM hollowcity
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** Fridge Logic is easily explained by having an Unrealiable Narrator and the fact that it's highly implied throughout the book that the Republic is lying about almost everything to maintain some sort of semblance of function
8th Jul '16 9:57:51 PM Phys101
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*** In the book, it's mentioned that "the Children of Ham" are being sent to their homeland in North Dakota.
20th Apr '16 5:17:30 PM SCPIhpkmn
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** In addition, there's never any hint of action from the rest of the world regarding this- considering that any non-white, non-male, non-...whatever denomination of Christianity Gilead practices individual is either persecuted or executed, there must be some outcry from the rest of the world. At the very least, the UN would be giving the Republic of Gilead major sanctions for human rights violations.
27th Mar '16 3:27:31 AM WillBGood
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-->"But WHOSE fault was it?"
-->"Her fault. Her fault. Her fault."
-->"WHO led them on?"
-->"She did. She did. She did."
-->"And why would God allow such a terrible thing to happen?"
-->"Teach her a lesson. Teach her a lesson. Teach her a lesson."

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-->"But --->"But WHOSE fault was it?"
-->"Her --->"Her fault. Her fault. Her fault."
-->"WHO --->"WHO led them on?"
-->"She --->"She did. She did. She did."
-->"And --->"And why would God allow such a terrible thing to happen?"
-->"Teach --->"Teach her a lesson. Teach her a lesson. Teach her a lesson."
29th Feb '16 6:29:01 PM rememberthehood1941
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** Offred doesn't know what happened to [[AdultFear her husband and her daughter]], especially considering that before the rise of Gilead, the reader learns that a crazy woman tried to take Offred's the baby daughter from Offred's shopping cart when Offred had her back turned to get something off the shelves. ''Yikes''.
27th Dec '15 8:38:51 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ScifiGhetto: Margaret Atwood insists the book is SpeculativeFiction, but not ScienceFiction. "Science fiction has monsters and spaceships; speculative fiction could really happen." [[HilariousInHindsight The book won the first Arthur C. Clarke award in 1987.]]

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* ScifiGhetto: Margaret Atwood insists [[InsistentTerminology insists]] the book is SpeculativeFiction, but not ScienceFiction. "Science fiction has monsters and spaceships; speculative fiction could really happen." [[HilariousInHindsight The book won the first Arthur C. Clarke award in 1987.]]


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25th Jun '15 4:28:31 PM Ciara25
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** The whole concept of being a Handmaid. You're forcibly indoctrinated (including such charming little exercises as the one shown above) and then essentially passed around the upper echelons of the military. You're blamed if you're not fertile, even though it's most likely the men who own you that are sterile. If you don't manage to get pregnant with three successive households, you're declared defective and packed off to the colonies to die of radiation poisoning or slave labor. If you ''do'' actually manage to get pregnant ''and'' carry the child to term, it's taken away from you except for feeding times and, as soon as it's weaned, you're off to another family to start the whole miserable process over again.

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** The whole concept of being a Handmaid. You're forcibly indoctrinated (including such charming little exercises as the one shown above) and then essentially passed around the upper echelons of the military. military as a brood mare. Your very name is taken away from you, to be replaced with a designation of whatever man currently owns you, e.g. Offred, Ofwayne. You're blamed if you're not fertile, even though it's most likely the men ''men'' who own and use you that are sterile. If you don't manage to get pregnant with three successive households, you're declared defective and packed off to the colonies to die of radiation poisoning or slave labor. If you ''do'' actually manage to get pregnant ''and'' carry the child to term, it's taken away from you except for feeding times and, as soon as it's weaned, you're bundled off to another ''another'' family to start the whole miserable process all over again.
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