History YMMV / TheHandmaidsTale

21st Aug '17 9:17:14 PM hollowboy
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*** The fourth episode mentions the UN discussing sanctions as well.
21st Aug '17 9:08:57 PM hollowboy
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* {{Padding}}: The repetition and lengthy atmospheric descriptions can seem like this, particularly to readers already familiar with the genre
30th Jul '17 2:06:19 PM DavidDelony
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** In 2017, researchers found that [[https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sperm-count-dropping-in-western-world/ sperm counts had dropped by almost 50 percent over 40 years in the Western world]].

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** In 2017, researchers found that [[https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sperm-count-dropping-in-western-world/ sperm counts had dropped by almost 50 percent over 40 years in the Western world]].world]], with environmental pollutants as one possible contributor.
30th Jul '17 2:04:45 PM DavidDelony
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* HarsherInHindsight: ''The Handmaid's Tale'' was, of course, written as an incredibly {{Anvilicious}} social commentary on Christian fundamentalism. But the horrible thing is that there ''are'' real-life political figures of some influence who ''actually'' advocate things far too close to Gilead for comfort--As latterly proved by William S. Lind, advisor and speechwriter to presidential candidate Gary Hart, originator of the "Cultural Marxism" meme, and later a major "Alt-Right" figure who has been seen with Donald Trump. In 2014, he published ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', a manifesto-''cum''-survivalist novel which seems almost to be cribbing details of its plot right out of Atwood's story: From the entire US Government killed in a suspicious-looking terrorist attack and far-right militiamen taking over to liberal professors massacred, traditional dress codes enforced, women banned from the public sphere and feminists literally re-educated to become war brides and/or condemned to sexual slavery as punishment for their sins. Unlike Atwood, however, Lind considers the resulting society [[ValuesDissonance a desirable utopia]], and consequently portrays the fundamentalist militiamen as unadulterated heroes, with their victims vile villains who deserve all they get and more. It's even down to really specific details-he, like Gilead, supports death by hanging. On the flipside, women have recently started to {{cosplay}} as Handmaids [[http://culturess.com/2017/03/21/cosplay-protest-women-dressed-handmaids-took-texas-senate/ as political protest]].

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* HarsherInHindsight: HarsherInHindsight:
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''The Handmaid's Tale'' was, of course, written as an incredibly {{Anvilicious}} social commentary on Christian fundamentalism. But the horrible thing is that there ''are'' real-life political figures of some influence who ''actually'' advocate things far too close to Gilead for comfort--As latterly proved by William S. Lind, advisor and speechwriter to presidential candidate Gary Hart, originator of the "Cultural Marxism" meme, and later a major "Alt-Right" figure who has been seen with Donald Trump. In 2014, he published ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', a manifesto-''cum''-survivalist novel which seems almost to be cribbing details of its plot right out of Atwood's story: From the entire US Government killed in a suspicious-looking terrorist attack and far-right militiamen taking over to liberal professors massacred, traditional dress codes enforced, women banned from the public sphere and feminists literally re-educated to become war brides and/or condemned to sexual slavery as punishment for their sins. Unlike Atwood, however, Lind considers the resulting society [[ValuesDissonance a desirable utopia]], and consequently portrays the fundamentalist militiamen as unadulterated heroes, with their victims vile villains who deserve all they get and more. It's even down to really specific details-he, like Gilead, supports death by hanging. On the flipside, women have recently started to {{cosplay}} as Handmaids [[http://culturess.com/2017/03/21/cosplay-protest-women-dressed-handmaids-took-texas-senate/ as political protest]].


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** In 2017, researchers found that [[https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sperm-count-dropping-in-western-world/ sperm counts had dropped by almost 50 percent over 40 years in the Western world]].
27th Jul '17 4:59:31 PM creader
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* MoodWhiplash:
** A more meta example while watching the series. The ads for women's clothing and alcohol are a real whiplash after watching the show.
** The pattern of episodes ending with upbeat music, that's usually chosen to be ironic in a very on-the-nose way, has had mixed reception from critics due to inducing this.
24th Jul '17 9:36:40 AM M4r4
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* HarsherInHindsight: ''The Handmaid's Tale'' was, of course, written as an incredibly {{Anvilicious}} social commentary on Christian fundamentalism. But the horrible thing is that there ''are'' real-life political figures of some influence who ''actually'' advocate things far too close to Gilead for comfort--As latterly proved by William S. Lind, advisor and speechwriter to presidential candidate Gary Hart, originator of the "Cultural Marxism" meme, and later a major "Alt-Right" figure who has been seen with Donald Trump. In 2014, he published ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', a manifesto-''cum''-survivalist novel which seems almost to be cribbing details of its plot right out of Atwood's story: From the entire US Government killed in a suspicious-looking terrorist attack and far-right militiamen taking over to liberal professors massacred, traditional dress codes enforced, women banned from the public sphere and feminists literally re-educated and enslaved as punishment for their sins. Unlike Atwood, however, Lind considers the resulting society [[ValuesDissonance a desirable utopia]], and consequently portrays the fundamentalist militiamen as unadulterated heroes, with their victims vile villains who deserve all they get and more. It's even down to really specific details-he, like Gilead, supports death by hanging. On the flipside, women have recently started to {{cosplay}} as Handmaids [[http://culturess.com/2017/03/21/cosplay-protest-women-dressed-handmaids-took-texas-senate/ as political protest]].

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* HarsherInHindsight: ''The Handmaid's Tale'' was, of course, written as an incredibly {{Anvilicious}} social commentary on Christian fundamentalism. But the horrible thing is that there ''are'' real-life political figures of some influence who ''actually'' advocate things far too close to Gilead for comfort--As latterly proved by William S. Lind, advisor and speechwriter to presidential candidate Gary Hart, originator of the "Cultural Marxism" meme, and later a major "Alt-Right" figure who has been seen with Donald Trump. In 2014, he published ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', a manifesto-''cum''-survivalist novel which seems almost to be cribbing details of its plot right out of Atwood's story: From the entire US Government killed in a suspicious-looking terrorist attack and far-right militiamen taking over to liberal professors massacred, traditional dress codes enforced, women banned from the public sphere and feminists literally re-educated and enslaved to become war brides and/or condemned to sexual slavery as punishment for their sins. Unlike Atwood, however, Lind considers the resulting society [[ValuesDissonance a desirable utopia]], and consequently portrays the fundamentalist militiamen as unadulterated heroes, with their victims vile villains who deserve all they get and more. It's even down to really specific details-he, like Gilead, supports death by hanging. On the flipside, women have recently started to {{cosplay}} as Handmaids [[http://culturess.com/2017/03/21/cosplay-protest-women-dressed-handmaids-took-texas-senate/ as political protest]].
17th Jul '17 6:53:30 PM AdelePotter
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* {{Anvilicious}}: Religious fundamentalism can be just as oppressive as other forms of tyranny, and women deserve to be treated as equals. Especially so in the west, where women are treated as equals. Would be less anvilicious in a country where women are actually oppressed.

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* {{Anvilicious}}: Religious fundamentalism can be just as oppressive as other forms of tyranny, and women deserve to be treated as equals. Especially so in the west, where women are treated as equals. Would be less anvilicious in a country where women are actually oppressed.
17th Jul '17 6:49:12 PM Seth_Phoenix2000
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* {{Anvilicious}}: 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}}: Religious fundamentalism can be just as oppressive as other forms of tyranny, and women deserve to be treated as equals. Especially so in the west, where women are treated as equals. Would be less anvilicious in a country where women are actually oppressed.
10th Jul '17 12:53:21 PM DavidDelony
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** Tyranny doesn't happen all at once. It happens by those in power introducing small changes that people accept as normal until it's too late, or slowly boiling the proverbial frog.
9th Jul '17 5:36:26 PM Phys101
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* FridgeLogic: The majority of the men in this society are a) armed and b) do not fexpect to have a chance at a woman -- read: any legal sexual outlet whatsoever -- unless they're really, really lucky because those government-run brothels are only for the high-ranking members of the government and foreign officials. Gilead shouldn't have lasted seven weeks, let alone seven years.

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* FridgeLogic: The majority of the men in this society are a) armed and b) do not fexpect expect to have a chance at a woman -- read: any legal sexual outlet whatsoever -- unless they're really, really lucky because those government-run brothels are only for the high-ranking members of the government and foreign officials. Gilead shouldn't have lasted seven weeks, let alone seven years.
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