History YMMV / TheHandmaidsTale

25th May '17 8:47:32 AM Scandia
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** The American flag in Little America having blank stars representing the states currently occupied by Gilead, and filled white stars representing the remaining free states in the union.
24th May '17 1:20:58 PM Noraneko
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* ValuesDissonance: While there's nothing odd in the 20th and 21st centuries about portraying a woman pursuing her own desires by sleeping with a married man as positive (though it [[TheUnfairSex is not without]] [[GoodAdulteryBadAdultery its own negative implications]], it's not common for feminist works not to condemn a man who cheats on his wife or partner; as June is the narrator of the story, the text naturally has nothing negative to say about Luke's treatment of his first wife, thus portraying cheating on a woman as perfectly acceptable.

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* ValuesDissonance: While there's nothing odd in the 20th and 21st centuries about portraying a woman pursuing her own desires by sleeping with a married man as positive (though it [[TheUnfairSex is not without]] [[GoodAdulteryBadAdultery its own negative implications]], implications]]), it's not common for feminist works not to condemn a man who cheats on his wife or partner; as June is the narrator of the story, the text naturally has nothing negative to say about Luke's treatment of his first wife, thus portraying cheating on a woman as perfectly acceptable.
24th May '17 1:20:25 PM Noraneko
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* ValuesDissonance: While there's nothing odd in the 20th and 21st centuries about portraying a woman pursuing her own desires by sleeping with a married man as positive, it's not common for feminist works not to condemn a man who cheats on his wife or partner; as June is the narrator of the story, the text naturally has nothing negative to say about Luke's treatment of his first wife, thus portraying cheating on a woman as perfectly acceptable.

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* ValuesDissonance: While there's nothing odd in the 20th and 21st centuries about portraying a woman pursuing her own desires by sleeping with a married man as positive, positive (though it [[TheUnfairSex is not without]] [[GoodAdulteryBadAdultery its own negative implications]], it's not common for feminist works not to condemn a man who cheats on his wife or partner; as June is the narrator of the story, the text naturally has nothing negative to say about Luke's treatment of his first wife, thus portraying cheating on a woman as perfectly acceptable.
24th May '17 1:19:06 PM Noraneko
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** Not to mention that, though Atwood focuses on Christian fundamentalism, the themes ''have already happened'' for women in some countries such as Iran, which regressed from its more liberal ideas decades ago when taken over by religious (Muslim) fundamentalists. See NightmareFuel below.
22nd May '17 11:03:37 AM JamesAustin
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* {{Tearjerker}}: Plenty

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* {{Tearjerker}}: TearJerker: Plenty
21st May '17 1:20:17 PM RaustBD
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* {{Narm}}: The advertisements for the series have often used quotes calling the series and book "eerily relevant" and "more timely than ever", heavily implying they're referring to the election of the highly controversial Donald Trump. Given that the series is about an extremist misogynistic government turning women into ''breeding slaves'', this struck a lot of people [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment with all sorts of different opinions about the Trump Administration]] as being ''hilariously'' melodramatic and absurd.
21st May '17 11:06:24 AM StarSword
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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.

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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]].



--->"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 WHOSE fault was it?"
--->"Her
it?"\\
"Her
fault. Her fault. Her fault."
--->"WHO
"\\
"WHO
led them on?"
--->"She
on?"\\
"She
did. She did. She did."
--->"And
"\\
"And
why would God allow such a terrible thing to happen?"
--->"Teach
happen?"\\
"Teach
her a lesson. Teach her a lesson. Teach her a lesson."
20th May '17 7:54:32 AM CarolC
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** The manner in which the children of Gilead are revealed to the Ambassador for show and the Handmaids, many of them mothers, trying very hard not to look for their children's faces.

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** The manner in which the children of Gilead are revealed to the Ambassador for show and the Handmaids, many of them mothers, trying very hard not to look for their children's faces. [[spoiler: Knowing that the Handmaids could get trafficked to other countries adds to the horror as it appears the Handmaids were trying to get last glimpses of their children.]]
20th May '17 7:12:05 AM CarolC
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** The Handmaids all gathering around a sobbing Janine after her newborn has been handed to the arms of the Wife in charge.
19th May '17 7:28:38 AM Julia1984
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* ValuesDissonance: While there's nothing odd in the 20th and 21st centuries about portraying a woman pursuing her own desires by sleeping with a married man as positive, it's not common for feminist works not to condemn a man who cheats on his wife or partner; as June is the narrator of the story, the text naturally has nothing negative to say about Luke's treatment of his first wife, thus portraying cheating on a woman as perfectly acceptable.



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* NarmCharm:
** The slow-motion walk of Offred and the other Handmaid's at the end of "Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum" as Offred internally declares, "We are handmaids". Self-affirming while also cheesy.

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* NarmCharm:
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NarmCharm: The slow-motion walk of Offred and the other Handmaid's at the end of "Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum" as Offred internally declares, "We are handmaids". Self-affirming while also cheesy.
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