Dystopia Now

Not being one to watch TV, I note with interest a new show coming based on the book “The Handmaid’s Tale”. It’s a disturbing story on several levels, the low-lights of which are:

  • The United States is taken over by a “Christian Theocracy” via a revolution sparked by a staged attack which kills the President and most of congress.
  • In “restoring order”, the constitution is suspended and women’s rights are taken away. For example, they are forbidden to read.
  • More disturbingly, because of sterility from pollution and sexually transmitted diseases, a class of women known as “handmaids” are used by the ruling class in ritual sexual intercourse for reproduction.

Disturbing indeed. Where to start? Continue Reading →