Margaret Atwoods Advice For Young Feminists: Be Informed, Be Aware

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Its an International Womens Day miracle! Margaret Atwood, writer of the classic feminist dystopiaThe Handmaids Tale, took to the internet today carrying endowments: A new teaser for the Hulu series modification of the book, a takeover of the series Instagram account, and a Reddit AMA bursting with feminist inspiration.

Over the course of her AMA, the speculative fiction doyenne offered Reddit users insights about her operate, the upcoming Handmaids Tale series, and the feminist struggle. A major topic of discussion was the dystopian novel timely due to both its soon-to-be-released TV version and the timeliness of the books events. The Handmaids Taletakes place in a future Northern america in which a theocratic government has impounded power and dramatically rolled back women rights.

April 1984, starting to type The Handmaids Tale in West Berlin. Margaret Atwood #HandmaidsTale

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Young feminists need to stay informed about threats to their rights.

In one answer, Atwood encouraged young women to be politically engaged a fitting message from the author of a volume thats had such a profound impact on many feminists today. Be advised, be aware, she wrote, urging feminists to tryto prevent the roll-back that is taking place especially in the area of womens health. Who knew that this would ever have to be defended? Childbirth care, pre-natal care, early childhood care many people will not even be able to afford any of it.

The consequences of women losing access to reproductive healthcare would be dire.

If these healthcare duels were to be lost, Atwood has become evident that the damage “wouldve been” severe: Dead torsoes on the flooring will result.

Sexual assault is still a problem, and we need to be able to defend ourselves.

There is the whole issue of sexual violence being used as control it is such an age-old theme. She proposed one concrete, practical step for women to take immediately: If I were a younger girl Id be taking a self-defense course, she advised. Its an unsettled time.

The dystopian world she created inThe Handmaids Taleseems increasingly possible here and now.

When one Reddit user ran in so far as to posit that the U.S. is basically on the road to becoming Gilead( the theocratic, patriarchal totalitarian country inThe Handmaids Tale ), Atwood didnt differ. I cannot tell you how strange this feelings, she acknowledged. I wrote the book be expected to fend it off, and I believe it is likely to be fended off: America is very diverse, a lot of people have been jolted out of political slumber and are paying attention, and the Constitution still stands.

Comparing the 2017 screen modification of the novel to a 1990 cinema version, she noted that times had changed: That world is closer now! […] then, many people were saying, It cant be happening. Now , not so much.

The Hulu series wont downplay the anti-woman dystopian themes.

During the AMA, she had high praise for the Hulu series, which she helped write and on which shes credited as a consulting producer. It moves farther than I did in the book, she revealed.

How precisely does it go farther? Lets just say: We cant wait to find out.