Trump Isn't Just Like 'The Handmaid's Tale,' Part 346

Activists dressed as characters from "The Handmaid's Tale" chant in the Texas Capitol Rotunda, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Austin. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The election of Donald J. Trump and the premiere of the Hulu original series The Handmaid’s Tale were coincidental; it takes too long for television shows to be developed for it to be otherwise. It’s not surprising, however, that the dystopian tale of a theocratic government has been used frequently to make political propaganda by the movement founded by Saul Alinsky.


Apparently life under Trump is just like being raped and enslaved to produce children, guys:

Borrowing from the imagery of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a Hulu TV series that started in April, activists dressed as handmaids are providing perverse optics at demonstrations for women’s rights at state houses across the country. Quiet and demure, they mimic the women forced to bear children for a childless elite in a theocratic dystopia envisioned by Margaret Atwood’s 1985 book, which returned to the bestseller list after the bruising gender wars of the 2016 election.

“That’s why it’s such a perfect visual for this — because you see these women who are completely hidden,” said coordinator Emily Morgan, a 33-year-old mother who lives in Milford, N.H. “That is how they would have us, if they could, really and truly.”

A trio of handmaids, heads bowed, provided a backdrop for Morgan and other demonstrators this month at the New Hampshire State House, where they called for the resignation of a legislator they accused of condoning rape culture.

Now, bear in mind that the protest here is because a state representative contributed to a Men’s Rights Activist website. So he was presented as desiring to enslave women as brood mares.


Whether he was guilty or not is irrelevant. What is relevant is this idea that The Handmaid’s Tale has any bearing on the governance of the United States of America — because literally every other country, all of them lacking a First Amendment at the very least, is a closer analogy for The Handmaid’s Tale.

Literally no one in elected office or in any position of authority anywhere in the United States is advocating to enslave women. Except for advocates of Sharia, like Linda Sarsour, leader of the Women’s March.


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