Hand Maid's Tale on Feminism

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Feminism in The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood's novel, The Handmaid's Tale, looks at feminist issues in a fictional setting, that are based on historical events. In this novel, feminist theory is presented through the absence of equal rights, the prevalence of gender roles, and the control of sex and sexuality Feminist theory aims to understand the nature of gender inequality and focuses on gender politics, power relations and sexuality. Feminist political activism commonly campaign on issues such as reproductive rights, violence within a domestic partnership, maternity leave, equal pay, sexual harassment, discrimination and sexual violence.(EKU) The story is narrated by an oppressed woman named Offred, who lives during a totalitarian, dystopian future United States, called the Republic of Gilead. In Gilead, women are seen as property and are subordinate to men. Before the United States was turned into the Republic of Gilead by the Sons of Jacob, women had equal rights. But, even before the new order, women still had much to fear. They had freedom to do whatever they wanted, but rules were followed. There were unwritten rules that every woman knew, in order to protect themselves. I remember the rules, rules that were never spelled out but that every woman knew; don’t open your door to a stranger, even if he is the police. Make him slide his ID under the door. Don’t stop on the road to help a motorist pretending to be in trouble. Keep the locks on and keep going. If anyone whistles, don’t turn to look. Don’t go into a Laundromat by yourself, at night... Women were not protected then. (Atwood, 30) A totalitarian government now rules over the people of Gilead, and religious beliefs are more important then science and human rights. The utilitarian view of making as many people as happy as possible, is the most important goal. However, only men are really
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