EPISODES 1, 2, and 3
A NOTE: Everything shown in this TV show—and the original book is happening or has happened historically to women in real life.
If you find you need a real life example for something shown in the program, please feel free to ask me as I know a fair amount of women’s history and current events.
These items / themes are present in the book.
(If you haven’t read Margaret Atwood’s masterpiece, this list is a little spoiler-y, but does not tell you anything about the story itself.)
-brainwashing (religious, blaming the victim)
-infertility (this is shown in much more emotional detail than the book)
-state violence against women (laws, punitive punishment)
-sexual slavery (rape, aftermath of rape, and human trafficking)
-anti-LGBT+ laws, violence, language (it’s emotionally wrenching)
-deliberately circuitous language
-religion used as a reason for violence (sexual and physical)
-attempted baby theft
These items were not discussed / shown in the book (at all, or in other cases, mentioned but never discussed at length).
Again, spoiler-y, but this list will tell you little about the story.
- —paramilitary violence against protestors
-kidnapping of a child
-genital mutilation (implied)
-mistreatment of the mentally ill (coersion, violence)
-tagging (branding) of women
If I think of anything else that should be added to this list—or you do—please let me know.
As I watch each new episode, I will create a new post with content warnings and link it back to this one.