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Feminist Turn on Margaret Atwood

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the Handmaid’s Tale – a classic book written by acclaimed author Margaret Atwood and turned in to an award-winning TV show by Hulu.

Over the past year, feminists have been using the show as a cautionary tale of what America is becoming at the hands of conservative men who just won’t stay out of their uteri. Some have even staged protests, dressed as handmaids from the show.

 

But now, in the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement, Atwood has had some very sane things to say about due process. In her op-ed in Sunday’s Globe and Mail, Atwood, she states:

My fundamental position is that women are human beings, with the full range of saintly and demonic behaviours this entails, including criminal ones. They’re not angels, incapable of wrongdoing. If they were, we wouldn’t need a legal system.

Nor do I believe that women are children, incapable of agency or of making moral decisions. If they were, we’re back to the 19th century, and women should not own property, have credit cards, have access to higher education, control their own reproduction or vote.

Furthermore, I believe that in order to have civil and human rights for women there have to be civil and human rights, period, including the right to fundamental justice, just as for women to have the vote, there has to be a vote.

Then goes on to talk about her support of due process because of some claims made against a Professor in British Columbia:

A fair-minded person would now withhold judgment as to guilt until the report and the evidence are available for us to see. We are grownups: We can make up our own minds, one way or the other. The signatories of the UBC Accountable letter have always taken this position. My critics have not, because they have already made up their minds.

…they are just feeding into the very old narrative that holds women to be incapable of fairness or of considered judgment, and they are giving the opponents of women yet another reason to deny them positions of decision-making in the world.

A common sense approach to the situation, but feminists weren’t having it, torching one of their idols because she wouldn’t fall in line with the rest of their hive mindedness.

Always an interesting time when feminists decide to turn on their own, especially when it’s someone so revered in the movement at Atwood.

-K

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Handmaid’s Tale Inspires Handmaid’s Coalition

You may have read about the recent protests at several state capitals and in Washington D.C. where women are dressing up as characters from Hulu’s popular new show, The Handmaid’s Tale. Inspired by the book of the same name, the show portrays women in a very negative light and they’re reduced to nothing more than baby machines.

(We wrote about the show earlier this year on Politically Slanted and if you missed it, you can read it here.)

Well, now a new organization called the Handmaid’s Coalition has formed. According to their web site , their mission is “to combat misogyny and oppression in legislation and government policy targeting the disenfranchised groups society would seek to ‘other'” and their vision is “to usher in, for the first time in American history, a political era in which all groups are equally and fairly represented in the political sphere. Whether man or woman, gay or straight, black or white, cisgender or trans, etc., all should have an equal voice in America.” The coalition will be focusing on state and local issues.

Women can join local chapters and even though the site just launched, there are already several state chapters up and running. Women are also invited to share their own “tales” on the site and there are even men sharing stories of how they participated in protests – one particular contributor refers to himself as “The Manmaid.”

They’ve even put together an extensive guide on how to sew the costume and things to know before you protest.

This, folks, is where today’s feminist agenda has gone. The left has done such a good job of scaring women into thinking politicians are trying to trying to take away their birth control, sexual freedom and independence that they’re now resorting to dressing up like fictional characters to protest a non-issue.

The GOP has become the big bad simply because we believe women ought to pay for their own contraceptives and accept responsibility that comes along with having sex (i.e. – babies).

Women in America are not oppressed and their rights are not being stripped away. Maybe the Handmaid protesters ought to start marching for women in Muslim countries who know what real oppression is like.

-K

 

Women Dressed as Handmaids Protest Anti-Abortion Laws at Texas Capital

Wendy Davis is at it again. Today in Austin, Texas a group of women dressed as handmaids from the popular Handmaid’s Tale book/TV show staged a protest against anti-abortion bills. The protest was organized by Davis’ group, Deeds Not Words and NARAL of Texas.

During the protest, which was live streamed on Facebook (and can be viewed below), the women are shown holding signs with political protest statements about money being given to “fake health care clinics”, the 24 hr. waiting period for abortions and forced sonograms. The biggest and boldest sign declared “NO MORE ABORTION RESTRICTIONS. NONE!”

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The three young ladies in the middle each read stories of how Planned Parenthood saved lives. One was in high school with two children already and couldn’t “bear to give birth again. I didn’t want to be pregnant. I didn’t want to have another baby.”

Another was raped on a date in high school and when she discovered she was pregnant, her only thought “was to kill myself because I didn’t have any other option. Thankfully, I had a strong, supportive mother who took me to get an abortion. I made a decision to save a life – mine.”

I. Me. Mine.

Abortion is all about the woman and what SHE wants, with no regards to the other human life growing inside her. To the pro-choice movement, innocent babies don’t matter because they aren’t born and therefore aren’t considered people even though science will tell you they share the same DNA as you and I.

Shame on these women and shame on America for continuing to let it happen.

-K

Let’s Talk About “The Handmaid’s Tale”

This week Hulu released the first three episodes of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Based on the book by Margaret Atwood, the series is set in a future dystopian United States which is now called Gilead. The country has been stricken with an infertility crisis and population is rapidly declining. The women who are deemed fertile have been rounded up and forced into sex slavery to bear children for the elite rulers whose wives are barren.

The patriarchy and theocracy have taken over in a return to traditional values and women’s roles in society have been reduced to bearing children, cooking, cleaning, shopping and remaining meek. They are not allowed to read, travel alone and there are eyes watching them everywhere to make sure they behave.

The main protagonist, Offred (played by Elizabeth Moss), was once a successful, happily married woman with a daughter but after the infertility crisis, the original Constitution was amended and women were stripped of all rights. Her bank account was frozen and she was fired from her job. Since she was still able to bear children, she was violently taken from her family and thrust into her new role as a handmaiden for The Commander and his wife.

The theocrats at the top claim that God sent the plague to punish society for the use of birth control, the morning after pill and abortion. Rape is the woman’s fault because she led the man on and women who embrace sexual freedom are called “sluts” and “dirty women.” The women who were in academia were rounded up and sent to “the colonies” where they work to their death because they dared to think for themselves.

Gay people are also looked down upon and are called “gender traitors.” Most are hung but the fertile lesbians are mutilated so they can’t enjoy sex but can still bear children.

Since the show’s debut, feminists have been praising it for drawing attention to what’s going on currently in the fight for reproductive rights under the Trump administration. Just this week there was a piece in The New Yorker titled “We Live in the Reproductive Dystopia of The Handmaid’s Tale.” The article draws comparisons between the book/show and what it calls a Republican, religious, misogynist assault on women’s reproductive rights in 2017.

I hate to break it to the author (and the feminists on social media) but there is no war on women’s reproductive rights. Republican’s don’t want to take away your birth control or access to health care. What they DO want to do is grant the same human rights you and I enjoy to the unborn, who are every bit as human as you or I.

While the show is incredibly well done and the story intriguing, it also makes a lot of digs at Christianity and the misconception of how women are treated within the church. And if someone watching “The Handmaid’s Tale” truly thinks the church wants to send women back to the 1800s, they obviously have a very skewed view of religion. The way Offred and the other women are treated align more with Islam than Christianity but it’s doubtful the left will even see the parallels there and instead will choose to point a finger at the Christian church and scream “this is what’s going to happen to you if you refuse to pay for our birth control and abortions.”

According to people who have read the book, the resistance is coming on the show. I’m looking forward to seeing how it all plays out and what other misconceptions about conservatives the plot will bring.

-K