Isn't It Relevant That the Star of The Handmaid's Tale Belongs to a Secretive, Allegedly Oppressive Religion? 

The Handmaid’s Tale is one of the finest dystopian novels ever written, and it is, inescapably and fundamentally, about women’s oppression under an ultra-conservative regime. The much-anticipated Hulu series based on the book doesn’t shy away from the original subject matter; it couldn’t, really, and remain the …

The Misogynist Future of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale Feels Terrifyingly Within Reach

In the first couple episodes of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, there are two aerial shots depicting the handmaids, dressed in vibrant scarlet, flocking together in an animalistic swarm. The first is when they murder an accused rapist at the behest of their totalitarian government. The second is when one of their own has…

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The Bastards Cannot Grind The Handmaid's Tale Down (or Get It Off the Best Sellers List)

With the first full length trailer for Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale debuting during Sunday night’s Super Bowl, Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel about a hyper-patriarchal society in which fertile woman are forced to be handmaids (i.e. sex slaves) to society’s elite has—like the the Republic of Gilead…

Margaret Atwood & Others Draw Criticism for Signing a Letter Supporting a Writer Accused of Sexual Assault

Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, and a number of well-known Canadian authors have drawn the ire of the Canadian literary community after signing an open letter addressed to the University of British Columbia. The letter concerns the firing of former UBC Creative Writing chair and best-selling writer Steven Galloway…