Donna Ferrato is an internationally acclaimed photojournalist known for her groundbreaking documentation of the hidden world of domestic violence. Her seminal book Living With the Enemy (Aperture, 1991) went into four printings and,...
"Young and fertile women are the ‘handmaids’, and they are required to live with important officials such as the Commander in chief. Every month, they undergo an impregnation ceremony. These women are also robbed of their maiden names." The Handmaids Tale
The most easily comprehensible references are the ways people are named in Gilead. Men are regarded as more important and respectable, namely ‘Guardians of the Faith’ or ‘Commanders of the Faithful’. Members of the police force are hailed as ‘Eyes of the Lord’. Soldiers who fight on the battlefields are called ‘Angels of the Apocalypse’.
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“Don't let the bastards grind you down.”
Complacency: Is that how we lived, then? But we lived as usual. Everyone does, most of the time. Whatever is going on is as usual. Even this is as usual, now. We lived, as usual, by ignoring. Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it. Nothing changes instantly: in a gradually heating bathtub you’d be boiled to death before you knew it.
Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale paints a picture of a dystopian society named the Republic of Gilead, where a bunch of religion-driven fascists take complete control and resort to unethical means to get what they want. In order to increase the number of white population, new laws are set which deprive the women in Gilead, of their rights and reduce their roles to mothers and servants.