“Better never means better for everyone... It always means worse, for some.”
This is about the lies we tell ourselves to survive, to sleep at night, t“Better never means better for everyone... It always means worse, for some.”
This is about the lies we tell ourselves to survive, to sleep at night, to not scream.
Atwood utilizes the medium of sci-fi to create a terrifying world where heteronormativity has taken an even more extreme turn. In some ways it is not unlike life today or in the 1980's when she wrote it, and in other ways it haunts us with the what ifs and might bes of tomorrow. It strangles the life out women, it oppresses them in every sense of that word. It leaves women hating other women, hating their selves. And while some of that happens today, in this suspenseful and haunting tale, the stakes are much higher.
Power and control, control and power - what is the meaning of consent in a world where everything is controlled down to the what you can wear to when you can leave a room?
"Maybe none of this is about control. Maybe it isn't really about who can own whom, who can do what to whom and get away with it, even as far as death. Maybe it isn't about who can sit and who has to kneel or stand or lie down, legs spread open. Maybe it's about who can do what to whom and be forgiven for it.”
Yet it is a subtle change that makes drastic consequences - reading you can imagine how easily rights were lost and how it could happen at anytime, how it is happened before. “That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasn't even any rioting in the streets. People stayed home at night, watching television, looking for some direction. There wasn't even an enemy you could put your finger on.”
The protoganist in this story is not a rebel, she does not lead the resistance or wage war against the capital. Instead she is every woman - who resists where she can, grabbing tight to what she used to be and survives. That is another part that is so compelling about this tale, she is neither coward nor hero - she is real.
It is full of powerful quotes, ghastly imagery, and horrendous circumstances. Everyone needs to read this book. EVERYONE.
“The newspaper stories were like dreams to us, bad dreams dreamt by others. How awful, we would say, and they were, but they were awful without being believable. They were too melodramatic, they had a dimension that was not the dimension of our lives. We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”
And of course the most frightening part of Atwood's story is how realistic and probable it is.
What can I say? Goldman is an essential read for any feminist or rebel. I may not agree with every idea she raises, but I have a great deal of respectWhat can I say? Goldman is an essential read for any feminist or rebel. I may not agree with every idea she raises, but I have a great deal of respect for Goldman. Here you have speeches and essays by Goldman, that will get your critical thinking ticking - and that is one of the most important functions of your brain. ...more