Monday, October 27, 2008

The Handmaiden's Tale

In the middle of the night I awoke with the dreadful feeling that perhaps Margaret Atwood's (1985) novel was prescient. The Handmaiden's Tale is set in the former United States,now known as the Republic of Gilead. The culture wars have been won by the Religious Right and our government is an extreme nightmare for feminists and others; it is an monotheocratic government. Women are strictly controlled, unable to have paying jobs or money . There are three classes of women: chaste, childless Wives; housekeeping Marthas; and the reproductive Handmaids, whose children are raised by the "morally fit" Wives.

We are tittering on the brink:
There is still talk of a constitutional amendment to recognize only marriages between one man and one woman (Palen supports this amendment as does W).
Women who are collecting welfare are to be educated to see marriage as the way out of poverty, and until that marriage are to be abstinent. (See the Personal Responsibility Act of 1996,)
McCain snares over the fact that the "health of the mother" might be a legitimate reason for terminating a pregnancy.
Voters in Colorado next week will decide if fertile eggs are entitled to Colorado constitutional protections of inalienable rights and justice.
The CDC has issued statements about what are the health risks all women of child bearing age should avoid. (Even googling "CDC Healthy Females", Google asks me if I really meant "CDC Healthy FAMILIES" women are being literally subordinated...

He 'snares' at that idea because "health of the mother", in Obama's view, would likely include "if senior prom conflicts with the child's due date".
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