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Monday, September 18, 2017

Why it is both a triumph and a tragedy that “The Handmaid’s Tale” is such a success this year

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 11:33 AM

While I am happy to see that the TV series based on the powerful Margaret Atwood novel won top honor at the Emmy’s, I am uncomfortable with the fact that even after 30 years, the story is both still relevant and frighteningly close to reality.

I discovered the novel in the 1990s, and was struck by the truths it told. And, like much of the best SF, the warnings in the novel have largely been ignored by society.

It almost seems as though now, in 2017, more men with hearts of stone would seek to control the lives of women - men who seem to view women as little more than brood mares, who need the guidance of strong, moral men to find their place in society.

I have much malarkey about The Handmaid’s Tale this morning, some of which asks if the show will change people’s thinking. Gee, I dunno.

Did the movie? Did the novel? Not only did this country elect Donald Trump in 2016, but we also - mainly through people being too damn lazy to vote - managed to elect multiple state legislatures who seem to feel that controlling women’s sexuality should be at the top of their To Do list.

So no, I’m guessing that the series will find the usual share of supporters and detractors as other such efforts have in the past. And, of course, many will condemn the TV series/movie/novel without experiencing a moment of any of them.

I have seen more than a few angry comments this morning charging that the program has more to do with Sharia Law than fundamentalist Christianity, thus proving once again that the Old Testament may be popular with some in theory, they may not actually have much actual working knowledge of it.

Which doesn’t mean we can’t hope. We can buy the book for those who can still master material more taxing than a Facebook meme. Buy the movie for someone. Turn a friend or casual acquaintance on to the TV series.

I guess that I am of two minds about this. On one hand I am glad that the work is being honored. On the other hand, well, we didn’t learn a whole lot from George Orwell’s 1984, did we?

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Today’s Soundtrack

Today’s blog was brought to courtesy of the soundtrack to “Veronica Guerin,” which features the always excellent Sinead O’Connor and her rendition of “One More Day.”

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Now on YouTube - Jori Costello: The Studio Sessions

A collection of songs from Ms. Jori Costello, all performed at Fayetteville Public Television.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6gXQ9HHU_g

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Quote of the Day

You should protest about the views of people you disagree with over major moral issues, and argue them down, but you should not try to silence them, however repugnant you find them. That is the bitter pill free speech requires us to swallow. - Julian Baggini

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