Comparing The Handmaid's Tale And Life For Women

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“All the Chilling Parallels Between 'The Handmaid's Tale' and Life for Women in Trump's America” explores the idea that women’s roles in society are being limited in a way that provides a current analytical perspective of women’s oppression by the men involved in the government in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Women’s economic independence being controlled by the government, which consists of predominantly males, is strikingly similar to the way men regulate women’s economic autonomy in The Handmaid’s Tale. In today’s society, discrimination against women involved in the workforce is obvious considering “the median income of women working full-time, year-round in the U.S. was just 79 percent of what men earned” and the wage gap is …show more content…

Currently, an increasing number of states in the US are requiring counseling before abortions that provide “inaccurate and unsubstantiated information about a link between abortion and breast cancer, fetal pain, and/or negative psychological effects” (Moscatello web). In Gilead, women are not allowed to read; therefore, the men are taking away their right to information, which is how the men are able to maintain control over the people. If the government can control what women can and cannot find out, then they can ultimately control bodies, also. In both the novel and the US now, women do not have as much control over their bodies as they should. In February 2017, a bill was signed “requiring women seeking an abortion to get written consent from the man who impregnated her” before she can even go to the clinic to set a date for the procedure (Moscatello web). In the novel, handmaids are required to reproduce with their commanders in a ritual that involves no love or intimacy; therefore, having intimate or sexual relationships with other men outside of their designated commanders are illegal and punishable by death. By putting restrictions on what women can and cannot do with their bodies, the government is able to limit more of the women’s freedoms they would typically have in society. Although The Handmaid’s Tale is a fictional novel, its portrayal of the oppression of women and the limits on women’s rights is very similar to some of the issues concerning women’s rights in today’s

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