…and somehow it’s the talking point du jour because even though it’s based on a 30-year-old novel it happens to be so timely! Because it’s exactly like what Trump is doing to America, because Christians.
It happens I have a copy of the original Handmaid’s Tale and wasn’t able to sustain interest for more than about ten pages, so I don’t have a lot of opinion about the book and none at all about the TV show. And I’m even a little fuzzy about the buzz, because I haven’t been internetting much this past week. But I did get a distinct whiff of conflation between Christianity and the Trump administration: Fear of.
As I understand it, The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a dystopian theocracy where women have the right to be submissive, obedient and demure and no other rights at all, and where the hopefully still-fertile ones are assigned as sex slaves to well-placed men. I won’t say that’s not a Trumpian fantasy because I don’t know and don’t want to know what goes on inside that man’s head, but it doesn’t seem to match anything he came out and said. And he said a lot.
Except for the submissive and obedient part (and – clears throat nervously – no offense but has that ever happened? Ever?) it’s not remotely anything Christians would put up with in their doctrine, and people, I’ve known some of the wackier Christians. Uh uh.
In fact if we’re coming up with scary misogyny scenarios based on out-of-control religions, there is this one religion that…um…oh, but that’s the religion of peace and tolerance. We must embrace and accept that religion, or we’re evil. Intolerant. Dare I say Trumpian.
So…I guess I don’t get what all the quacking is about, is all I’m saying.