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So #HandmaidsTale is going to pretend that for hundreds of years the US didn't already have a practice of raping women and forcing them to reproduce to make their masters happy? They want to pretend this dystopia never already existed? I knew I avoided it this long for a reason.
It is essentially a replication of slavery:
1. A war being pivotal for a people's liberation (but with the opposite outcome).
2. Escaping to Canada as a means of emancipation.
3. Women being forced to sleep with their masters to have babies.
4. Maiming, dismemberment, and other forms of torture used to keep people in their place.
5. Being forced to wear particular clothes and hairstyles.
6. Black and tan, I mean, illegal parties where masters have their way.
7. Accomodating to structure to survive and resist.
8. Underground railroad.
9. Complicity and torture of master's wife.
10. Slave labor being central to the running of the household.
11. Forcing other slaves to witness torture a means to prevent resistance.
12. Mothers being ripped from their children.
And yet no mention whatsoever that all of these things already existed from before the founding of the country. Slavery provided a blueprint for #HandmaidsTale but somehow it's new.

Dystopia is not history. It's just history. Not so imaginative. #WhiteMediocrity perhaps?
They throw in a few POC as characters and that's supposed to make it diverse? Their writer's room must be absolute trash with no diversity besides a token with no power. What say you, @nancywyuen?
I'll keep watching it, but I know it's not very imaginative, just interesting to watch.

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