Rebuttals of the week #10: Dear all feminists… The Handmaid’s Tale isn’t happening to you.

It seems the new TV version of Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood’s book The Handmaid’s Tale  is severing what remaining threads once linked ‘progressives’ and feminists in Australia to reality.

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Emma : To all the men thinking the story is far fetched; it isn’t. Women have not had rights for that long a period of time, we are still fighting for equal rights. In a lot of countries still women are oppressed. It is scary to us women, for if the government really wanted they could take – and are trying to take away the rights to our own bodies – our rights any time they want. Men would not understand that fear.

Going to Getugly: Emma, what do you mean “Women have not had rights for that long a period of time”? Do you think they were kept in cages or something until just before you were born? If you actually believe that in this era of gender equity quotas, calls for laws requiring gender parity in boardrooms, an era in which condemning men collectively for their ‘male privilege’ is common and acceptable, an era in which dozens of people on this thread alone don’t hesitate to parrot the fashionable slogan ‘old white men’ as a pejorative because it’s perfectly acceptable in our society to single out people based on their race and gender for collective denunciation and social shunning as long a they belong to this one category….

Sharon K: How unusual that a middle aged white Man doesn’t understand female repression. I’m stunned!

Joe McD: It looks so sad to see old white men insisting that women aren’t in danger of being oppressed. I’m guessing you’re not much of a student of history or politics in your spare time.

Kim Ro: Another white middle aged male mansplaining to women what/how the should feel/experience so predictable.

Nicolette A: But hey, freely tell me about how it sucks for white men because trans people are using the toilet they identify with

… If in an era where all of that is commonplace and in which mainstream politicians are terrified of appearing to be out of step with fashionable identity politics… if you can still believe that governments are targeting women to remove their rights and doing so strictly for the sheer malevolent pleasure of it …. then you have bought into an extraordinarily irrational delusion.


 

 

Justin C: If we keep voting for politicians who put the super-wealthy elite before ordinary citizens, a scenario as dark as The Handmaid’s Tale is inevitable. Probably in our lifetime.

Jewel D: It’s already happening- instead of hanging people (as per The Handmaids Tale) , the pollies in the “Land of Oz”, “Murica” and “Yeh Olde England” are offing the poor/elderly/disabled/ugly etc etc by cutting off any form of social security and treating any of those who dare squawk “please sir may I have more” in a manner that befits Dickensian times. 😒

Justin C: Like the bath that gets hotter & hotter until we suddenly realise we’re cooked.

Going to Getugly: Are you guys joking? Look around you! We live in a time in which the political class are terrified of appearing not to be pandering sufficiently to any real or imagined grievance claimed by any minority, racial group, feminists, subjectively conceived gender identity group, social justice activist etc. etc. Even mild, reasoned questioning of their claims, assertions and demands will get you labelled racist, misogynist or accused of indulging in any number of irrational phobias.

This is one of the bizarre traits of those on the  ‘progressive’-Left: The more they are pandered to… the more power and influence they achieve… the more attention is paid to their ideologically derived claims and grievances…. the more wild and hysterical their claims of ‘oppression’ and ‘marginalization’ becomes.


Mary Mc: I remember reading the Handmaids Tale when it was first published and have read every Atwood book since then. The TV screening is brilliant – I’m watching it with my daughter and its totally gripping. Oryx & Crake is another prescient Atwood novel … Atwood is a scientist as much as a writer so plenty of evidence and logic influence her writing – that’s what makes it – for me – so chilling at times. Obviously not everyone is going to relate to it in the same way – but I’ll resist calling them delusional…

Going to Getugly: It’s not the people who know this fantasy isn’t “prescient” who are delusional. And since when is Atwood a “scientist”?

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