I know that I’m a white-female so my opinion is not as valid (edit: my opinion is slightly…
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I know that I’m a white-female so my opinion is not as valid..

That’s the most offensive thing I’ve read on the Internet in a decade, and that’s saying something. Your ability to reason is not genetically linked to skin color.

What I mean to say is that, couldn’t it be purposeful that the show writers/producers left out that story to show how even-more-invisible the person of color is in this future where the ruling class is actually white and wealthy?

Virtually every discussion of HM I have read recently ignores what would be the logical behavior of any authoritarian government existing under the conditions of Gilead. I suspect its because this series has been kicked around by a football mostly between people whose primary interest is its social commentary, rather than what I see as a more obvious issue. Allow me to insert a contrarian view, with the caveat that I have only read the book several times, and have not wasted my time with the TV series.

The primary motivator that structures society in Gilead is not religion (even Atwood agrees with that), nor mysogeny (although that does exist of course). It’s economics and biology.

How’s that? Well, regardless of who we are, we have a primary instinct to procreate. Biologically, that is an undebatable statement.

Well, WHO in Gilead controls procreation? The handmaids, of course.

Confronted with the sterility of their own wives, the rulers in Gilead were confronted with a choice. They could (a) PAY the handmaids to procreate (but, the handmaids COULD say no; that would be unacceptable), or (b) just die out (see above, “instinct to procreate” — not happening) or (c ) enslave them.

They chose (c ), and wrapped it up in a theological wrapper so as to justify it. It also explains the hostility of the wives towards the handmaids (in the book, can’t speak for the series). The HM’s had something that the wives desperately wanted, and could never have. Fertility.

Now, I believe that in the book, Atwood has Af-Am people being herded into Midwestern states. That’s one possibility….I tend to doubt that that would actually happen, however, in real life. If fertility was at a premium, procreation would trump racism.

So, logically, no government under those conditions would send any fertile woman away, period. Too valuable a commodity.

My $.02.

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