The Handmaid's Tale is a feminist dystopian novel, a work of science fiction or speculative fiction, written by Canadian author Margaret Atwood and first published by McClelland and Stewart in 1985. Set in the near future, in a totalitarian theocracy which has overthrown the United States government, The Handmaid's Tale explores themes of women in subjugation and the various means by which they gain agency.Basically, it recounts what happens after war has been declared and women are reduced to illiterate slavery.
Today, I read this, in The Huffington Post. A story about a girl, gang raped and beaten for two hours outside her high school homecoming dance, while people looked on, joined it, and generally sank into bestiality for the nonce. From the article:
"She was raped, beaten, robbed and dehumanized by several suspects who were obviously OK enough with it to behave that way in each other's presence," Lt. Mark Gagan said. "What makes it even more disturbing is the presence of others. People came by, saw what was happening and failed to report it."They plied her with alcohol first. I guess that made it consensual in the eyes of the dozen or so onlookers who thought it was great entertainment.
What the hell is happening, here?
I'm well past the age where I would normally be at risk for rape (yes, I know...there are sickos out there), and I stay away from dangerous places, but I'll tell you what...if anyone did lay hands on me for such a nefarious purpose he might find himself living to regret it. Maybe not for long.
You have to fight the bastards, and I don't mean slapping and girl-fighting; I mean inflicting the most damage you can. A broken hand is better than being raped, and you have feet, knees, elbows and foreheads as well as hands. They may be stronger, and can take, but you can make them pay.