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Old 1st Jul 2008, 16:26   #18
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Default Re: Book 54: THE HANDMAID'S TALE by Margaret Atwood

She creates her own [freedom and joy] through relationship and even (hallelujah chorus refrain here) the occasional game of Scrabble. Plus all of the word games she plays when she's alone, and her continuous attempts to understand and process what is going on around her. In my thinking, this is feminism, the search for personal power as opposed to giving up.
To my mind, that isn't so much feminism as what we would hope any human would be doing. I don't see what makes it a feminist thing, except that Offred happens to be a woman (which has put her in that situation admittedly).

I was wondering as well about why there was no intervention from other states/countries, kirsty. I came to the conclusion that they were all too busy solving their own fall-out/procreation problems their own way and didn't have the resources to relate to what any other part of the world was doing.
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