While We Sleep: A Warning

I know it’s a long post, but I couldn’t let this pass and not reblog on ~burning woman~ And… yes it can happen again because it never really stopped.

Drifting Through

Screen Shot 2017-07-09 at 4.54.35 PM“I was asleep before… that’s how we let it happen. They suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary.”

This is Offred’s stark warning.

A narration of regret.

Her name’s not really Offred. It’s Jane. Or June. Or something that I can’t remember because her name no longer matters. She is no longer a human with an identity, she is the property of Fred. And she is the main character in Hulu’s series The Handmaid’s Tale, based on the 1985 Margaret Atwood novel.

Offred is a Handmaid in Gilead, the religious fundamentalist reincarnation of the United States. After a terrorist attack and environmental disasters left the republic weakened, a strong-arm theocracy took hold. Patriarchal control was the new order. Women, no longer allowed to work, read, vote or hold property. Children, taken at will from parents who refuse to conform. Traitors, hung along the river, government spies around…

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6 thoughts on “While We Sleep: A Warning

  1. Box of Miracles

    I binge watched this series over the weekend and was utterly mesmerised. It makes for disturbing and compelling viewing. “I was asleep before ….. that’s how we let it happen.” This quote rang a bell in my soul when I heard Offred say it – my thoughts spun out like a spiders web making numerous connections to real life current events. It’s a warning alright!

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  2. Rosaliene Bacchus

    Powerful and terrifying. Thanks for sharing.
    The following five words from the article sum up my convent novel: “Good. Girls. Don’t. Question. Authority.”

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  3. Woebegone but Hopeful

    I’ve signed up to the Facebook site, to further my education This attempt to put women ‘back in their place’ has been going on for far too long. Good share Sha’ Tara

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