Selling Her Suffering

The new Hulu TV series The Handmaid’s Tale has been enthusiastically acclaimed as a feminist classic. Fortunately for the show’s producers, if not for the rest of us, this scenario seems uncannily timely, given how many recent events suggest that, if men like Mike Pence and Mitch McConnell have their way, we might end up living in a dystopia of our own. But gradually it occurred to me that I was watching an orgy of violence against women—promoted and marketed as high-minded, politically astute popular entertainment.

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