The Dystopia is near - Part I~ Marching Towards Gilead

… They are also downright biblical in their obsession to practically criminalise sex outside of marriage, and in their obvious Handmaid’s Tale-like intent to “guide” women back “on truck”, turning them into obedient little breeder / wives. There is an unmistakable shift in the way women are being treated by governments, the media, the pop culture and lately the law. Like in the case of the women in Margaret Atwood's dystopia “The Handmaid’s Tale”, which was written in 1985 and which is becoming increasingly relevant to our present, women’ s choice to reproduce is treated as public property,as if their bodies are no longer their own. All matters pertaining to their own health, and decisions t

The Handmaid’ s Tale – A Review

“Keep your shit together”, she keeps saying to herself, as she recites the woman-hating words along with the rest of them: “Her fault! Her fault! Her fault!” "...it was a sign of what was to come. Of that misogynistic righteousness that was boiling over, of that old primal male need to judge women by their body, to brand them by their sexuality, which is to their eyes threatening and offensive and in need of “punishment”. It is out there in our own societies too. In victim blaming when it comes to rape, in schools that teach abstinence and encourage girls (only girls of course) to sign “virgin pledges” and offer them to their fathers (!), in women being slut-shamed for having relationships o

Millennial Times & the Social Media Fishbowl

Millennial Times & the Social Media Fishbowl (To My Generation, Part III) Art & Words by Fanitsa Petrou Plus you are probably a website designer who re-reads the Harry Potter novels every year (and secretly believes that he is a Hufflepuff), not to mention you still sleep in your Star Wars PJs, spooning with your rescue French Bulldog, for godsakes! How tough do you think we think you are, by looking at your “mean” old beard? * Being born in the late sixties, and facing the big five-O coming your way, like an omen the size of a ship (or possibly a planet), is quite an eye-opener. It gives you clarity and perspective, but at the same time, renders you unable to have any kind of patience with

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